I know what it is like for a whole community to feel invisible.
Before I began my service on the L.A. Unified School District Board of Education in 2006 as just the third Latina elected in 155 years, questions about whether Latino/a students could succeed academically were answered only by assumptions due to our lack of representation.
Since my first election, I have done my best to listen to all diverse voices, including the call from Asian American Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander and Arab Middle Eastern Muslim South Asian communities for L.A. Unified to do more for its 85,000 students (18 percent) of Asian descent.
In Board District 2, we responded by creating dual-language immersion programs, naming schools after historic local community leaders like Young-Oak Kim and Sammy Lee, and holding roundtables with neighborhood partners from Chinatown, Historic Filipinotown, Koreatown, Little Bangladesh and more. Click here to read more: http://laschoolreport.com/monica-garcia-new-everyone-counts-resolution-will-break-down-data-for-l-a-s-diverse-asian-student-body-battle-the-model-minority-myth/