Isabel Vazquez

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Isabel Vazquez
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Board Member, Los Angeles Unified School District, District 2
Former Candidate
Education
Bachelor'sUCLA (1983)
Master'sUniversity of Southern California (1987)
Personal
ProfessionTeacher/Community Advocate
Websites
Campaign website
Isabel Vazquez was a 2013 candidate seeking election to the Los Angeles Unified School District Board representing District 2.

Biography

The following is a list of biographical highlights provided by the candidate:[1]

  • Occupation: Teacher/Community Advocate
  • Field Deputy, LAUSD School Board President Jeff Horton
  • Director, Career Technical Education and Grants
  • Coordinator, Parent and Community Outreach
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Education

  • UCLA - Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Cum Laude, 1983
  • USC - M.S. in Education / CSUDH - M.A. in Educational Administration, 1987
  • Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
  • El Colegio de México

Elections

2013

See also: Los Angeles Unified School District elections (2013)

Vazquez ran in the 2013 election for the Los Angeles Unified School District Board, representing District 2. Vazquez faced Abelardo Diaz, Robert D. Skeels, Annamarie Montañez, and incumbent Mónica García in the general election on March 5, 2013. Garcia ultimately received a majority of the vote, enough to win without the need for a runoff election on May 21, 2013.[2]

Los Angeles Unified School District 2, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMónica García Incumbent 55.8% 19,300
     Nonpartisan Isabel Vazquez 10.1% 3,480
     Nonpartisan Annamarie Montañez 11.8% 4,093
     Nonpartisan Abelardo Diaz 7.1% 2,448
     Nonpartisan Robert D. Skeels 15.2% 5,244
Total Votes 34,565
Source: Office of the City Clerk of Los Angeles These results are final.

Endorsements

Vazquez received the following endorsements:[1]

  • Honorable Victoria M. Castro, Retired LAUSD Board Member & Principal
  • Honorable Jackie Goldbeg & Jeff Horton, Former LAUSD Board Presidents
  • Associated Administrators of Los Angeles[3]

For a full list of endorsements click here.

Funding

Candidate Campaign contributions Personal funds Indpt. expenditures in support Indpt. expenditures opposed
Abelardo Diaz $3,916.08 $1,422.61 $7,180.43 $0
Monica Garcia $429,745.29 $0 $1,210,250.86 $111,354.85
Annamarie Montañez $9,273.00 $5,000.00 $8,181.93 $0
Robert D Skeels $19,009.56 $6,025.00 $7,180.44 $0
Isabel Vazquez $15,228.00 $0 $0 $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[4]

Campaign literature

During the 2013 campaign, Vazquez campaign had registered 10 pieces of campaign literature with the City of Los Angeles City Ethics Commission. The campaign literature included two mailers, two flyers, two emails, a signs, two telephone scripts, and a radio script.[5]

A political action committee affiliated with the United Teachers Los Angeles registered one mailer supporting Vazquez. No independent expenditure groups registered any literature opposing her.

Issues

Priorities

Vazquez listed the following priorities if elected:[1]

  • Reduce class size and restore support services, options and opportunities for students at local schools
  • Stop the abuse of the public school choice process by for profit operators
  • Work proactively to fully fund public schools in California

Q&A

The following questions were prepared by the League of Women Voters of Los Angeles:[6]

1. What is the single most important issue facing LAUSD today? As a Board Member, what would you do to deal with it?[6]

"In the last four years I have seen serious problems become worse with catastrophic consequences for the students of LAUSD. I have seen the withering away of programs and support systems for students most in need, many of them whom live in my board district: loss of custodial, clerical and support staff, nurses, librarians, reductions to programs like music and art, early childhood, and education and career training for adults. I will seek a moratorium on new, unfunded and unproven initiatives and excessive student testing and redirect resources to restore vital services and support to local schools. I will also work proactively to change funding priorities in Sacramento to ensure public schools are fully funded."

2. How would you prioritize your local constituency in overseeing LAUSD management, setting District policy, and day-to-day decision-making?[6]

"I will seek to change Board meetings so that parents, employees, and constituents who work during the day are able to attend and participate if they so chose. I will listen to parents, students, school site employees and constituents when making major policy decisions that impact instructional practices and operations at local schools."

3. What experience in general management, fiscal management, and budgetary oversight would you bring to the job of Board Member?[6]

"As the Director of Career Technical Education and Grants I was responsible for strategic planning and performance activities to improve learning outcomes for District parents, adult learners, and in-and out-of-school youth. I managed and monitored multi-million dollar programs and grants, including communication with state and federal offices and staff, budget development, invoicing, program outcomes, staffing, audits, reporting, and compliance. I also monitored and provided feedback on legislation and its potential impact on District programs and funding. "

4. How should LAUSD deal with its rapidly increasing costs for retiree and employee health care?[6]

"LAUSD should leverage its position as a regional employer to negotiate fair and reasonable rates from employee health care providers. With other public sector employers, including the City, County and public universities, it is possible to negotiate improved services from health care providers while keeping costs down."

5. What part should standardized testing play in LAUSD's educational programs?[6]

"I believe that standardized tests should be limited to those mandated by law. Excessive student testing has resulted in a prescribed, narrow curriculum that focuses on the elements of reading and math that will be tested and measured. I believe there has to be a balance between teaching skills and nurturing students' individuality, creativity, and love of learning."

Arts for LA

Vasquez completed the candidate survey from Arts for LA, a group advocating greater investment in the arts. She proposed that "standardized tests should be limited to those mandated by law and funds should instead be used to provide all students access to quality arts education."[7]

Candidate forums

District 2 candidates participated in several forums dating back to October 2012. Videos of the October 17, 2012 forum[8], the November 15, 2012 forum, and the February 13, 2013 forum are available on YouTube.[9]

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