The LAUSD Board District 7 Virtual Candidate Forum is an opportunity for voters to hear directly from candidates Patricia Castellanos & Tanya Ortiz Franklin, as they share their respective visions for bringing equity to every LAUSD school.

The forum will be moderated by Dr. Pedro Noguera, Dean of USC Rossier School of Education, sociologist, and award-winning author. Student and parent advocates joining the call as panelists include Citalali Rodriguez (Student Advocate), Yairel Juarez (Student Advocate), Faith Wroten (Parent Advocate), and Hilda Avila (Parent Advocate).

Please use the tools below to share the event and give others in your community, workplace, and family the opportunity to hear from LAUSD parents and students advocating for educational equity.


RSVP here to let us know if you can make it and submit your questions for the candidates.


Raffle Details

The United Way of Greater LA will be hosting a raffle at the end of the event. Stay until the end for details on how to enter to win a new printer, laptop, gift cards, and more!

Voting Resources

This year, due to Covid-19, all registered voters in the state of California will receive a vote-by-mail ballot. LA County residents can go to to learn about polling locations, County ballot initatives, how to register to vote, and much more. The last day to register to vote in California is October 19th; however, California also offers same-day voter registration any time from October 20th to Election Day on November 3rd. 

To find a polling place near you to register through same-day registration on Election Day, visit

For information on how to register through same-day registration between October 20th and Election Day at an Early Voting site, please visit

If before October 19th and you have not yet registered to vote, visit

Make sure you’re informed on all the issues on the ballot. As much as we hear about the President and the Vice President, the votes we cast further down the ballot are the local decisions that will impact us most directly and immediately. For example, LAUSD School Board elections are crucial, not only because board members collectively oversee a budget over $7.5 billion, but because they also have the power to create pathways for our most vulnerable students to have access to an equitable public education. The decisions made by the Board of Education can spark a transformation in the learning and lives of our students.

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