New Assemblyman Bloom Confers with Student Activists

Photos by Patricia Williams

Jan. 25, 2013: Freshman Assemblymember Richard Bloom conferred with STFers representing Santa Monica HS, Palisades Charter HS and New Roads School about subjects ranging from gun violence and school security to the Local Control Funding Formula, and from teacher evaluation to interjecting human rights education into the curriculum. STF leaders urged Bloom to convene a committee of students and teachers to meet with him periodically regarding public education issues. The new Assemblymember (District 50) did not commit to forming a committee, but welcomed ongoing communication with STF. Last week’s meeting at Santa Monica HS was the result of the Oct. 25 STF Candidate and Issues Forum with Bloom and his opponent, Betsy Butler.

The students sent Assemblyman Bloom a follow up letter saying, “… you won’t find a constituency more focused on the future than young people. Our own future is that of the state and the nation, and that is why we’re engaged in the long, but ultimately rewarding process of determining it now.”  (Letter drafted by Matthew Ware, SM HS)

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