|Board Member, Los Angeles Unified School District, District 2|
|Bachelor's||University of Southern California|
|Master's||University of La Verne|
- Bachelor of Arts, University of Southern California
- Master's in Education, University of La Verne
Montañez ran in the 2013 election for the Los Angeles Unified School District Board, representing District 2. Montañez faced Abelardo Diaz, Robert D. Skeels, Isabel Vazquez, and incumbent Mónica García in the primary election on March 5, 2013.
|Los Angeles Unified School District 2, 2013|
|Nonpartisan||Mónica García Incumbent||55.8%||19,300|
|Nonpartisan||Robert D. Skeels||15.2%||5,244|
|Source: Office of the City Clerk of Los Angeles These results are final.|
|Candidate||Campaign contributions||Personal funds||Indpt. expenditures in support||Indpt. expenditures opposed|
|Robert D Skeels||$19,009.56||$6,025.00||$7,180.44||$0|
| Campaign contributions and personal funds as reported through February 27, 2013 in the required filings with the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission. Independent expenditures are continually updated by the Commission. They were last updated here March 5, 2013. Source: Los Angeles City Ethics Commission|
During the 2013 campaign, Montañez's campaign registered 6 pieces of campaign literature with the City of Los Angeles City Ethics Commission. The campaign literature included 2 emails, a flyer, a sign, a mailer, and a telephone script.
Among independent expenditure groups, a political action committee associated with the United Teachers Los Angeles registered one mailer in support of Montañez. No independent groups had yet registered any literature opposing Montañez.
The following questions were prepared by the League of Women Voters of Los Angeles:
1. What is the single most important issue facing LAUSD today? As a Board Member, what would you do to deal with it?
"Inadequate state funding is having the greatest impact on the challenges facing the Los Angeles Unified School District. California is currently ranked 49th in the Nation in per pupil educational spending, this is unacceptable. In order for our schools to be successful, they must receive adequate funding to provide educators with the resources every classroom and student needs. As a Board Member, I would work diligently and aggressively with the State Legislature to revisit the way public education is funded in California. I would partner with other school districts, elected officials and community groups to ensure that this issue is prioritized."
2. How would you prioritize your local constituency in overseeing LAUSD management, setting District policy, and day-to-day decision-making?
"I would plan monthly forums to serve as platforms for the community to discuss and listen to current issues facing our local schools. By ensuring school board meetings are held at times when working parents and educators can attend. And also by moving the location of board meetings to accommodate the constituents throughout the District."
3. What experience in general management, fiscal management, and budgetary oversight would you bring to the job of Board Member?
"My experience includes serving on an adult school budget committee that determined expenditures of 4 million dollars and aligned money to directly support classroom instruction. I also coordinated a program for English language learners that brought thousands of dollars of additional revenues that contributed to teacher jobs and increasing class offerings."
4. How should LAUSD deal with its rapidly increasing costs for retiree and employee health care?
"Revisiting the collective bargaining agreements of school employees to determine new guidelines for newly hired employees. Bargain effectively with HMOs and health care providers to collaborate on cost saving measures."
5. What part should standardized testing play in LAUSD's educational programs?
"Test scores should inform instruction, and also pose serious questions to the quality of instructional pedagogy, curriculum, and operations of a school. Learning can not happen in confusion, or a void, and we must use assessment data to inform and identify trends and strategies for improvement."
Arts for LA survey
Montañez completed the candidate survey from Arts for LA, a group advocating greater investment in the arts. She expressed her support for arts education and advocated increasing the time available for arts instruction by reducing the number of required standardized tests.
District 2 candidates participated in several forums dating back to October 2012. Videos of the October 17, 2012 forum, the November 15, 2012 forum, and the February 13, 2013 forum are available on YouTube.
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- Campaign website
- Campaign Facebook page
- Twitter campaign page
- Candidate information from the League of Women Voters of Los Angeles
- LA School Report Candidate information
- First video in series on October 2012 candidate forum
- First video in series on November 2012 candidate forum
- Video of February 13, 2013 candidate forum
- United Teachers Los Angeles, "Political Endorsements – School Board Primary Election on March 5," accessed February 13, 2013
- Los Angeles City Ethics Commission, 2013 Municipal and LAUSD Election Disclosures
- LAUSD District 2 campaign literature, LA City Ethics Commission
- LAUSD District 2 independent expenditures related to Annamarie Montañez, LA City Ethics Commission
- Candidates' answers to questions from the League of Women Voters
- Arts for LA Spring 2013 Candidate Surveys: LA Unified School Distrct
- District 2 Neighborhood Coalition, "LAUSD District 2 Candidate Forum #1," accessed February 14, 2013
- Los Angeles Daily News, "LAUSD board candidates to appear at forums," January 19, 2013