Since the state took over the Inglewood Unified School District, our schools have been challenged like never before. There has been a lot of power shifting, but I believe this city and our children especially are up to the challenge.
As we have seen with the changes in the Inglewood City Council, when leadership changes, so does everything else. The amazing success that this city is experiencing now has a lot to do with a change in leadership.
On April 7th, voters will elect or re-elect advisory school board members. I am endorsing Dionne Faulk for School Board Seat 1; Graciela Patino for School Board Seat 4; and Henry Brown for School Board Seat 5. Here’s why:
Dionne Faulk is a rising star in education leadership. If elected, Faulk has as her top priorities, academic excellence; school cleanliness, safety and rebuilding infrastructure. As a Supervising Special Investigator for the State of California for 10 years, Faulk knows how to get to the bottom of issues. She’ll be a tireless problem solver for our kids.
She is endorsed by a number of local, county and state officials, including 62nd District Assemblymember Autumn Burke; 35th District State Senator Isadore Hall; Ret. LA County Supervisor (2nd District) Yvonne Brathwaite Burke; Mayor James Butts and all four members of the Inglewood City Council.
Both Graciela Patino and Henry Brown were appointed to the board to fill unexpired terms of former board members. Both are now running for re-election.
A longtime city resident, Patino has served our community as both a law enforcement officer and as an educator. Near the end of her career in law enforcement, her work brought me into schools and in front of students. There, she taught the substance abuse and narcotics education program in local K-12 schools and currently teaches second grade. Patino wants Inglewood students to be prepared to compete in the global work force and give back to their community.
Patino is endorsed by Mayor James T. Butts; Inglewood Councilmembers Alex Padilla, Eloy Morales, Ralph Franklin, City Treasurer Wanda Brown; and Commissioners Willie Agee and Terry L. Coleman.
Henry Brown is another incumbent whose mandate is to bring more Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education to Inglewood so our young people are better prepared for the future. Widely known for his outstanding work as Inglewood Park & Recreation Commissioner, Brown has served as the Vice Chair of the Inglewood Dr. Martin Luther King Planning Committee for 9 years. A grandfather, Brown is actively involved in the faith community, veteran affairs and various community service organizations.
He is endorsed by Mayor James Butts and all four Inglewood Council members, former Inglewood Councilmember and current L.A. Councilmember Curren Price, former Inglewood Board Member Carol Raines-Brown and several local area ministers.
So these are my picks for the Advisory School Board. Who are yours? Remember, it is vitally important to vote on April 7th, regardless of whom you choose. Our young people cannot vote for their own future, so they look to you to do it for them.