Marguerite P. LaMotte As a veteran educator, who has worked at all levels of the school district, Marguerite P. LaMotte is uniquely qualified to continue to fight for quality education for all children.By Yussuf J. SimmondsSentinel Managing EditorSince Marguerite P. LaMotte has been a member of the school board for the Los Angeles Unified School District number one, the percentage of the students considered to be proficient in English and Math has increased - from one third of the district to 40 percent. Not only is she not satisfied with that increase but also she is committed to continue the fight for a quality education for all the children of the school district.LaMotte has stated, "Our schools have taken a pounding as a result of the state budget crisis...." but she is committed to do more with less. And that is why the community, including the Black leadership is standing firmly in support of her re-election so that she may continue to educate the children who are the future leaders of the country. Taking a page from the President Obama's State of the Union speech, " ... we must treat teachers with respect, " LaMotte, as the 'teachers' and community's choice is in lock step with the President's program as he articulated, "...When a child walks into a classroom, it should be a place of high expectations and high performance. But too many schools don't meet this test. That's why instead of just pouring money into a system that's not working, we launched a competition called Race to the Top. To all 50 states, we said, "If you show us the most innovative plans to improve teacher quality and student achievement, we'll show you the money." LaMotte's approach coincides squarely with President's Obama's vision for education."It is important that we continue the growth in the overall proficiency in our schools," she said, "and have parents and the community involved instead of pointing fingers at the teachers and the school board. Both the parents and the community are equally responsible, as well as the teachers and the school board," LaMotte said. And the quality of her commitment is equally matched by the support and the endorsements she has received. LaMotte has been endorsed by:
Congress-members Maxine Waters, Laura Richardson and Diane Watson (ret.), Supervisors Mark Ridley-Thomas and Yvonne B. Burke (ret.), State Senator Rod Wright, Assembly-members Steven Bradford, Wilmer Amina Carter, Gwen Moore (ret.) and Mervyn Dymally (ret.), Council-members Jan Perry, Herb Wesson and Tom LaBonge, Water Replenishment District Director Willard Murray, West Basin Municipal Water Board Member Gloria Gray, Bishops Charles Blake and L. Daniel Williams, Revs. Bilson Davis and Michael Hopwood, Danny Bakewell, Sr., Los Angeles Sentinel, Willis Edwards, NAACP; Brenda Marsh Mitchell, Mothers in Action, Mrs. Lillian Mobley, David Cunningham, Jr., Celes King IV, Mr. J. Lieberman, South Robertson Community Alliance, United Teachers Los Angeles, Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, Los Angeles County Democratic Party, Council of Black Administrators, and the Associated Administrators of Los Angeles.