Kelly Gonez will trade the classroom for the boardroom as she jumps full time into work to ‘change lives’
At just 28, Kelly Gonez has gone from being an education policy adviser for the Obama administration to middle school math teacher to the youngest member of the LA Unified school board. She won the May 16 runoff for the District 6 seat with less than 1,000 votes, obtaining 16,961 votes, or 51.5 percent, to Imelda Padilla’s...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | June 1, 2017
More voters turned out for school board than city elections
*UPDATED More people turned in ballots for the two LA Unified school board seats in the May 16 runoff than for either of the city council elections that day or Amendment C, the citywide ballot issue on police discipline. In the final tally, released Friday by the LA City Clerk’s Office, 11.35 percent of the voters showed up...
By Mike Szymanski | May 30, 2017
Parent power: The secret weapon that swept in change for public education in Los Angeles
Many point to record outside spending for the vote this month that brought a new pro-reform majority to the LA Unified school board. But what really made the difference is a groundswell of parent power as more than 2,500 parents were galvanized to usher in change. Hundreds of parents in the predominantly Latino east San Fernando...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | May 25, 2017
Stepping up the fight: Los Angeles’ teachers union in the aftermath of its major election defeat
*UPDATED The teachers union in Los Angeles — one of the largest local teachers unions in the nation — suffered a huge loss in last week’s school board election, but observers say it will only cause union leadership to fight harder. Ultimately, that could mean United Teachers Los Angeles will bolster efforts to unionize charter...
By Sarah Favot and Mike Szymanski | May 24, 2017
Commentary: What pro-equity advocates in California can learn from their wins in LAUSD
(Note: This article first appeared on La Comadre and Education Post) By Chris Bertelli When the ballots were finally tallied in the early morning hours on Wednesday, those of us who work for educational equity in California’s public schools had reason to celebrate. After an expensive, hard-fought campaign, two political newcomers – Nick Melvoin and Kelly Gonez – were...
By Guest contributor | May 22, 2017
Zimmer’s support for a ‘charter killer’ bill factored into his defeat, colleagues say
Steve Zimmer’s vote in April to direct LA Unified to support a state bill dubbed a “charter killer” factored into the board president’s defeat at the polls this week, his board colleagues say. The contentious 4-3 vote supported State Bill 808 authored by Sen. Tony Mendoza, which allowed school districts to reject public independent charter schools if they...
By Mike Szymanski | May 19, 2017