LOS ANGELES - Today, the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education, the largest independent elected school board in the nation responsible for PK-12 and adult education, selected Mónica García by acclamation to the leadership post as board president.
The longest serving member on the school board, she thanked her colleagues and noted that each of them contributes an important perspective to the work ahead.
“It is always an amazing day to be on the school board where we are able to serve on behalf of our district and the children of Los Angeles. It is an honor and privilege to serve as chair. I thank you all for being willing to do the work of our children. We are a board that says everyone works for each and every child,” said L.A. Unified’s Board President García. “I welcome our energy and focus to end illiteracy, create pathways for our students to earn more and learn more and strengthen relationships with employees, parents, families, and community partners. We have made progress but have more work to do to reach our goal of 100 percent graduation.”
Board Member Nick Melvoin accepted President García’s appointment as vice president.
“I am humbled to serve in this role and to continue making progress on our Kids First agenda,” Vice President Melvoin said. “I have learned a great deal from my fellow board members, and I look forward to working closely with President García to ensure all kids graduate ready for success in college, careers, and life.”
“On behalf of the L.A. Unified family, I want to congratulate Ms. García and Mr. Melvoin,” said L.A. Unified Superintendent Michelle King. “I look forward to their leadership and collaboration as we progress toward our goal of 100 percent graduation. I am grateful to all of the board members for their dedication and commitment in helping our District close the opportunity and achievement gaps and provide a high-quality education for our future leaders.”
“As the most experienced board member, Mónica García has been a fearless leader who has served this district with the sense of urgency that our students and families deserve,” said School Board Member Dr. Ref Rodriguez. “Her ‘Kids First’ vision and agenda has permeated everything that we do, and I am confident that her leadership will move this district toward 100 percent graduation.”
“Today, we took a step forward toward supporting our schools and our collective goal of 100 percent graduation. Board President García has the experience to lead our board and run our meetings efficiently,” said Board Member Kelly Gonez. “Our students and families cannot afford for us to lose momentum. We will continue to work to ensure every L.A. Unified student receives a high-quality public education.”
L.A. Unified community members and stakeholders shared their optimism in today’s announcement.
“We appreciate Mónica García’s dedication to L.A. Unified students and working families and applaud her selection as L.A. Unified board president. From her commitment to ensuring every child has access to a quality education, to her support for raising the District’s minimum wage to $15 per hour, and expanding health care benefits to cafeteria workers and teacher assistants, Mónica understands that when parents have good jobs, their children have the stability that they need to learn,” said SEIU Local 99’s Executive Director Max Arias. “We look forward to continuing to work with her in her role as board president.”
“School Board Member Mónica García stepping into the role of board president is exciting news for the students and families of the L.A. Unified,” said InnerCity Struggle’s Executive Director Maria Brenes. “She has a proven track record of being a champion for our highest need children and schools, her leadership will propel the success of the district even further. InnerCity Struggle looks forward to working together to advance college access, equitable funding, positive school climate, parent empowerment and immigrant protection – we know we have a firm ally of justice leading the Board of Education. Adelante!”
“The LA/OC Building Trades is proud to support the selection of Mónica García for board president. As in the past, Ms. García has always put the students first all the while being fiscally responsible to the district and the taxpayers,” said Ron Miller, executive secretary of the Los Angeles/Orange County Building & Construction Trades Council.
Aurea Montes-Rodriquez, Community Coalition’s executive vice president shared: "Mónica García has consistently proven that she is a staunch champion for children and we look forward to her leading the district and we hope she makes equity a top priority for the highest need schools and students in South and East L.A.”
“We want to extend heartfelt congratulations from United Way of Greater Los Angeles to Mónica García for being selected as the L.A. Unified Board President for the seventh term,” said Elise Buik, president & CEO of United Way of Greater Los Angeles. “Ms. García is an esteemed educator, consistent champion for equity in our schools, and we’re confident that she’ll continue to serve in the best interest of our students.”
Oscar E. Cruz, Families In Schools president and C.E.O. said the organization “looks forward to working with L.A.Unified’s Board President Mónica García in ensuring all students are ready for college and career and in creating welcoming school environments where families and students feel safe to learn and grow.”
“Ms. García has been a fierce advocate for all of L.A.'s students and, in particular, those with the highest needs. At the Partnership for L.A. Schools we look forward to her leadership as president of the shool board, as we believe her commitment to transformational change will be magnified,” said Carolyn Webb de Macias, chairwoman of the board of directors for the Partnership. “We will continue to stand in partnership with her, and the entire board and staff at L.A. Unified in pursuit of every student graduating with the skills needed to succeed in college and life.”
“The Children’s Defense Fund-California applauds Mónica García for her commitment to community, and especially for keeping student voice at the center of important debates and decisions at L.A. Unified,” said Executive Director Shimica Gaskins. “We look forward to continuing to work in partnership with the L.A. Unified board under her leadership to improve the learning experience of all students, especially those students who have been historically underserved by public education.”
Local and statewide elected leadership provided their support for the newly-elected board president.
"Mónica García is a champion for our schools, and I know she will make an excellent L.A. Unified board president," said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. "I congratulate Mónica, and look forward to working closely with her to achieve a 100 percent graduation rate, expand access to free college, and connect young Angelenos with opportunities to jump-start their careers."
“Education is an equalizer and a pathway for prosperity for children all across the great state of California,” said California Senate President pro tem Kevin de León. “I congratulate my good friend Mónica García on her selection as board president and look forward to the progress that results when we focus on positive outcomes to give all children an opportunity to succeed in life.”
“I congratulate Board Member García on her selection as board president,” said L.A. County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis. “I look forward to our continued collaboration to ensure that our children have the resources and opportunities they need to succeed in school and beyond.”
“Board President Mónica García brings experience and a steady hand as the new L.A. Unified’s board president. Her commitment to the children of Los Angeles is unwavering,” said Los Angeles City Councilmember Nury Martinez. “She has served through some of the district’s most challenging years, and the experienced gained throughout her tenure makes her uniquely qualified to be board president at this time.”
"Mónica García is an excellent example of tried and tested leadership,” said Los Angeles City Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson. “I know she will continue the progress of making L.A. Unified the school district that all Angelenos deserve."
“When I was mayor, education was my top priority and I partnered with Ms. García who is bold, courageous and a proven leader. As a result of a lot of hard work, graduation rates increased,” said former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. “Congratulations to Mónica García for being elected to lead the Los Angeles Board of Education.”
“The men and women of the Los Angeles School Police Management Association congratulate Mónica García on her election to president of the Los Angeles Unified School District’s Board of Education,” said P. J. Webb, president, Los Angeles School Police Management Association. “We have every confidence in Ms. Garcia’s leadership and look forward to working closely with her to continue our efforts toward student success and the safety of our school communities.”
Rudy Perez, vice president of the Los Angeles School Police Officers Association said: “The Los Angeles School Police Officers Association would like to congratulate Mónica García and Nick Melvoin on their new positions. We know that it is their desire to educate, mentor, lead and protect our children safely across our graduation stages.”
Congratulations, Felicidades and Mazel Tov!
The Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education’s goals are: 100 percent graduation; proficiency for all; 100 percent attendance; parent and community engagement; and school safety. For more information go to: www.lausd.net
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