The custodians, cafeteria workers, bus drivers, special education assistants, and other dedicated education workers of SEIU Local 99 have voted to back George McKenna (District 1), Scott Schmerelson (District 3), Jackie Goldberg (District 5) and Patricia Castellanos (District 7) for the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education. The LAUSD primary election is on March 3, 2020.

Max Arias, SEIU Local 99 Executive Director issued the following statement:

“These candidates share in our commitment to ensuring an excellent public education for every student – no matter where they live, where they come form, or the color of their skin. They have our support because they are fierce advocates for improved funding for our schools. They understand that decades of disinvestment in public education have had a dire impact on black and brown students and that achieving equity in education must be a priority for our school district.

“Throughout their tenure with the school district, incumbents Scott Schmerelson and Dr. George McKenna have consistently stood for improved student services, including increased staffing for cleaner schools, special education, and parent engagement.

“Jackie Goldberg has demonstrated a renewed commitment to working with all LAUSD education workers to address the needs of students inside and outside the classroom.

“We are proud to support Patricia Castellanos, a long-time partner in our fight for good jobs for working people and community schools that address the needs of the whole child.”