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.