One day after cruising to victory in the race to fill a vacant Los Angeles Unified School District board seat, Jackie Goldberg met with Superintendent Austin Beutner Wednesday and toured a Silver Lake-area elementary school.
Goldberg, a former teacher who previously served on the LAUSD board and also on the Los Angeles City Council and in the state Legislature, handily defeated ex-teacher and mayoral aide Heather Repenning in Tuesday’s special election to claim the vacant District 5 seat.
“We think that kids are important, not just some kids, but all our kids are important,” Goldberg told reporters Wednesday morning. “And because all our kids are important we’re going to spend a little bit more of our money to make sure that those children get what they need.”
Goldberg’s election completed a political shift on the seven-member board, which previously had a four-member majority perceived as supportive of private charter schools. It was that majority that helped spearhead the hiring of Beutner, a businessman with no previous education experience, as superintendnet.
But that majority disappeared last July with the resignation of Ref Rodriguez, who pleaded guilty to conspiracy and other charges for laundering campaign donations from family and friends.
Goldberg, who was heavily backed the United Teachers Los Angeles teachers’ union, creates an ideological shift on the board, in concept making it less favorable charter expansion.
Goldberg and Beutner told reporters Wednesday they recognize their differences, but are committed to working together. Goldberg said Beutner is aware that she would have preferred having an educator chosen as superintendent, but the pair are committed to working together for the benefit of students.
Goldberg and Beutner are also united on another issue — Measure EE, the parcel tax proposal that will go before LAUSD voters on June 4. Both sported buttons touting the measure Wednesday as they toured the Silver Lake school.
Goldberg earned more than 70 percent of the vote in Tuesday’s runoff election, and Repenning conceded the race shortly before 11 p.m.
United Teachers Los Angeles hailed her “decisive victory” and praised her “long and storied history of fighting for students, standing with educators and partnering with parents to support our schools.”
District 5 stretches from Eagle Rock, Highland Park and to Atwater Village, Los Feliz, and Silver Lake south to Vernon, Maywood, Huntington Park, Cudahy, South Gate and Bell.