Why does voting for school board matter? Does my vote count? Who’s running for school board anyways?
Voting in local school board elections is one of the most impactful decisions in our country. Recently I became an eligible voter, and in the last 2 1/2 years I have made it a point to vote in every election possible. Local elections are where votes count! Not to say that large elections (like the presidential race) don’t matter, but real change happens through local elections such as the school board, city council, mayoral, etc.
In the past three months, Parent Power Network and Students for Education Reform members have come together to plan a candidate forum event for the LAUSD school board elections 7th district. The focus of this forum is to amplify the voices of students and parents. Together, we hope to gain momentum in this fight for equity and implement more resources that lessen the achievement gap. The process of creating questions for the candidates included several meetings to ensure every issue important was brought up and covered.
Historically, the education system in this country has not provided access or equity to black and brown communities. In the next ten years, our hope is to create a more equitable education system and lessen the achievement gap for students of color. With this in mind, we invite you to join us this evening as we work towards eradicating systemic injustice in education.
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Miquitzli Herrera is currently a student at East Los Angeles College (ELAC) with an intended major in Sociology and is scheduled to transfer to a four year University by 2020. She is a graduate from the Alliance College-Ready Charter High School ESAT in Los Angeles, CA. Miquitzli’s educational experience is unique in that she attended both private and charter schools during her K-12 years. Throughout her high school career, Miquitzli’s participation in programs like the Chicano Latino Youth Leadership Program, UCLA Saturday Business Academy, and NCLR Lideres Summit allowed her to gain experience and skills to be able to apply in her academic career. In her short time at ELAC, she has been actively involved in clubs and organizations like the Sociology Club and Delloro Social Justice Program with an intention of building community and social awareness. In addition to being involved on campus, Miquitzli has been involved in her community for years by volunteering on political campaigns. She worked on campaigns that helped elect President Barack Obama in 2008 and Assemblymember Wendy Carrillo in 2017. With the help and guidance from former counselors and current advisors, Miquitzli is working to transfer to UCLA or UC Berkeley.