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Media Appearances

  • Robert D. Skeels Speech on TENTEN Rooftop December 16, 2012
    Posted Dec 24, 2012, 2:25 AM by RD Skeels
  • Robert D. Skeels, candidato al distrito 2 para desplazar a Mónica García Robert D. Skeels explica por qué se ha lanzado como candidato al distrito 2 para desplazar a Mónica García, a quien considera pésima dirigente escolar. Programa de radio dedicado a la educación en Los Angeles, California - Martes y viernes 9pm por W Radio 690 AM y 11pm México por Facebook:
    Posted Oct 1, 2012, 12:11 PM by Robert D. Skeels
  • OccupyLAUSD starts now! Robert D. Skeels interview Essentially we have a school board that was elected primarily with money from the Coalition from School Reform, which is Eli Broad, Jerry Perenchio, Philip Anshutz... all of these people represent the 1%. Their ideas and their policies are being implemented, while the 99% are being ignored. Parents, community members, students, and educators are shut out of LAUSD. — Robert D. Skeels Interview Transcript Subha Ravindhran: Good morning Leslie. Yes, hundreds of people are expected to turn out today. They will be marching to LAUSD headquarters, and they will be joining in with the Occupy LA Movement, they say that they too are part of that 99%, and they want an end to corporate greed. I'm actually standing here with ...
    Posted Apr 5, 2012, 12:37 AM by Robert D. Skeels
  • What is Prop 39, and What is the Colocation Fightback? [click here if you can't hear this audio] Politics or Pedagogy - KPFK - with John Cromshow and guest Robert D. Skeels. March 31, 2012 source: KPKF 90.7 Discussing the social justice struggles against Proposition 39, especially the efforts to save beloved Micheltorena Elementary School in Silver Lake from the deep pocketed Citizens of The World Charter Corporation.
    Posted Apr 5, 2012, 12:32 AM by Robert D. Skeels
  • How Administration Tries to Cow Teachers Into Submission Talk by PESJA/CEJ activist and District 2 LAUSD Trustee Candidate Robert D. Skeels at the Support Cadre Resisting Administrative Maltreatment (SCRAM) Caucus Meeting at CTA State Council of Education on January 29, 2012. Special thanks to John Cromshow of KPFK and SCRAM for arranging the event.
    Posted Apr 5, 2012, 12:18 AM by Robert D. Skeels
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Positions on Major Issues and News

  • City Clerk Certifies Official List Of Candidates 2013 Primary Nominating Election LOS ANGELES (December 14, 2012) — Los Angeles City Clerk June Lagmay released today the official list of 77 candidates who have qualified to appear on the ballot for the March 5, 2013 City of Los Angeles Primary Nominating Election. A random alphabet drawing conducted publicly in the City Council Chamber on December 10, 2012 determined the order in which candidates are listed in each race. The City Clerk has certified the following candidates to appear on the March 5, 2013 ballot in this order: LOS ANGELES UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT MEMBER OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION, DISTRICT NO. 2 MÓNICA GARCĺA, Member of the Board of Education ANNAMARIE MONTAÑEZ, Teacher/Doctoral Candidate ROBERT D. SKEELS, Educator/Education ...
    Posted Dec 15, 2012, 3:08 AM by RD Skeels
  • In memory of Harvey Milk: teacher witch-hunts are nothing new "Gay people have been slandered nationwide. We've been tarred and we've been brushed with the picture of pornography." — Harvey Milk The current crop of teacher-bashing political opportunists including Michelle Rhee, Ben Austin, Peter C. Cook, Gloria Romero, and Andy Smarick, are nothing new. While it's always been in vogue to attack the female dominated profession, teachers have really been in the crosshairs of reactionaries ever since they won the modicum of protections that unions provide. San Francisco's Supervisor Harvey Milk and Mayor George Moscone were assassinated 34 years ago today. Milk, who had been a teacher early in his career, was a man who always spoke truth to power. When right-wing extremist John Briggs ...
    Posted Nov 28, 2012, 1:13 AM by RD Skeels
  • Professor Diane Ravitch endorses Robert D. Skeels for LAUSD trustee I am happy to endorse the candidacy of Robert D. Skeels for LAUSD school board. He attended UCLA, is a veteran of the US Navy, and a staunch supporter of public education. He passionately defends the right of every child to a high-quality education. His knowledge, experience and perspective would add a greatly needed new voice to the deliberations of the school board. He would stand up for children, parents and teachers.  The future of public education hangs in the balance, as the forces of privatization circle round it. I strongly urge voters to support Robert Skeels at this critical time. Diane Ravitch Diane Ravitch is Research Professor of Education at New York University and a historian of education ...
    Posted Nov 3, 2012, 9:11 AM by RD Skeels
  • Statement of Principles I stand for:Fully funded public schools with elected school boardsSmall class sizesDual language immersionFree voluntary reading and ample access to librariesProject based learning and respect for vocational educationCulturally relevant curriculum, ethic studies, and liberation pedagogyArts, music, and literatureSchools encouraging community and parental collaborationProfessional, experienced educators with the right to collective bargainingI vehemently oppose:Privatization via charters and vouchersStandardized tests being used for high stakes decisionsA singular focus on testing leading to a narrowing of curricula and elimination of electivesSegregation by race, class, and ethnicityDiscrimination against students with special needs or disabilitiesAlternate teaching certifications that lead to inexperienced and unqualified instructorsUnproven methodologies and programs being ...
    Posted Nov 2, 2012, 8:52 PM by RD Skeels
  • Second Community Based LAUSD District 2 Candidate Forum Announced I am honored to have been invited to this event and am looking forward to discussing critical education issues. Many thanks to the District 2 Neighborhood Coalition for organizing these forums.
    Posted Nov 1, 2012, 6:49 PM by RD Skeels
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Current Struggles

