Coalition of California Black School Board Members Support Appointing McKenna

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California Coalition of Black School Board MembersThis is huge news.

The leadership of the Coalition of California Black School Board Members (CCBSBM) is urging the LAUSD Board to appoint George McKenna to the District 1 seat, and they sent a strongly worded letter including: “The eyes of national, state and other educational entities are on you!”

Join with them by signing the petition to LAUSD Board Members now.

In the letter, CCBSBM president and Stockton USD School Board Member Gloria Allen pointed to the transformational time that the next 6 months represent for school boards throughout California:

“This is a critical year for all California School Board Members to establish 2014-2015 school year budgets that incorporate the new Local Control Funding Formula (LCCFF) and adapting the Common Core State Standards. We are making landmark decisions as a result of the largest K-12 public education funding transformation in state of California, historically in 40 years. The new LCFF is intended to provide more funding, greater local control and more support for students that are low-income, English Language Learners and foster care youths. Like you, our decisions as school boards over the next months will define educational policy for an entire generation of learners.

“Accordingly, the urgency of significant policy, educational, budget and administrative decisions that must be made in the next 6 months is crucial. Therefore, to leave the District 1 seat vacant without a voice may be undemocratic, and marginalize over 600,000 citizens, nearly 100,000 school children and over 100 schools. The eyes of national, state and other educational entities are on you! Given, the long-lasting impact of the decisions that must be made by your Board of Education in the upcoming months, we find it important to collectively urge you to choose the appointment process. Our appointment recommendation is Dr. George McKenna III, whom our organization greatly respects and has had a longstanding relationship with as a highly qualified educator.”

The full text of the letter is below.


They join with over 10 other current/retired school board members, including Rita Walters, Dr. Barbara Boudreux, Saundra Davis, Larry Aubry, Gloria Gray, Roy Grimes, Bishop Johnny Young Ph.D., Arnold Butler, Dexter Henderson, and Dr. Deborah LeBlanc, who, along with a host of education and parent groups, had already endorsed appointing George McKenna to fill the District 1 vacancy. Click here for the ever growing list of supporters.

So who do you believe? 

If you stand with the educators, sign the petition that sends an email to the board members now! Click here to sign the petition

Who will the board listen to?

Will the board listen to one big name politician and his son who are pushing a special election as part of a narrow political agenda and refuse to talk about the impact to the district from the 6 month vacancy?

Or will the board listen to their fellow school board member peers and the education community?

We find out tonight at 6 pm at the LAUSD Board Room – 333 S. Beaudry Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90017!

Dear Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education:

The unexpected death of the champion for schoolchildren, Marguerite Poindexter LaMotte is not only a loss to your school district but to our organization as well. Especially, since she passed in San Diego while attending the annual CSBA Conference and during our annual CCBSBM Business Meeting. We, as an organization of 150 African American School Board Members, the largest electorate of African Americans in the State of California, realize that filling the vacancy caused by Board Member LaMotte’s death is a difficult task. Thus, we, as school board members have serious concerns regarding your decision that will impact the students in the Los Angeles metropolitan area, specifically District 1 that LaMotte represented. As we understand it, if an appointment is not made for LaMotte’s vacancy then the LAUSD’s District 1 will be without voting representation until a special election.

This is a critical year for all California School Board Members to establish 2014-2015 school year budgets that incorporate the new Local Control Funding Formula (LCCFF) and adapting the Common Core State Standards. We are making landmark decisions as a result of the largest K-12 public education funding transformation in state of California, historically in 40 years. The new LCFF is intended to provide more funding, greater local control and more support for students that are low-income, English Language Learners and foster care youths. Like you, our decisions as school boards over the next months will define educational policy for an entire generation of learners. Accordingly, the urgency of significant policy, educational, budget and administrative decisions that must be made in the next 6 months is crucial. Therefore, to leave the District 1 seat vacant without a voice may be undemocratic, and marginalize over 600,000 citizens, nearly 100,000 school children and over 100 schools. The eyes of national, state and other educational entities are on you! Given, the long-lasting impact of the decisions that must be made by your Board of Education in the upcoming months, we find it important to collectively urge you to choose the appointment process. Our appointment recommendation is Dr. George McKenna III, whom our organization greatly respects and has had a longstanding relationship with as a highly qualified educator.

We know and completely understand the untimeliness and complexity of the decision you must make. Consequently, we encourage you to move swiftly to fill the District 1 vacancy through the constitutional appointment of Dr. McKenna so that Distinct 1 can be properly represented, engaged and have a voice during this decisive time of decisions by California Educators.

Thank you in advance for your serious consideration about this matter.

Respectfully,

Gloria Allen

CCBSBM, President

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