Recognizing the critical impact of parent voices, the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education recently took the first step to expand the electorate for school board elections to include all parents, grandparents and guardians, regardless of immigration status.
LAUSD Board Member Kelly Gonez authored a resolution that creates a study group to work in partnership with immigrant rights groups, labor partners, parents and the city and county on next steps. Ultimately, expanding the electorate will require a successful ballot initiative.
“I grew up in a family of immigrants, so this resolution means so much to me personally and professionally. Our immigrant communities are deeply vested in our public schools,” Gonez said. “Regardless of citizenship status, every parent deserves a say in who represents them, their children and their schools.”
The study group will consider how to ensure the confidentiality of immigrants who register to vote, to avoid retaliation from the current and future federal administrations.
“Especially in today’s anti-immigrant climate, we are particularly focused on assuaging any fear of retaliation,” Gonez added. “The study group will be looking at ways to protect our families.”
“Our parents are our partners in the education process, and it is critical that all of our parents have access to the democratic process that chooses this board,” LAUSD Board President Dr. Richard Vladovic said. “We hope that this study group can think of ways to include all parents while keeping their immigration status private and safe.”
Other organizations that joined in support of the resolution include the Service Employees International Union Local 99, United Teachers Los Angeles, the American Civil Liberties Union and the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights.
For information, visit lausd.net.
This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.