Jose Lara

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Jose Lara
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Board member, El Rancho Unified School District, At-large
Member
Term ends
November 2017
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sUCLA
Master'sUCLA
Personal
ProfessionTeacher
Websites
Campaign website
Jose Lara was a candidate for an at-large seat on the El Rancho Unified School District Board of Trustees that was first elected in the general election on November 5, 2013. He campaigned on a platform that promoted reducing class sizes, expanding AP and GATE programs, and incorporating technology in the classroom.

Biography

Jose Lara is a teacher that lives in Pico Rivera. He has worked as a high school history, government and economics teacher for over 10 years and in 2010 he earned the California Teachers Association Cesar E. Chavez Award. He is married to his wife Janet and they have two children, Maya and Jose Jr.. Lara earned his Bachelor's and Master's degrees from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Elections

2013

See also: El Rancho Unified School District elections (2013)

Jose Lara ran against five other candidates, including incumbents Dr. Joseph Rivera and Rachel D. Canchola, for three seats in the general election on November 5, 2013.[1]

Election results

On November 5, 2013 Jose Lara, Aurora R. Villon and Rachel D. Canchola defeated three challenging candidates for three seats on the El Rancho Unified School District Board of Education.

El Rancho Unified School District Board of Education, At-large General Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJose Lara 23.2% 1,911
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngAurora R. Villon 20.9% 1,726
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngRachel D. Canchola 19.5% 1,605
     Nonpartisan Magdalena "Maggie" Cardenas 13.8% 1,141
     Nonpartisan Joe Rivera 12.6% 1,043
     Nonpartisan Fernando Centeno 10% 824
Total Votes 8,250
Source: Los Angeles County Clerk, "NOVEMBER 5, 2013 - LOCAL & MUNI CONSOLIDATED ELECTION Final Official Election Returns" accessed December 12, 2013

Funding

Lara did not report any contributions or expenditures to the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk.

Endorsements

Jose Lara received official endorsements from The Network for Public Education, United Teachers Los Angeles, El Rancho Federation of Teachers, and LAUSD School Board members Steve Zimmer and Monica Ratliff.[2]

What was at stake?

Three at-large seats were up for election on November 5, 2013, including the seats of the Vice-President and Board Clerk. Incumbents Rachel Canchola and Dr. Joseph Rivera filed seeking re-election, they were opposed by four challengers.

Issues

Declining enrollment

The student enrollment of El Rancho Unified School District is expected to decrease by 400 over the next school year. This decrease will likely result in a budget decrease of $2.4 million. In order to balance the district budget, the district has been forced to lay off 19 teachers due to these budget decreases. In the 2012-13 school year, the district operated with a $3.8 million budget shortfall. When asked about these budget deficits, budget consultant Pearl Iizuka said ""We are able to meet our obligations for this year and the next two years, each year we have a deficit, but fortunately we have reserves to cover the deficit."[3]

About the district

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El Rancho Unified School District is located in the Southeast Los Angeles County, California in Pico Rivera, California. It is located in the largest county in California. According to the 2010 Census, it is home to 62,942 residents.[4]

Demographics

Pico Rivera underperforms the rest of California when measured on the basis of median household income, percentage of residents over the age of 25 with a high school diploma, and percentage of residents over the age of 25 with a Bachelor's degree. Pico Rivera outperforms the rest of California when measured on the basis of percentage of residents living below the poverty level. The median household income in Pico Rivera was $55,632 compared to $61,632 for the state of California. 10.4% of Pico Rivera residents aged 25 years and older attained a Bachelor's degree compared to 30.2% in California. The United States Census also showed the poverty rate in Pico Rivera was 11.5% compared to 14.4% for the entire state. The United States Census also found that 66.2% of Pico Rivera residents aged 25 years and older attained a high school degree compared to a 80.8% in California.[5]

Racial Demographics, 2012[6]
Race Pico Rivera (%) California (%)
White 59.4 57.6
Black or African American 1.0 6.2
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.4 1.0
Asian 2.6 13.0
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.4
Two or More Races 3.7 4.9
Hispanic or Latino 91.2 37.6

See also

El Rancho Unified School District, California
El Rancho Unified School District elections (2013)

External links

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Suggest a link

El Rancho Unified School District website
Campaign website

References