LOS ANGELES – Former State Superintendent of Public Instruction Delaine Eastin announced her endorsement of Jackie Goldberg for LAUSD Board of Education District 5.
“Jackie Goldberg walks the walk. Her history of working with public school kids — poor kids, disabled kids, undocumented kids — shows a deep commitment to the students who most need a champion. And she can not only deliver for them as a former teacher, but also as a former lawmaker who chaired the Committee on Education in the State Assembly,” Eastin said.
“At this critical moment in public education, LAUSD School Board needs someone with a brass backbone. They need someone who has an unwavering commitment to ALL public school students and a deep understanding of the obstacles they face. They need Jackie Goldberg,” Eastin continued.
Eastin, who served as the state superintendent from 1995-2003, joins current State Superintendent Tony Thurmond in her endorsement of Goldberg.
Eastin joins a long list of recognized leaders in education and the community who have endorsed Jackie including Thurmond, California State Controller Betty Yee, U.S. Rep Karen Bass, LAUSD Board Members Dr. George McKenna III and Scott Schmerelson, State Sens. Maria Elena Durazo and Holly Mitchell, Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins, Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, District 5 parents, and educators and their union, UTLA.
A former teacher and former member of the LAUSD Board, L.A. City Council, and State Assembly, Jackie Goldberg has more than 35 years of experience as a champion for students and public schools. She plans to use her experience to hit the ground running, champion educational equity, and give a voice to District 5’s underrepresented communities.
About Jackie Goldberg:
Jackie Goldberg is running to become LAUSD Board Member for District 5 which includes Los Feliz, Eagle Rock, Highland Park, Hermon, Elysian Heights, Echo Park, Silver Lake, Mt. Washington, El Sereno, South Gate, Bell, Cudahy, Maywood and Huntington Park. After serving as a teacher in Compton for more than 15 years, she won a seat on the LAUSD Board, serving as President of the Board from 1989-1991. In 1994, she co-founded the L.A.C.E.R Afterschool Programs, which now serves more than 4000 middle school and high school students. She also served on L.A. City Council, where she authored the original “Living Wage” in L.A., and the California State Assembly, where she authored landmark LGBT legislation and two bonds that helped build new LAUSD schools to end overcrowding. Following her time in public office, Jackie won a million dollar federal grant to ensure that all middle school teachers in Compton had California teaching credentials and the skills to narrow the achievement gap. A lifelong champion for equity and education, Jackie currently chairs a Management/Labor workgroup for Mayor Eric Garcetti that has helped hire and prepare more than 400 disadvantaged Angelenos for full-time, benefited and permanent entry-level City jobs.