Did Scott donate to a Republican organization or to Trump?

Scott Schmerelson DID NOT DONATE to Trump or any Republican organization and his opponent knows this. The reported payment is to a well known campaign vendor.

Scott’s campaign purchased advertising on at least a dozen “slate mail cards” targeting different groups of voters. One of the slates targeted Republican voters. It is a common practice for candidates in non-partisan races to pool resources when they do not have millions of dollars to spend on expensive individual mailers. There is literally an asterisk on these slate mailers saying that candidates don’t necessarily support other candidates on the mailer.

Especially in these transitional times, should Scott not be asking all voters to check out his record?  Is it the position of Scott’s opponent that neither she nor her supporters are mailing to Republican households?

Despite our opponent’s efforts to confuse the issue, Scott Schmerelson is the only candidate for School Board who is endorsed by the Los Angeles County Democratic Party and every Democratic Club in the District.  He is also endorsed by the Los Angeles Times, the Planned Parenthood Advocacy Project, the Sierra Club and State Superintendent of Schools, Tony Thurmond.

Who really sets the pay for LAUSD Board Members?

It seems some people didn’t do their homework before asserting LAUSD board members gave themselves a raise.

Here’s the truth, as established by the Charter of the City of Los Angeles.

Who sets the pay?

The total compensation for members of the Board of Education shall be set by a compensation committee which is comprised by seven members which must reside within LAUSD boundaries.

  • Two of them must parents of students attending an LAUSD school, one inside LA City and one outside.
  • One must be an expert in compensation.
  • Two must have business experience, one must be a corporate executive, one must be a small business.
  • Two must represent labor unions.

Who appoints them?

  The members of the committee are appointed by:

  • the Mayor of the City of Los Angeles
  • the Mayors of the Cities of Bell, Cudahy, Huntington Park, Mayoowd and South Gate
  • the Mayors of the Cities of Gardena, Carson, Lomita, Monterey Park, San Fernando and West Hollywood
  • the Chair of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors
  • the President of the Los Angeles City Council

and confirmed by a majority vote of the Los Angeles City Council. 

The committee then adopts a resolution that establishes the annual salary and the medical, dental, insurance and other benefits of the Board of Education members.  The committee shall be dissolved 60 days after adoption of the resolution.

When did they last raise the pay?

A committee convened in 2007 and raised the salary from $26,000 to $46,000 (for board members who did not have a separate job). This was the first major salary bump since 1984. A committee convened in 2012 and voted not to make changes to the salary.

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.

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!