Prominent Black Leaders Announce Support for Jackie Goldberg

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LOS ANGELES – State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond, U.S. Rep Karen Bass, LAUSD Board Member Dr. George McKenna III, and State Senator Holly Mitchell announced their endorsement of Jackie Goldberg for LAUSD Board of Education District 5.

“There is no greater champion for our students, families, and working families than Jackie Goldberg. In a campaign field that boasts many candidates with great potential, Jackie has the strongest track record and deepest experience to best serve all students,” said State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond. “Los Angeles Unified School District—with its myriad challenges and underserved students—needs an experienced leader who knows how the school board works, knows how state funding works, and knows how to break through to create change. They need someone who shares my commitment to strong California schools where every child gets a great education. They need Jackie. Together, we will improve the way our schools serve students, teachers and parents in Los Angeles.”

“I am honored to win the endorsements of these four champions for equitable education in our state,” said Jackie Goldberg. “LAUSD needs well-funded public schools that will deliver better outcomes for all of our students, especially students of color who are too often left behind. If I am elected by the people of District 5, I will work with Superintendent Thurmond, Congressmember Bass, Dr. McKenna, and Senator Mitchell to fight for the resources our underserved schools need to have restorative justice practices, afterschool programs, and quality education.”

As a recognized leader in education and her community, Jackie has earned widespread support from dozens of community leaders including Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins, Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, State Senator Maria Elena Durazo, 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.

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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.