  • Robert D. Skeels' responses to the Arts for LA Spring LAUSD Candidate Survey First published on Echo Park Patch on January 2, 2013. "Thinking is not the intellectual reproduction of what already exists anyway." — Theodor Adorno One of the more intriguing aspects of being a candidate for a high profile office like Member of Board of Education, Los Angeles Unified School District, is the number of questionnaires various organizations ask you to complete. Some of these are for endorsement considerations, others are just to publicize your stances on various issues. Today Arts for LA sent me a five question survey. When answering the questions, I realized it would be worth publishing the Q&A since, in my eyes, it addresses many of the fundamentally flawed issues with national standards and punitive testing regimes ...
    Posted Jan 3, 2013, 1:05 AM by RD Skeels
  • A VIP helped us promote Sunday's 1010 Wilshire event! Please join #LAUSD board candidate Robert D. Skeels this Sunday for a 1010 Wilshire Blvd Rooftop Fundraising Reception.— Diane Ravitch (@DianeRavitch) December 13, 2012 Many thanks to Dr. Diane Ravitch for helping us get the word out. If you are in Los Angeles, please plan on attending. Remember LAUSD Board Members' votes effect everyone in the city.
    Posted Dec 15, 2012, 2:22 AM by RD Skeels
  • Why I enthusiastically endorse Ron Gochez for Los Angeles City Council District 9 For many years the people of Los Angeles City Council District 9 (CD9) have not been represented. Instead, deep pocketed developers have had virtually unfettered influence and access, and we've seen tragedies like the razing of the South Central Farm, the victimization of the homeless under Safer Cities Initiative, and intentional blight to displace low income families of color to make way for gentrification and development greed. Indeed the past dozen years have seen the residents of CD9 subjected to all manners of indignities, exploitations, and oppressions, including environmental racism. Community members and groups asked long time community activist Ron Gochez to run for the CD9 seat. While Ron has never had aspirations of running for political office, he ...
    Posted Nov 29, 2012, 2:39 PM by RD Skeels
  • Refocusing LAUSD on reading and learning instead of testing Hope Is an Open Book, an op-ed piece by author Walter Dean Myers, was tweeted this morning by educator Susan Ohanian. While written in 2005, Myers' message about access to books is profound and even more urgent today with canned corporate education solutions that narrow curriculum dominating policy. Sadly, Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) is run by a Superintendent who neither values books, nor libraries. This has to change, and change quickly. We need to shutdown LAUSD's testing-industrial-complex and reopen both our school and classroom libraries. Reopening libraries also means rehiring credentialed librarian-educators. We can pay for that by ditching discredited and expensive attempts to tie teacher evaluations to test scores (VAM/AGT) and ...
    Posted Nov 24, 2012, 3:18 PM by RD Skeels
  • The Villaraigosa and García machine's perfect gerrymander "But some school board officials and those involved in the redistricting process said that although Villaraigosa may not have directly managed day-to-day activities, the makeup of the commission allowed for a majority bloc of those aligned with him." — Stephen Ceasar of The Los Angeles Times There were two registered District 2 schoolboard candidates before Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) was redistricted last Spring. Those candidates were Abelardo Diaz and myself — Robert D. Skeels. Both of us live in the 90026 zip code and have/had a considerable voting base in the community. This is particularly true for me, having lived in Echo Parque since 1995. I lived on Valley View Drive for years, Laguna Avenue for over ...
    Posted Oct 29, 2012, 1:27 AM by RD Skeels
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The LAUSD Campaign for the 99%

  • Robert D. Skeels, a Social Justice Schoolboard Candidate My name is Robert D. Skeels. Over the course of many years as an education activist and a social justice writer, I've witnessed many grave injustices perpetrated by the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) on our community. Sadly, a primary reason for this is that a majority of our current Schoolboard members were elected with, and beholden to, money from the one percent and corporate interests. Until we have a majority of social justice minded Schoolboard Trustees, we will continue to suffer from policies that don't serve the needs of students, families and communities. This is why I am running for the District 2 Trustee seat. As an individual committed to social justice, I will stand up ...
    Posted Nov 2, 2012, 9:46 PM by RD Skeels
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