It has been two years since I was sworn in to serve on the LA Unified Board of Education and represent the families and schools of Board District 4.
Every day and every decision in our work starts with a promise to put kids first. We have made progress on our priorities by building new coalitions and soliciting community input. We have worked hard to ensure that we can hear from every stakeholder, no matter their viewpoint or disagreements. We have stayed true to our values in the face of opposition, opting always to do what is right over what is easy.
Last year, we heard from parents about the need for district transparency, stronger K-12 pathways, better safety measures, and more resources in schools. This year, we introduced an Open Data platform and catalog with publicly accessible datasets. We engaged the community to begin the process of opening new middle school options. And we funded nearly $154M in projects to directly benefit schools in my district, including technology and security upgrades.
As I told thousands of graduates this year—change is hard, but possible. And it starts by showing up. So, as long as I’m in a position to make a positive impact on the students of LA Unified, I will show up every day to do just that. Take a look at what we’ve achieved this year, together.