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Parents,

This School Board race is getting out of hand. It’s no secret that our little race, especially BD4 covering the Westside thru parts of the West Valley and into upper Hollywood, is garnering national attention. With NYC Mayor Bloomberg throwing money into the race as well as lots of other outside interests from the reformer PACS to the collective union PACS, it’s becoming a real dogfight. The negative ads are downright distasteful, and not at all representative of either human being running for office.

What I hope people understand is that these ads flooding your mailboxes are filled with misleading rhetoric at best and downright lies at worst, and are usually NOT paid for, approved by, or even representative of the candidates themselves.

This is our “independent expenditures” category gone wild and run rampant throwing unlimited dollars into the fray at the same time we limit individual campaign contributions to $1000 per registered voter. Personally, I think we’ve sunk to a new low as outside groups spend millions of dollars battling for control of our local school board.

Hey Super PACS…here’s a novel thought. Spend your money on our kids! We sure could use a few million and definitely could use it in more productive ways.

In the meantime, please stay focused on the issues that REALLY matter, the ones that will affect OUR children’s future school experience as you select a candidate…such as how will you prioritize the budget, will you support continued charter growth or try to shut it down, what will you do about the growing co-location issue, how can we truly get rid of poor teachers, what about our middle and hight schools that still lag behind???

Please listen to the issues, listen to the candidates themselves, and decide who you think will be the most decisive and effective leader. And parents, please vote next Tuesday! We typically are completely under-represented at the polls. These are our kids. It’s time to activate on their behalf.

Listen to my “Meet the Candidates” PODCAST and decide for yourself!

GMG “Meet The Candidates” in LAUSD BD#4 Podcast


I am thrilled to announce the first-ever GoMamaGuide podcast, featuring Steve Zimmer and Kate Anderson, the two candidates running for LAUSD School Board District #4 on Tues, March 5th.

BD4 MapWhat does Board District #4 cover? Everything from the southwest San Fernando Valley, through Pacific Palisades, Venice, down to Westchester, and heading eastward through WLA, West Hollywood and even into parts of Hollywood.
See Map (It’s everything in white.)

With the race heating up and much of both campaigns getting mired by outside interests, deep indie expenditure dollars and negative ads, I put together a list of the Top Ten Hot Topic issues we are currently facing here in LAUSD. These are the challenges that affect YOU – the parents and families – and how they impact our current and future schools. (These are questions I hear over and over in my talks, and if you have school-aged children I know you’ve already experienced some of these issues, perhaps become frustrated by them, and/or can relate.)

Cut through the political spin and join me as I ask both candidates about the REAL ISSUES being played out right now in our school district, and hear what they intend to do about it. For convenience, I’ve indexed the questions by topic so you can get right to what peaks your interest most. Listen to both candidates’ answers back to back, get informed, but mainly, get out and vote on Tues, March 5th!

GoMamaGuide’s “Meet the Candidates” in LAUSD BD#4
Top Ten Burning Parent Questions:

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Your Vision for LAUSD
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#1. Prioritizing The Budget
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#2. Relentless Parent Fundraising
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#3. Narrowing of Curriculum/Over Focus on Test Results
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#5. Evaluating Teachers/Firing Bad Ones
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#8. Autonomy & The Parent Voice
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#10. Charter Reform vs. Union Status Quo
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Thanks to both candidates for agreeing to participate in my podcast!

This is just the beginning of a whole series of podcasts I plan to develop on issues we public school parents care most about.

I hope you’ll join my free monthly GoMamaGuidance newsletter for breaking district news and updates, subscribe to the blog for announcements and articles, and join our wonderful community of parents on our FB page. Thanks for listening!

-Tanya Anton, creator/founder GoMamaGuide.com

Watch the District #4 School Board Candidate Forum Video

Great turnout at last Thursday’s LAUSD District #4 School Board Candidate Forum in Venice hosted by The United Way, featuring candidates Steve Zimmer and Kate Anderson. Missed it? No worries. Watch the video here.

Nearly 200 People Turn Out for United Way’s LAUSD School Board Forum in Venice

PS Smart Tip: Get Informed and Participate

ItsYourSchlDon’t be one of those 90-some % of the population who don’t take the time to find out who their school board leaders are, then complain when they vote to cut your school’s budget, beloved teachers, or music and art programs. Or co-locate your school. Or relocate your school. Or close you down. Or convert your school to another kind of school altogether, without your input.

We sometimes tend to think THEY did this to US, not realizing that WE-the-people put THEM in the seat of power to begin with. And there are WAY more parents of school-aged children than unions or special interests in this town. It’s just that the majority of school parents have typically been mute when it comes to local voter turnout.
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These are OUR schools, and our local school board reps are OUR elected officials. Don’t let someone else decide it. Know who you’re putting in the driver’s seat of your child’s school experience. Ask questions. Participate. Learn. Vote.
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Did you know that school board reps have discretionary funds for school improvements, upgrades or pet projects? Did you also know that as an ally, your school board rep can look out for your school in a myriad of ways? Take the time to get to know the candidates and make the smart choice for your child’s education. Regardless who you vote for, the main thing is to actually vote.

Meet Your School Board Candidates!

School Board Flyer District 4Before you vote on March 5th, come meet your Board District 4 LAUSD school board candidates, Kate Anderson and Steve Zimmer tomorrow night, Thursday, January 24th 5:30p at The Boys and Girls Club in Venice. Here’s your chance to hear from and ask them questions.

Wondering just exactly what area LAUSD School Board District 4 covers and if it pertains to you?  Starting in the West Valley, Board District #4 covers everything south of the #101 and over to the #405, all of the Westside from Pacific Palisades all the way down to and including Westchester, from the Pacific Ocean cutting a swath eastward through West Hollywood and into parts of Hollywood. Here’s a map of the territory. So, basically, there’s a good chance this district covers many of you fine folks. Here’s the details…

The United Way of LA cordially invites you to
LAUSD School Board District 4

Candidate Forum

Thursday, January 24, 2013
Venice Boys and Girls Club
2232 Lincoln Blvd
(just north of Venice Blvd)
Venice, CA 90291
5:30 – 7:30p

(Food, childcare and translation provided.)
Reserve a space or to submit questions call 213-808-6407
or e-mail or rsmith@unitedwayla.org

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For a quick backstory, read LA School Report’s overview of the candidates HERE.

More backstory HERE.

More on the LAUSD School Board HERE.

Board Districts 2 (Garcia), 4 (Zimmer), and 6 (Martinez) term out on 6/30/13. The election is March 5th.

Couldn’t make it? View the recording of this Candidate Forum HERE.