THE CASE FOR PICKING NICK (MELVOIN) for LAUSD Board District 4
· 71% of LAUSD students fail to meet state standards in math.
· 61% of LAUSD students fail to meet state standards in english.
· 56% of LAUSD students fail to qualify for admission to UC and Cal State
· 22% increase in funding for downtown administrative staff
· 9% cut in classroom funding
· 76% cut in music and arts programs
· $1.4 billion budget deficit
· $13 billion in unfunded pension costs
The candidate: After graduating Harvard, Nick went to teach in Watts. He was a great teacher and yet due to LAUSD board policies, he was laid off two years in a row. So he worked with the ACLU to challenge local and state education policies that devastate the teaching profession in inner city public schools (the Vergara case), went to law school and graduate education school, joined the Obama White House, and helped lead local charter schools. Now he is taking on the eight-year incumbent and LAUSD Board President.
The other guy: at the debates Steve Zimmer just seems worn out and lacking in any fresh ideas for the school district. The enthusiasm, ideas and energy that initially attracted us is all gone. He spends his debate time and his advertising falsely claiming that Nick is aligned with Donald Trump and Betsy DeVos. He complains that there are too many charter schools in LA despite the huge wait lists to get in one.
What you can do: Vote for Nick Melvoin today and remind all your friends and colleagues to do so. Join Speak UP at http://speakupparents.org/, join Moms for Melvoin, or join Teachers for Melvoin. Keep up the fight to turn the district around for your kids, your grandkids or the kids you may have later on in your life. PICK NICK!
Prepared by: Lucien Wulsin