In many ways, District 2 is a microcosm of the 2016 Presidential race. I am a Berniecrat running on a platform that supports public education, empowers parents and teachers and stands up for the most vulnerable, including students with special education needs. The incumbent, Monica Garcia is an establishment Democrat who attended the Democratic convention as a delegate for Hillary Clinton and whose Facebook page is titled @iamwithmonicagarcia. Standing in for Trump is Walter Bannister, who even uses the slogan “make our schools great again”. He has tweeted that we should forcibly arm ALL teachers, that vaccines are ineffective and harmful, blows the dog whistle by calling for the “end [of] compulsory busing” and says that “government ownership, operation, regulation and subsidy of schools and colleges should be ended.” There are also two other candidates who currently have a limited internet trail.Read more
The LAUSD School Board includes former teachers and school administrators. A student representative is also included in an advisory role. However, not one of the seven Board members has a child who is currently enrolled in the District. With this lack of representation is it a surprise that too many parents feel that they do not have a voice in how the District operates?Read more
-Dr. Diane Ravitch
Former Asst. Secretary of Education
- Mónica García, 9/20/16
Ms. García has been on the LAUSD Board for ten years and she says that our kids still can’t read? It is time for a change! I am a father of five who has fought the LAUSD to get my two daughters the special education services they needed. Now I fight for ALL KIDS:
The LAUSD School Board needs a parent's perspective. None of the current Board members has a child enrolled in the District. I am a father of five who has fought the LAUSD to get my children the services that they needed. Now I want to fight for ALL KIDS.
Our children are not widgets in an education factory. The District must provide opportunities to all students, not just those who are college-bound. I’ll fight for music and the arts, special ed centers, vocational training, and the right to opt-out of standardized testing.
I support the NAACP’s resolution. We need a “moratorium on charter school expansion and for the strengthening of oversight”. Unlike Mónica García's campaign, this campaign will not be funded by the charter industry. I will answer to the parents and students of the district, not corporate donors.
CHANGE IS COMING: The Los Angeles local elections are on March 7, 2017. RegisterToVote.ca.gov
All Kids Are Our Kids!
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Paid for by Carl J. Petersen for LAUSD School Board 2017 (ID# 1384794)