Education

2014 Community Town Hall Meeting: LAUSD School Board Candidate Forum

Town Hall 2014: LA School Board District One Candidate Forum

A public Q&A about the future of our schools


For the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), this is a time of unprecedented changes and challenges. Public debate continues over testing and core curricula, teacher tenure and the role of unions, the introduction of computer tablets and other technologies, breakfast in the classroom programs, student safety, and more.

At this crucial period for our schools, the School Board seat for this area—District One—is currently open. The South Robertson Neighborhoods Council (SORO NC) and League of Women Voters of Los Angeles are co-sponsoring a candidate forum to help residents understand the issues and how each candidate would help guide LAUSD through them.

Join us for a lively and enlightening evening as the candidates respond to your questions. 

The event is free and open to everyone. Download the flyer to share with your neighbors here.

The Candidates

In event seating order:

  • Hattie B. McFrazier, Retired Educator / Counselor
  • Omarosa O. Manigault, Teacher / Children Advocate
  • Alex Johnson, Education Policy Advisor
  • Genethia Hudley-Hayes, Education Consultant
  • Sherlett Hendy Newbill, Teacher / Mother / Coach
  • Rachel C. Johnson, Educator / Gardena Councilmember
  • George McKenna, Retired Principal / Superintendent

Update: Watch video of the candidate forum on the full Town Hall page, thanks to videographer Matt Klauschie. 

School Mentors

In 2007, the SORO NC Education committee started the SCATCH (Shenandoah Caring Adults Teaching Children How) mentoring program at Shenandoah Elementary School, which paired an adult mentor with a 4th or 5th grade student who needed help with math, reading, or both. Starting in the fall, each mentor meets once a week with his or her assigned student and spends an hour reading aloud, reviewing homework, doing math problems, playing language games or other activities the mentor feels may help the student.

So far, the program has been very successful, but there is a great need for more mentors. Each year, there is a waiting list of students hoping to be paired with a caring adult, but without a sufficient number of volunteers, many of these students go through the year unable to receive the tutoring they need. If you would like to make a real difference with a child in our community, please sign up for this worthwhile program.

Education Committee

Education CommitteeThe Education Committee focuses on just that: creating or funding programs related to the public schools within the SORO boundaries, particularly Shenandoah Elementary, Canfield Elementary, Castle Heights Elementary and Hamilton High School. 

Its key program is the mentoring program at Shenandoah—volunteers work once a week with assigned students on math and reading skills, preparing the students for the middle school curriculum. If you are interested in becoming a mentor and have one hour a week to commit, learn more about the mentorship program here.

Latest Twitter Updates



Meeting archives

Not all meetings have supporting documents or minutes. Some documents are in PDF format, which requires the free Adobe Reader.

2017

April

Apr 4

2016

January

Jan 12

September

Sep 13
Sep 13

December

Dec 19

2015

August

Aug 11

2014

January

Jan 14
Meeting canceled

February

March

April

May

May 13

June

Jun 10
Meeting canceled

July

Jul 8

August

Aug 12
Agenda pending

September

Sep 9
Agenda pending

October

Oct 14
Agenda pending

November

Nov 11

December

Dec 9
Agenda pending

2013

January

Jan 8

February

Feb 12
Meeting canceled

March

Mar 12

April

Apr 9

May

May 14
Meeting canceled

June

Jun 11
Meeting canceled

August

Aug 13

October

Oct 8
Agenda pending

November

Nov 12
Meeting canceled

December

Dec 10
Meeting canceled

2012

January

Jan 10
Meeting canceled

February

Feb 14

March

Mar 13
Meeting canceled

April

May

May 8

June

Jun 12
Meeting canceled

July

Jul 10
Meeting canceled

August

Aug 14
Meeting canceled

September

October

Oct 9
Meeting canceled

November

Nov 13
Meeting canceled

December

2011

January

Jan 20

February

Feb 8

March

Mar 8

April

Apr 12
Meeting canceled

May

May 10
Meeting canceled

June

Jun 14

July

Jul 12
Meeting canceled

August

Aug 9
Meeting canceled

September

Sep 13

October

Oct 11
Meeting canceled

November

December

Dec 13
Meeting canceled

2010

February

Feb 9

June

Jun 8

August

Aug 10

September

December

Dec 14

2009

March

April

Apr 14

September

October

2008

January

Jan 8

March

June

July

Jul 8

September