Posted by Steven Levin on May 18, 2017 at 9:24 AM
On Tuesday, May 16, CCSA Advocates-endorsed candidates Nick Melvoin and Kelly Gonez won their elections for the LAUSD School Board.
Nick and Kelly believe that a zip code should not determine the educational quality that a student receives and they value a parent’s right to choose the best public school for their child, whether that’s a traditional district, magnet, pilot, or charter school. They agree with educators that want to do more of what is working and less of what isn’t.
These wins represent a new direction for the Los Angeles Unified School Board; we hope the District can embrace charter schools’ important role in LAUSD to provide access to high-quality public schools to all students and to be partners in developing and sharing best practices.
Many of our supporters have spent months working hard to elect LAUSD’s newest school board members. These wins could not have been possible without you. We want to offer our sincerest thanks. Your efforts gave a voice to our students and communities.
In Board District 4, Nick defeated incumbent school board president Steve Zimmer by a margin of 57.41% to 42.58%. This represents a mandate for a new leader in BD4 to ensure that every student in LAUSD has the opportunity to succeed.
In Board District 6, Kelly defeated Imelda Padilla by a margin of 51.47% to 48.52% to replace outgoing school board member Monica Ratliff. Kelly’s experience in the classroom and in federal education policy underscores the breadth and depth she will bring to the school board to solve some of the district’s biggest challenges.
These results are delivered with one note of caution: late absentee ballots remain to be counted, which could result in a substantial increase in the number of votes cast. However, the results aligned fairly closely across early mail ballots and election day votes, so we would not expect a major shift in the late mail-in ballots.
We congratulate both of our endorsed candidates on hard-fought campaigns and our team looks forward to reaching out to them and working with them on behalf of all students in LAUSD.
We also want to acknowledge the good intentions of both Steve Zimmer and Imelda Padilla. While we may have differences on some policies and strategies, we know that we share many of the same goals to ensure the district puts kids’ interests first.
We invite you to stay involved in our efforts and encourage you to get involved in the LA Advocacy Council or any of the Policy Working Groups. Please follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest news and information about the California charter school community.
Thank you again for your continued efforts.