The Coelho Center for Disability Law, Policy & Innovation and The Youth Justice Education Clinic held a virtual townhall to ask questions of candidates running for LAUSD school board in contested seats (districts 3 & 7).
The questions focused on issues that included: school police, prop 15, special education and COVID-19. Questions were also be open for the public to ask.
This event was in contiuation of our
- Welcome / Introduction – The Honorable Anthony “Tony” Coelho 5:00 – 5:10
- Live Performance by LAUSD Youth Artist "Dashaun" – 5:10 – 5:15
- Candidate’s Forum – 5:15 – 6:00
- Audience Q&A – 6:00 – 6:10
- Closing Remarks – 6:10 – 6:15
*All candidates were invited.
Co-Hosted with ACLU SoCal, & the Youth Liberty Squad. A special thank you to the following students from the Youth Liberty Squad.
- Elizabeth Simon
- Andy Melgar
- Christine Latif
- Luis Cruz
- Kareen AndersonSyre Baker
- Lindsey Lopez
Click here to view the townhall: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AxkKGUZKbcg
- What is your opinion on the role of school police and what would be your plan to apportion the school district’s budget if police continue to be defunded?
SCHOOLS & COMMUNITIES FIRST (PROP 15)
- This November, California voters will have the opportunity to vote on Proposition 15. This ballot initiative would reclaim about $12 billion for schools and local government. What is your position on Proposition 15, and would you commit to personally endorse it for this November’s election? Why or why not?
- What is your opinion on LAUSD’s decision to not evaluate students for special education thus far during COVID-19?
- What is your plan for students with disabilities in (re)imagining the education system given COVID-19?
- Last month, LAUSD began its school year unlike any in the history of education. How will you address school accountability to meet the accommodations & supports needed by students, especially those that are low-income, homeless, English learners, those involved in the juvenile legal system, and/or in foster care?
- As distance learning continues in the district, how will you ensure student’s mental health is continuously addressed even after COVID-19?