Network for Public Education Action endorses Scott Schmerelson

The Network for Public Education Action is pleased to endorse Scott Mark Schmerelson for Los Angeles Unified School District, Board District 3. Scott was elected to this position in 2015 after he beat a two-term incumbent. Scott’s strength has been to inform all his policy decisions on how instruction and operations impact each of LAUSD’s unique school communities. He has worked hard to make meeting the needs of Special Education and English Language Learners a priority of LAUSD. Scott tells NPE Action that he “will continue to support policies that promote social, economic, and environmental justice for our children’s future.”

Scott has served the children of LAUSD for over four decades. He has lived in the District that he represents for 31 years. Scott’s constituents know him as a retired educator who is committed to the LAUSD community. He is known for his efforts in fighting privatization and outsourcing. His opponent in the race is Marilyn Koziatek, a charter high school employee and a charter school advocate. The California Charter School Association and their related political network have funneled money to Koziatek’s campaign directly and through independent expenditures – about $3 million in the primary from donors such Reed Hastings and the Walton family.  

Scott told NPE Action that his top priority is “Continuing to fight for fair and adequate funding for public schools in Los Angeles and against privatization and outsourcing of traditional education programs and services. “

Scott’s positions on testing, charters, and vouchers are all in line with those of NPE Action. “I stand steadfastly against the use of public, taxpayer money financing private schools.”

Scott is an outstanding candidate and friend of public education. We urge voters in District 3 to cast their vote for Scott in the general election on November 3, 2020.

You can post this endorsement using this link: https://npeaction.org/scott-mark-schmerelson/

Scott Schmerelson receives endorsement from Southern California Armenian Democrats (SCAD)

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.

Sierra Club recognizes Scott’s leadership in environmental matters by endorsing him!


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.

Los Angeles Times endorses Scott Schmerelson

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.

PLANNED PARENTHOOD endorses Scott Schmerelson!

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.

Young Democrats in LA and in the Valley Endorse Scott!

It is so good to get the endorsement of our Democrats from LA County and from the San Fernando Valley!

Founded nearly 50 years ago by Congressmen Henry Waxman and Howard Berman and former City Controller Rick Tuttle and others, the Los Angeles County Young Democrats is the largest organization in California focused on giving young people a voice and a vehicle for activism in local, state, and federal political issues. 

With more than 1,400 members and supporters and dozens of local, state, and federal candidates either members or helped into office by the Club, LACYD remains at the forefront of keeping Young Democrats engaged, informed, and heard on issues of importance to young people.

The San Fernando Valley Young Democrats shall endeavor to stimulate in young people an active interest in governmental affairs, increase the efficiency of our government, maintain the viability of our free institutions, and contribute to the growth and influence of the ideals and philosophy of the Democratic Party.

Thank you for your endorsement!

The LA County Federation of Labor stands with Scott!

It’s not everyday that you get the support of 800,000 workers who are working, day in and day out, to bring lasting change to Los Angeles! The endorsement by the County Federation of workers means being supported by a movement for justice and opportunity. It is a great honor.

Thank you for your support!

See complete list here.

Diane Ravitch endorses Scott!

Diane Ravitch, an eminent historian of education, an educational policy analyst, and a research professor at New York University and previously U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education, has endorsed Scott! Ravitch has been the titular leader of the grass-roots movement against corporate school reform since 2010 when her book “The Death and Life of the Great American School System” was published and quickly became a bestseller. 

Scott is proud to have her endorsement: “Diane’s endorsement means so much to me because she is a true champion for our kids, for our teachers, and for protecting our neighborhood public schools.”

Armenian National Committee – WR endorses Scott

The Armenian National Committee of America Western Region has endorsed Scott Schmerelson for Los Angeles Unified School Board, District 3.

The endorsement followed a meeting between Board member Schmerelson and representatives of the ANCA Western Region Board of Directors and members of ANCA Western Region Education Committee.

“Over the years, Mr. Schmerelson has been immensely supportive of continuing the education on the Armenian Genocide and expanding its coverage in Los Angeles District schools,” remarked ANCA-WR Board Chair Nora Hovsepian, Esq. “He has been helpful in organizing professional development workshops for teachers about the Armenian Genocide and over the years has stood shoulder to shoulder with our community on Armenian issues.”

Board member Scott Schmerelson represents the Third District of Los Angeles Unified School District, which encompasses San Fernando Valley neighborhoods of Van Nuys, Reseda, Lake, and North Hollywood, among other areas.

“I am highly honored to be endorsed by the Armenian National Committee of America Western Region, an organization which represent the Armenian children, parents, educators and community all through the western United States. They fight for the rights of all children in our district, not just Armenian students. They provide excellent professional development for our teachers and administrators that focus on a curriculum that recognizes that we all matter and contribute to having a well-educated and informed community.”

During the meeting, Mr. Schmerelson also expressed his commitment to continuing to represent the Armenian students of the Third District, and making sure that teachers are have the resources available to teach about the Armenian Genocide. He also spoke about the importance of equipping teachers of LAUSD with knowledge and understanding about the Armenian Genocide through professional development workshops.

The Armenian National Committee of America – Western Region is the largest and most influential nonpartisan Armenian American grassroots advocacy organization in the Western United States. Working in coordination with a network of offices, chapters, and supporters throughout the Western United States and affiliated organizations around the country, the ANCA-WR advances the concerns of the Armenian American community on a broad range of issues in pursuit of the Armenian Cause.