LOS ANGELES (Aug. 21, 2018) – The L.A. Unified Board of Education voted unanimously today to pass Board Vice President Nick Melvoin’s resolution to increase civic engagement by promoting voter registration and other awareness efforts for L.A. Unified students.
Co-sponsored by Board President Mónica García and Board Member Kelly Gonez, this resolution declares September 25, 2018 as “LA Unified High School Voter Registration Day,” as part of a joint partnership between the District, the City of LA, the CA Secretary of State, and parts of LA County.
“I am proud to see the record numbers of California students registering to vote and getting involved in the civic process however they can,” said Melvoin, who joined the Mayor and a group of Parkland students last month to discuss these efforts. “In a time of political challenges and divisive rhetoric, the next generation would rather light a candle than curse the darkness. I applaud them for that.”
“Our youth are the leaders of today, and they will make their voices heard at the ballot box this November,” García said. “I’m proud to continue to amplify student voices through National Voter Registration Day. L.A. Unified has engaged in early voting experiences for our students, and we will continue to support opportunities for students to be civically engaged in and out of school as they set the direction of our nation."
“As the nation’s second largest school district, I’m proud that we are expanding our commitment to register our students and ensure their voices are heard on election day,” Gonez added. “In our current political environment, we need the voices of our students and young people now more than ever.”
“Guiding our young people in exercising their rights and responsibilities is among our top priorities as board members and as a school district,” Board Member Dr. George McKenna III said. “I stand united with my colleagues in encouraging our students to make their voices heard though the democratic process.”
“As a former principal, I know full well the importance of preparing our students for civic participation,” Board Member Scott M. Schmerelson said. “I applaud our leaders and this institution for helping prepare our students for the role they will play in shaping our future.”
"We have a responsibility as educators to bring our students into the democratic process,” Board Member Dr. Richard Vladovic said. “The fewer burdens we have to get our students to the polls the better."
Nick Melvoin is proud to serve the dynamic communities of District 4 as the Vice President of the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education. Nick’s election to the Board in May of 2017 follows a career fighting for our city’s schoolchildren. He believes that together, with the right leadership, we can ensure that every student in Los Angeles has the opportunity to succeed. Los Angeles Unified Board District 4 includes the communities of Brentwood, Del Rey, East Hollywood, Encino, Hollywood, Mar Vista, Marina Del Rey, Pacific Palisades, Playa Del Rey, Playa Vista, Tarzana, Toluca Lake, Topanga, Westchester, West Hollywood, Westwood, Woodland Hills & Venice.
If you would like more information about this topic, please call Ally Salvaria at 213-241-6387, or email at Ally.Salvaria@LAUSD.net.