SEIU Local 99 members worked hard over the past several months to contact thousands of voters to help elect Heather Repenning to the LAUSD School Board. Election day was Tuesday, March 5 , 2019 and the results were too close to call. On March 15, with every ballot counted, Heather Repenning has made it to the run-off election on May 14. Every vote does matter!
“The Teaching Assistants, Special Education Assistants, Custodians, Cafeteria Workers, Bus Drivers and other SEIU Local 99 members who provide essential student services at LAUSD are proud of the work we did to move Heather Repenning forward in this election,” said SEIU Local 99 Executive Director Max Arias. “Heather shares our vision of working to ensure that every child has access to a quality education no matter where they live, where they come from, their abilities, or the color of their skin. Over several months leading to the primary election, SEIU Local 99 members contacted thousands of voters by phone, text, mail, and door-knocking. We are happy to have made a difference and are committed to continuing strong community outreach efforts to elect Heather Repenning to the LAUSD School Board on May 14.”
Why Local 99 Members Choose Heather
Heather gets it. As a daughter of a single mom who was a teacher in a predominantly black Cincinnati community, she shares our mission to achieve equitable, quality public education for every student in LAUSD. She is a proud graduate of public education and, today, is a proud parent of a LAUSD student. Heather’s experience as a public servant—most recently as the Vice President of the Los Angeles Board of Public Works—and as a labor organizer, means she has the experience and know-how to improve our schools. As a LAUSD Board Member, she will:
Have our backs. She is committed to fair wages for all, more education funding, and the right of workers to organize.
Expand early childhood education programs. As a mother of a young daughter, she knows personally how crucial early education is.
Invest in our classrooms. This means tackling classroom overcrowding and bringing in more resources to support student learning.
Work with community partners. She recognizes a child’s education is more than just with their teachers. As a board member, she’ll consider everyone involved in, including the men and women who deliver student services.
Be a strong advocate for public education. As a career public servant and the daughter of a public school teacher, Heather will defend public education from those who seek to privatize schools and outsource our jobs.
Broaden access to after school and extracurricular programs. For too many students, time outside the classroom can be the riskiest. Heather will expand programs that have a proven record of keeping at-risk youth out of trouble, and fight for more funding for extracurricular (sports, arts) programs that give students the outlet they need to succeed. Expanding programs also means more hours for certain school employees.