Dear Changemakers,

Happy new year and welcome back to school for second semester! Classes are in session and our seniors are less than five months away from walking the graduation stage!
 
Schools are amazing places in our lives. We discover ourselves, make friends that impact us deeply and overcome challenges that we face along the way. For many of us, schools are where we seek support through safe and welcoming spaces, hot meals and caring adults that believe in our hopes and dreams. Schools are our second homes, where we become family and build community.
 
As we make our way back to school this year, we are challenged with questions regarding the threat of a teacher strike in Los Angeles.  What does it mean? How will one be impacted as a student, a parent or an employee? We understand that this is a difficult time filled with uncertainty and anxiety.
 
We absolutely agree with our teachers, and we, too, believe in the need for smaller class sizes, additional teachers, counselors, nurses and librarians in schools. Our teachers provide our students with the necessary tools they need to be successful, and they deserve the best working environment and support to do so. I remain hopeful for a resolution that provides the best outcome for our students, given the district’s budget and available resources.
 
I have always leaned on the “Not yet.” in the world. Like so many of our families that overcome challenges and adversity every day to make ends meet, to dig deep and find resilience, to model and lead from a place of love, this is our moment right now. We are stronger together, and we will continue to create change in L.A. Unified and California for our children’s sake and our own. ¡Adelante!
In the spirit of hope,

Mónica García
Board District 2 | Website