Board Member Mónica García is sworn in to fourth term on the Los Angeles Board of Education

LOS ANGELES (July 6, 2017) - Board Member Mónica García was sworn in today for her fourth term as a member of the Los Angeles Board of Education. Board Member García, who will represent Board District 2, is the most senior sitting Board Member, having served an unprecedented six years as President, and is the third Chicana/Latina to hold a seat in over 164 years.

“I am honored to represent students and families on the School Board and will continue to partner with the coalition of students, parents, employees, community organizations and stakeholders that are working hard every day to increase the number of our students who are graduating college-prepared and career-ready,” said Board Member Garcia. 

“We must embrace love, hope and strength as we affirm our beliefs in our ability to lead and learn in L.A. Unified” she said. “We are grateful to every stakeholder that has demanded better services for our youth and families. We are proud of our progress and positive impact on youth and we know we are not done. L.A. Unified must accelerate the rate of progress and close the opportunity gap that exists.”

“For the decade that I’ve known her, Mónica García has been a relentless advocate for every child, guided by the belief that it is our duty as educators and public servants to set high expectations for our students and equip them with the resources to achieve. I am honored to have sworn in Mónica for her fourth term to the School Board this morning. District 2 will continue to benefit from her courageous leadership and bold vision of a Los Angeles, where every single child meets their potential,” said former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

Leslie Fuentes, Garfield High School 2017 graduate shared, “I thank Board Member García for the way schools in my community have gotten better. I’ve noticed the difference in suspensions and graduation rates. I am excited to know that as I graduate my high school has been designated as a Gold Ribbon School! Because of the dedication and support of leaders like her I feel confident in my new journey at Wellesley College in Massachusetts this coming Fall. I am glad she will be here for years to come so that she may inspire other young people like me.”

“I am excited to see what Board Member García can accomplish during her term, including moving us closer to a 100 percent graduation rate,” said Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis. “L.A. County is lucky to have a champion like her serving our kids, and her work has helped more students thrive inside and outside the classroom.”

“If the last ten years are any indication, the future is bright for the children and families in L.A. Unified. Ms. García’s commitment to improving the lives of students and school employees alike has been unwavering. From access to health care for Food Service Workers and Teacher’s Assistants, to ensuring A-G for all, Mónica García has been one of the most consistently courageous voices on this Board. SEIU Local 99 looks forward to continuing our partnership in the years to come,” said Max Arias, Executive Director of SEIU 99.

“I am grateful that Angelenos from Board District 2 have once again chosen a leader that puts kids first. Board Member García’s work has created more avenues for students to stay on the course to achievement and away from the on ramps into the prison industrial complex,” said Councilman Marqueece Harris-Dawson of the Council District 8.

Education leaders across the board shared their deep appreciation for the Board Member.

“We are excited to continue to work closely with her for the next 5 1/2 years. Mónica has done great things for the District, in general, and the Mendez [H.S] community in particular,” said L.A. Unified Parent and Principal Mauro Bautista.

“We are confident that her strong leadership will continue to help advance educational justice for students of color in L.A. Unified,” said Maria Brenes, Executive Director of InnerCity Struggle and L.A. Unified parent.

“Board Member Mónica García is a champion for our students and we are proud to have her strong leadership,” said Superintendent Dr. King.

García, whose work to interrupt poverty through education has gained support across the county, was also heralded by SEIU 721’s Treasurer David Green "I am proud to stand with my friend Mónica García, to support and protect the children of Los Angeles. Mónica is a champion of children and her great work, dedication and leadership has meant more opportunities for our communities.”

“What an honor it is to represent the children of Los Angeles as we welcome the graduating class of 2018 and the incoming kindergarten class that will graduate in 2030,” García continued. “I am confident that the best is yet to come in L.A. Unified, and I am ready to get to work on the Kids First Agenda!”

Board member García has served on the seven-member board since 2006. She proudly represents the communities of Boyle Heights, El Sereno, Lincoln Heights, East Los Angeles, Downtown Los Angeles, Chinatown, Koreatown and parts of South Los Angeles. Ms. García was born and raised in East Los Angeles. She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a B.A. degree in Chicano Studies and Political Science. She earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Southern California. Adelante!

 

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Contact:

Contact: Lizette Patron (323)481-7346
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