LOS ANGELES – Jackie Goldberg joined Los Angeles Unified School District teachers on the picket line Monday in support of higher pay for teachers, smaller class sizes, and fully-staffed schools.
“No one wants to go out on strike – certainly not the members of United Teachers Los Angeles – but if educators are on strike, there is no place I’d rather be than standing by the side of my fellow educators as they are standing up for the future of public education,” said Jackie Goldberg. “I spent 17 years in the classroom and I know that educators put students and learning first. The members of UTLA have a vision for education in Los Angeles that I share: smaller class sizes; a library aide at every school, psychiatric social workers, counselors, a nurse and the classified support services necessary so that ALL students have the opportunity to participate in and receive an outstanding education; and California needs to double its current spending on education.
“Public education is under attack by billionaire privatizers both locally and nationally. I am running for school board to advance the issues educators are so courageously standing up for on the picket line. I will use my experience at the state and local level to ensure that education here has the resources we need.”
“Jackie understands public education in Los Angeles and California like no one else. We are standing up for generations of students to come and we need more people like her on the school board who will put our students’ interests above private interests,” said Karla Griego, a teacher at Sotomayor Center for Arts and Sciences and UTLA member.
As a recognized leader in education and her community, Jackie has earned widespread support from dozens of community leaders including State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond, Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins, Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, State Senator Maria Elena Durazo, State Senator Holly Mitchell, LAUSD Board Member Dr. George McKenna III, LAUSD Board Member Scott Schmerelson, 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, Echo Park, Silver Lake, Mt. Washington, El Sereno, Elysian Heights, 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.