Nick Melvoin and Kelly Gonez, the two new members joining the Los Angeles Unified School Board, told district leadership Thursday they want to leave politics behind and focus on students. Both were elected with the help of millions of dollars from charter school supporters.
"Today is not about the results of an election but about the emergence of a new paradigm," Melvoin said during a speech after he was sworn in at the Cortines School of Visual and Performing Arts. Melvoin is a product, he said, of "the coalition that arose to implore us to lead with a simple yet radical maxim: Put kids first."
That echoes the language in new board president and charter school founder Ref Rodriguez's resolution, which the school board is scheduled to vote on Thursday.