Send a Tweet
Most Popular Choices
Poll Analyses
Share on Facebook 11 Share on Twitter Printer Friendly Page More Sharing
OpEdNews Op Eds   

LAUSD Candidate Profile: Lydia Gutierrez

Author 503224
Follow Me on Twitter     Message Carl Petersen
Become a Fan
  (5 fans)
Lydia Gutierrez is currently a 2nd-grade teacher in Long Beach Unified School District and serves as the California Teachers Association co-chair of the State Legislative Committee for Adult, Alternative, and Career Technical Education.
Lydia Gutierrez is currently a 2nd-grade teacher in Long Beach Unified School District and serves as the California Teachers Association co-chair of the State Legislative Committee for Adult, Alternative, and Career Technical Education.
(Image by Lydia Gutierrez LAUSD School Board)
  Details   DMCA

"I am a strong supporter of meeting the needs of Special Needs students and finding the best environment for their educational success."

- Lydia Gutierrez

The last time Lydia Gutierrez ran for this seat, she unexpectedly forced incumbent Vladovic into a runoff. In the general election, the fiercely independent candidate earned the distinction of being opposed by both the charter school industry and UTLA. She still managed to win 43.7% of the vote. She is an underdog who should not be underestimated.

Gutierrez is a 2nd-grade teacher in Long Beach Unified School District and serves as the California Teachers Association co-chair of the State Legislative Committee for Adult, Alternative, and Career Technical Education. She also served for seven years as an elected member of the Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council.

Since she is running as "a strong advocate for parent voices to be heard and recognized", it should not be surprising that Gutierrez finds it "unacceptable that school board meetings are being held during the working and classroom day." She not only supports the proposed Board Meeting Accessibility to the Public Resolution but would take the concept further by having the meetings rotate throughout the district. She also promises to "have scheduled coffee meetings in the evenings in locations throughout [her] district so that parents could meet with [her and] share their concerns".

To ensure that charter schools are not shifting the cost burden of special education to the district, Gutierrez would request that the LAUSD district lawyers report on what laws are being broken and if any loopholes are being used to allow any organizations to deny full access into their school for children with special education needs or otherwise prevent them from receiving a quality education. She also pledges to "work towards assuring that funding for Special Education Centers is solidly in the budget."

Gutierrez believes that "every school board, district or charter" needs to be held accountable for academic excellence for all students (including those with special education needs), fiscal accountability, and ensuring a career path and/or college-bound future." She is, therefore, supportive of the proposed "Community Representation on Charter School Boards" resolution.

________________________________

A list of the questions that were asked of all the candidates along with their complete responses can be found by clicking here.

________________________________

Carl Petersen is a parent, an advocate for students with special education needs, an elected member of the Northridge East Neighborhood Council, an appointed alternate to the LAUSD's CAC, and was a Green Party candidate in LAUSD's District 2 School Board race. During the campaign, he was endorsed by the Network for Public Education (NPE) Action and Dr. Diane Ravitch called him a "strong supporter of public schools." His past blogs can be found at www.ChangeTheLAUSD.com. Opinions are his own.

 

Rate It | View Ratings

Carl Petersen Social Media Pages: Facebook Page       Twitter Page       Linked In Page       Instagram Page

Carl Petersen is a father of five, including two daughters who are on the autism spectrum. His involvement in education issues began when the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) refused to provide services that his daughters' teachers (more...)
 

Go To Commenting
The views expressed herein are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.
Follow Me on Twitter     Writers Guidelines
Contact AuthorContact Author Contact EditorContact Editor Author PageView Authors' Articles
Support OpEdNews

OpEdNews depends upon can't survive without your help.

If you value this article and the work of OpEdNews, please either Donate or Purchase a premium membership.

STAY IN THE KNOW
If you've enjoyed this, sign up for our daily or weekly newsletter to get lots of great progressive content.
Daily Weekly     OpEdNews Newsletter
Name
Email
   (Opens new browser window)
 

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

Make it a Headline When Trump Actually Tells the Truth

California Senate Candidate Alison Hartson on Education

Three Headlines That Got Buried Last Week

If Money Continues to Talk, We're Screwed

Bright Shiny Objects: Trump's Real Art is Diverting Attention

Finding Hope in Florida

To View Comments or Join the Conversation: