2022 LAUSD Elections
Representation For The Highest Bidder
An LAUSD Board Member offers her constituents her views on the state of the school district — if they are willing to pay for the privilege.
- Sen. Bernie Sanders
Constituents interacting with their elected representatives is essential to the democratic process. Therefore, an event where an LAUSD School Board Member appears before the public to discuss the state of her local district should be applauded. Unfortunately, Tanya Ortiz Franklin did so behind a paywall. Unless you were willing to pay $35, you were not invited.
In a district where 80% of the students qualify for free or reduced-price lunches, a $35 fee is a significant hurdle to be able to hear how our children’s public schools are doing. While business interests in the Chamber of Commerce get to interact with and influence the board member, most of the parents whose children attend public schools are left out in the cold. Is it any wonder that so many LAUSD families feel unheard?
It should be no surprise that Franklin puts representation of business interests over the needs of children. She was not elected with grassroots support but with money from billionaires supporting the charter school industry. Despite the fact that LAUSD Board Members do not represent the publicly financed private schools of the California Charter School Association (CCSA), those supporting this organization spent over $5 million to elect Franklin in 2020.
These same billionaires are also spending heavily in the 2022 election cycle. With the election more than a month away, over $300,000 has been spent on Board President Kelly Gonez as she defends herself against LAUSD teacher and parent Marvin Rodriguez. In Board District 2, forces aligned with the…