On Thursday, January 27, 2020. After a careful evaluation and consideration, The Southern California Armenian Democrats (SCAD) are proud and honored to endorse Scott Schmerelson’s re-election for Los Angeles Unified School Board, District 3.
SCAD is proud to join the Los Angeles County Democratic Party and numerous Democratic Clubs in endorsing Scott Schmerelson’s re-election to the LAUSD School Board, District 3. Scott has been a good friend of the Armenian Community and a proven advocate for all children and our public schools.
Southern California Armenian Democrats (SCAD) is the first and the largest regional Armenian- American Democratic Club in Southern California. SCAD’s goals are to represent the collective Armenian-American viewpoint on matters and policies of the Democratic Party, increase and strengthen the number of Armenian-American Democrats, influence and guide California State policy on matters of interest to the Armenian-American community, promote the election of Armenian-American Democrats to political offices, and maintain the viability of our free institutions.
We are so lucky to have community members, teachers, educational advocates that care so much about our neighborhood schools and about our students’ education. And that they know that Scott has been a most effective School Board member and needs to be re-elected.
Scott’s success is passing the Clean Energy resolution was evidence of his commitment to making sure our schools are strong stewards of the environment. As this LAist article reported, Scott’s resolution represented “an aggressive set of goals that would ultimately wean the nation’s second-largest school district off of all non-renewable energy sources by 2040. And that’s only the long-term goal.” They said that “You might call it LAUSD’s own “Green New Deal” as it commits LAUSD to rely exclusively on clean sources of electricity by an even earlier deadline: 2030.
Schmerelson, an incumbent who is strongly allied with the teachers union, United Teachers Los Angeles, has been the most vocally hostile to Beutner and to the growth of charter schools in the district. Yet he is not so rigid in practice, and, to his credit, has actually voted to approve many charters.
Schmerelson shows a dismaying tendency to think narrowly about his own district, which covers the West San Fernando Valley, rather than the students of L.A. Unified as a whole. Asked why there were so few magnet schools in South Los Angeles and other areas of the district where the need is high, he replied that it was up to individual board members to ask for these programs in their district.
Not quite. While board members have a particular obligation to their own districts, it is their responsibility to consider the fair allocation of resources to all students.
But Schmerelson is a stronger candidate than either of his challengers.
I am truly honored to be the candidate, in the race for LAUSD Board District 3, to be endorsed by the Planned Parenthood Advocacy Project Los Angeles County Action Fund. At a time when reproductive rights and women’s access to comprehensive reproductive health services are under attack, I am proud to stand with the Advocacy Project and their efforts to make sure that all women, especially low-income Californians, are able to take advantage of the health and family planning services relied on by so many LAUSD families and community members.