February 28, 2017
By The Editorial Board
With Monica Ratliff giving up her seat on the Los Angeles school board to run for City Council, residents of the eastern San Fernando Valley have their pick of a half-dozen candidates to represent District 6.
The Los Angeles Unified School District faces many challenges. The United States’ second-largest school district needs leaders capable of honestly tackling budget problems and continued poor educational outcomes.
Kelly Gonez is the candidate best capable of intelligently navigating these challenges. Gonez, a math and science teacher at Crown Preparatory School, a STEM-focused charter middle school in Los Angeles, offers a perspective informed by direct educational experience and high-level policy experience. Gonez served as an education policy advisor in the Obama administration.