Jackie Goldberg victory sets the tone for public education

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Jackie dominates election

With close to 50% of precincts reporting as of 10 p.m. Tuesday, Jackie Goldberg is headed toward a decisive victory in the LAUSD School Board District 5 special election, outpolling her opponent 71% to 29% with the support of educators and parents galvanized by UTLA’s six-day strike.

Goldberg has a long and storied history of fighting for students, standing with educators, and partnering with parents to support our schools. UTLA welcomes Jackie's passion to the school board and her commitment to protect public education as an essential civic institution in our city.

Goldberg’s victory is a reflection of the movement that brought 60,000 people to the streets of Los Angeles in January to demand more resources for our students. Even though California is one of the wealthiest states in the nation, it ranks 44th in the country in per-pupil funding and spends thousands less per student each year than the U.S. average.

 

Switching Gears: Measure EE

Now the community’s focus turns toward passing Measure EE on June 4 and securing $500 million in ongoing local funding. 

“Our schools are starved of resources, and our students are the victims of this starvation,” UTLA President Alex Caputo-Pearl said. “That’s why educators, parents, and community members rallied in the streets in January, and that’s why we’re united behind Measure EE. Now is the time for the city to come together and act collectively to provide the local funding our students desperately need.”

Goldberg is an emphatic supporter of Measure EE, which will bring funding to recruit and retain quality staff and offer students a well-rounded education, including lower class sizes, more arts and music classes, cleaner schools, support for students with disabilities and special needs, and more nurses, counselors, psychologists, and librarians.

In this time of record profits and tax breaks for businesses, the LA Chamber of Commerce, the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, and other corporate interests are waging an aggressive campaign against Measure EE. While they say they are concerned about homeowners, the truth behind their opposition is obvious: This is a per-square-foot parcel tax that gathers over 70% of the $500 million in funding from businesses. Only 18% of the funding comes from homeowners, and the average homeowner will pay only $238 a year — an investment well worth it when it leverages hundreds of millions of dollars from big business. 

Two of the most notorious corporate sectors — oil and tobacco — are part of the No on EE campaign. The chair of the anti-EE PAC is Rodney Spackman, an executive with Chevron, and BizFed hired Matt Klink, a former lobbyist and strategist for Big Oil and Big Tobacco companies, to run its campaign. For decades, oil and tobacco companies have been cutthroat about putting corporate greed ahead of common good, leading to devastating impacts on climate change and smokers' lives. Now they are being cutthroat about denying funding for LA students, the majority of whom are children of color from low-income families.

“It’s unconscionable that the people who have benefited so greatly from our state’s riches refuse to give our students what they need to reach their potential,” Caputo-Pearl said. “Businesses in LA are thriving, and they need to do their part to help our students thrive.”