Help us pack the LAUSD board room Aug. 30!

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August 25, 2011 Two years ago, with an outpouring of support from you, parents and the charter community, the Los Angeles Unified School Board voted for the Public School Choice initiative - a powerful reform to improve schools in Los Angeles which is already making a difference for thousands of students. This Tuesday, the board might vote to not allow charter schools and community groups to apply for new school sites.

It is now looking like the resolution may pass, effectively ending the Public School Choice reform initiative. Boardmembers are working behind closed doors right now and getting a lot of political pressure from special interests. Make sure they hear from parents - put kids first, not politics!

The LAUSD board needs to hear from you, your teachers and parents before Tuesday's vote.
Calls are most effective, especially from schools and parents in these boardmembers' districts. We have also set up a hub for parents to send emails to the boardmembers.

Tell the boardmembers:

  • Please vote NO on Steve Zimmer's Public School Choice Resolution on Tuesday.
  • Families need more choices, not less.
  • Give charter schools a chance to be part of improving public education in Los Angeles - put kids first!

All of the boardmembers need to hear this message, but we are particularly reaching out to Tamar Galatzan and Richard Vladovic. Please don't hesitate to be in touch with them if you, one of your staff, teachers, boardmembers or parents has a positive relationship with their offices.

Tamar Galatzan (Represents the West Valley) (213) 241-6386

Richard Vladovic (Represents South LA, Gardena, San Pedro) (213) 241-6385

Mónica García (Represents Downtown and Northeast) (213)241-6180

Bennett Kayser (Represents Northeast and Huntington Park/South Gate) (213) 241-5555

Marguerite LaMotte (Represents south LA) (213) 241-6382

Nury Martinez (Represents the East San Fernando Valley) (213) 241-6388

Steve Zimmer (Represents the west side) (213) 241-6387

Help us pack the board room on Tuesday, Aug. 30!
We will get in line at noon for the 1 p.m. board meeting - UTLA plans to be out in force, so we need to mobilize our community! Many community groups are also organizing against this resolution, including Alliance for a Better Community, United Way, Families in Schools and others. Join us in showing the board members the community is united for school choice.

If you plan to be at the meeting and can bring parents, contact Corri Ravare, (213) 840-3033. For other questions, talk to Sara Hernandez, (213) 924-4899. See you on Tuesday!