|Board member, Hacienda La Puente Unified School District, At-large|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
|Profession||Retired school principal|
Penny Fraumeni is a retired school principal that worked in the Hacienda La Puente Unified School District. She was awarded the 2011 Award for California National Distinguished Principal. She earned her Bachelor's degree and Master's Degree in Educational Administration from Whittier College.
On November 5, 2013 candidates Penny Fraumeni, Joseph K. Chang, and G. Anthony Duarte defeated three challengers.
|Hacienda La Puente Unified School District Board of Education, At-large General Election, 2013|
|Nonpartisan||Joseph K. Chang||21.3%||2,905|
|Nonpartisan||G. Anthony Duarte||19.7%||2,676|
|Nonpartisan||Jeffrey De La Torre||13.9%||1,892|
|Nonpartisan||Henry E. Gonzales||13%||1,767|
|Source: Los Angeles County Clerk, "NOVEMBER 5, 2013 - LOCAL & MUNI CONSOLIDATED ELECTION Final Official Election Returns" accessed December 12, 2013|
Fraumeni did not report any contributions or expenditures to the Los Angeles Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk.
Penny Fraumeni received an official endorsement from SEIU Local 99 for her campaign as well as endorsements from a variety of community and school associated individuals.
What was at stake?
Three at-large seats were up for election on November 5, 2013, including the seat of the Board Clerk. Incumbents Anthony Duarte and Dr. Joseph K. Chang filed seeking re-election, they were opposed by four challengers.
District Attorney’s Investigation Probe
On September 19, 2013 District Attorney Jackie Lacey sent a letter requesting the Hacienda La Puente Unified School District present documents including economic interest forms filed by school board members Gino Kwok and Dr. Joseph Chang. The forms declare gifts or other compensation received from outsiders. The letter also requested forms related to a report on possible wrongdoing of the foreign exchange student program. The report detailed accounts of students being exposed to physical and verbal abuse as well as host homes with inadequate food and heating. The report is set to focus on four trips Chang took to China with former school board member, Norman Hsu. Hus is listed as the CEO of BELA Educational Group listed as paying for three of the four trips. BELA is a private company that charges students to attend local high schools. BELA would collect approimately $15,000 or more for a student to attend a local high school. Hacienda La Puente USD had one of the lowest tution fees at $12,900 with the board voting against raising tuition to $14,000, a vote which Chang and Kwok voted against. Hacienda La Puente hosted about 20 foreign exchange students from China. Chinese families pay about $30,000, including $15,000 for tuition, fees for SAT prep classes, visa processing, and room and board. Hsu served on the Hacienda La Puente school board for over 20 years, but declared he was not involved in any of the activities within the school district. At the September 25, 2013 meeting of the HLPUSD School Board, the board scheduled a censure of board member Chang.
About the district
Los Angeles underperforms the rest of California when measured on the basis of median household income, of percentage of residents living below the poverty level, and 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. Los Angeles outperforms the rest of California when measured on the basis of percentage of residents over the age of 25 with a Bachelor's degree. The median household income in Los Angeles was $50,028 compared to $61,632 for the state of California. 30.5% of Pico Rivera residents aged 25 years and older attained a bachelor's degree compared to 30.2% in California. The US Census also showed the poverty rate in Los Angeles was 20.2% compared to 14.4% for the entire state. The US Census also found that 73.9% of Los Angeles residents aged 25 years and older attained a high school degree compared to a 80.8% in California.
- Penny HLPUSD Board, "Experience and Education," accessed September 27, 2013
- La Vote.net, "LOCAL AND MUNICIPAL CONSOLIDATED ELECTIONS - 11/5/2013" accessed September 26, 2013
- Penny 4 HLPUSD Board, "Endorsements," accessed September 27, 2013
- Steve Scauzillo San Gabriel Valley Tribune, "District Attorney investigating two Hacienda La Puente board members," September 25, 2013
- Cindy Chang LA Times, "Hacienda La Puente school board member criticized over China trips," September 25, 2013
- US Census Bureau, "Los Angeles, California Quick Facts" accessed September 24, 2013
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- US Census Bureau, "Los Angeles, California Quick Facts" accessed September 23, 2013