There is a massive disparity in the quality of schools that are only four miles apart. Cities like Lomita and Torrance, who neighbor each other geographically have drastically different school systems.

Torrance was able to create its own school district decades ago. In that time, the school district has been given the tools and the ability to succeed.

In a 2017 ranking of test scores, Torrance Unified School District ranked over 400 places higher than LA Unified School District. [1] Torrance has the 116th best test scores in the state while LA Unified ranked 559th out of 849.

Cities like Torrance have been fortunate, but nearby cities, who are still under the control of the powerful Los Angeles Unified School District are not so lucky. Lomita and Gardena are just two examples of cities in our district and in our neighborhoods that are stuck in the sad spot of trying to leave LAUSD but not being able to. They have sought to separate but have been told they cannot.

My opponent, Al Muratsuchi is beholden to the status quo and has done nothing to allow these cities the opportunity to do what is best for them. He is either afraid to oppose them or believes that the system in place is the best.

I firmly believe that Gardena and Lomita know what they need the most. Being a part of the massive, 640,000-student, 900-school, 720-square mile LAUSD cannot be a good fit for everyone. Continuing to do nothing and stick with the system that has been the status quo since 1853 is not always the best solution.

I propose giving all cities the ability to break away and form whatever school district that will best serve their needs and the needs of our children.

This is not an issue of right or wrong; it is an issue of local control and giving power to those on the ground in the communities affected to make decisions and plan based on what they need the most.