LA School Report: Meet Kelly Fitzpatrick-Gonez, ‘I would bring in an incredibly strong sense of urgency’

February 14, 2017

By Sarah Favot

Name: Kelly Gonez

Board district: 6

Age: 28

Job: Seventh-grade science teacher at Crown Preparatory Academy in Los Angeles

Lives in: Sylmar

Married to: Manuel, who works in politics and on policy issues related to transportation, housing, homelessness, infrastructure and workforce development

Children: none

LAUSD education: No LAUSD schools. She graduated from Bishop Alemany High School, a Catholic school in Mission Hills, and attended St. Euphrasia Catholic School in Granada Hills for elementary and middle school.

Education: Undergraduate degree in political science and history from UC Berkeley, master’s degree in urban education from Loyola Marymount University

Platform: Ensuring that all students, especially the most vulnerable, can graduate college and career ready, increasing access to support services through partnerships, supporting teachers so they can provide high-quality instruction, empowering school leaders and making sure the board’s decisions are made with community and family input.

Campaign funding: Gonez has raised $77,837 and spent $12,229 as of Jan. 21. Independent expenditure committees sponsored by the California Charter Schools Association Advocates have spent $331,192 to support her. No IE funds have been spent to oppose her.

Key endorsements: School board member Ref Rodriguez, former LAUSD school board member Yolie Flores, former LA mayors Antonio Villaraigosa and Richard Riordan, former U.S. Secretary of Education John King, Los Angeles Times, California Charter Schools Association, San Fernando City Councilmember Sylvia Ballin, San Fernando Vice Mayor Joel Fajardo, International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 13, North Valley Democratic Club, Avance Democratic Club.

Campaign site: kellygonez.com

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