Jeneen Robinson

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Jeneen Robinson
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Former candidate for
Board member, Los Angeles Unified School District, District 4
Bachelor'sJames Madison University
Master'sHoward University
OtherM.Div, Fuller Seminary
Place of birthVirginia
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Jeneen Robinson sought election to the Los Angeles Unified School District Board's District 4 seat in 2013. After failing to qualify for the ballot, she continued campaigning as a write-in candidate. Citing her inability to compete with the independent expenditures on behalf of her opponents, Robinson dropped out and endorsed Steve Zimmer on February 27, 2013.[1]


Robinson is a youth minister at Grant AME Church. She previously worked as an entertainment news journalist. Robinson has served on various LAUSD parent committees, including Parents as Equal Partners.[2]


  • B.A., International Affairs and French, James Madison University
  • M.A., French Linguistics and Sociolinguistics, Howard University
  • M.Div., Fuller Seminary



The following questions were prepared by the League of Women Voters of Los Angeles:[3]

1. What is the single most important issue facing LAUSD today? As a Board Member, what would you do to deal with it?[3]

"The most important issue facing LAUSD today is access to quality teaching and learning environments. As a Board Member, I would continue the work of the District and its labor partners to develop a meaningful evaluation system for our teachers and learning communities. We should work to recruit, retain and reward the most talented workforce in this nation so that our children are exposed to a world-class education."

2. How would you prioritize your local constituency in overseeing LAUSD management, setting District policy, and day-to-day decision-making?[3]

"The job of a board member is to listen and lead a multi-layer participatory process of engaging families, schools and communities in our education system. I have been a liaison between schools and community for this district. I will continue to be accessible to my constituency while maintaining a rapport with the district at large."

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

"As former NAACP National ACT-SO Director I managed a $1.2 million budget with fiscal responsibility and integrity; and directed 200 programs nationwide that gave education enrichment opportunities to over 10,000 students. This is the type of leadership and experience needed for the complexities of this district that I possess."

4. How should LAUSD deal with its rapidly increasing costs for retiree and employee health care?[3]

"Those who serve our school system should be able to enjoy the benefits of their employment with peace of mind. I will commit to preserving the funding of retirement and employee health care while not sacrificing quality instructional programs."

5. What part should standardized testing play in LAUSD's educational programs?[3]

"While I don't believe standardized tests reflect the totality of student achievement, nor the best of a teacher, we unfortunately live in a world of standardization. I feel there is room to revise the culture of standardized testing and newer ways of assessing student and teacher aptitude. These should play an integral part in LAUSD education programs."

Arts for LA survey

Robinson did not fill out the candidate survey from Arts for LA, a group advocating greater investment in the arts.[4]

Candidate forum

Robinson was not invited to attend a candidate forum in January, leaving incumbent Steve Zimmer and fellow challenger Kate Anderson to give statements and take questions without her present.[5]

Robinson told the Argonaut that she was "shocked" not to be included, and asserted that, "The United Way is a community-based organization and they should allow anyone who is recognized by the city to participate."[6]

Jeneen Robinson 2013 campaign ad

A video of the entire event may be found on YouTube.[7]



See also: Los Angeles Unified School District elections (2013)
Los Angeles Unified School District 4, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Kate Anderson 48.3% 38,063
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Zimmer Incumbent 51.7% 40,716
Total Votes 78,779
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
Kate Anderson $250,925 $25,000 $1,139,324.67 $438,933.68
Steve Zimmer $82,406.50 $0 $618,493.59 $319,512.12
Jeneen Robinson (write-in) $26,284.43 $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[8]

Campaign literature

During the 2013 campaign, Robinson registered 8 pieces of campaign literature with the City of Los Angeles City Ethics Commission. The campaign literature included 2 flyers, a TV speech script, 1 mailer, a business card, a banner, and two additional ad scripts.[9]

No independent expenditure groups registered any literature supporting or opposing Robinson.


Robinson grew up in Virginia. She has a son.[2]

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