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School Board Elections: Does My Vote Even Matter?

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“Elections belong to the people. It’s their decision. If they decide to turn their back on the fire and burn their behinds, then they will just have to sit on their blisters.” – Abraham Lincoln

In a word, yes!  Votes matter in every election, but in local elections for positions like school board, a few hundred votes can literally swing the election. Those of you who’ve been reading my blog for a while now know that I’m passionate about education and believe wholeheartedly in the power of grassroots organizing.  I’ve seen how successful parents can be when we speak in a united voice. Politicians listen!  Policy makers and those in power like senior school district officials and school board members do take parents concerns to heart but we must speak up!  A few parents calling or emailing an elected official does little, but a few hundred parents calling, emailing, blogging, posting on Facebook and tweeting gets the point across loud and clear!

I live in Los Angeles and I’ve been closely following the story of Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) school board member Marguerite LaMotte’s passing and the LAUSD School Board’s decision in January to hold a special election to fill her seat.  You can read my blog posts from January here and here.  The election on June 3rd is less than 40 days away and there are 5 candidates vying for the seat.  I encourage you to attend a candidate forum and to educate yourself on the candidates who want to represent us, our kids and our schools! Bring a few friends from your child’s school and make it a night out and grab dinner after.  The candidate forums are actually pretty interesting and certainly informative!

Here’s a list of upcoming events to meet the candidates who are running for the LAUSD School Board District 1 seat:

May 1, 2014 at 7pm

Hamilton High School Auditorium, 2955 S. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90034

There is free parking at Kincardine & Durango.  This is Community Town Hall Meeting and everyone is welcome!  They’ll be a Q & A with candidates and the event is being presented by the South Robertson Neighborhoods Council and the League of Women Voters of Los Angeles.

May 3, 2014 11am-1pm

USC Taper Hall 202, 3501 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90089.  There is free parking.  In addition, refreshments will be available and lunch will be provided at the conclusion of the event.  The event is being co-sponsored by Parent Revolution, the Los Angeles Urban League and Students for Education Reform.

May 7, 2014 at 6pm

WARD A.M.E. Church

1177 W. 25th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

May 14, 2014 at 6pm

Mount Moriah Baptist Church
4269 S Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90037

To read more about the special election to fill the late Marguerite LaMotte’s LAUSD Board District 1 seat, please read the LA School Report’s article here.

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