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Meet an LAUSD school board candidate — District 6’s Gwendolyn Posey: ‘Parents, students, and teachers desperately need an advocate’

LA School Report | February 27, 2017

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LA School Report covers the 2017 LAUSD school board race: See all 13 candidate profiles

Name: Gwendolyn R. Posey

Board district: 6

Job: event planner, community activist, and advocate

LAUSD schools attended: Pacoima Elementary School, Maclay Junior High School, and Polytechnic High School

Children in LAUSD Schools? Yes, two graduates and a sixth-grader.

Platform: school safety (increasing the LAUSD police), support staff for teachers and students, creative outlets for students (teaching trades and life skills)

Campaign funding: As of Feb. 23, LA City Ethics Commission filings show that Posey has neither raised nor spent any campaign funds. 

Endorsements: none listed

Website: Website is under construction, Facebook is Gwendolyn Posey for LAUSD School Board 2017

(Editor’s note: Gwendolyn Posey responded solely by email.) 

Q. What experiences will you bring to the school board?

A. I believe I bring a unique perspective to the board, that of a parent who has worked with students, teachers, and administrators to enhance outcomes on campuses throughout the district.    

Q. What are the most important issues facing schools in your district? 

A. Low expectations, lack of interest, lack of safety, and lack of support have led to poor outcomes and low graduation rates.  

Q. Why did you decide to run? 

A. Parents, students, and teachers desperately need an advocate, someone who is protecting their interest, their success, and their needs. One who is not beholden to invested interest that will take the focus off providing quality education to every child on every campus.

Q. How are you getting your message out?

A. Grassroots campaign, word of mouth, meeting people where they are, churches, and community events. The advantage to the LAUSD Board District 6 seat is that my efforts will impact, benefit, give hope and a voice to the entire district and not just the schools that I have had the privilege to work with. 

LA School Report covers the 2017 LAUSD school board race: See all 13 candidate profiles

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