For Immediate Release
February 7, 2017
Los Angeles, CA – Today, the nation’s largest union representing school police, the Los Angeles School Police Association, announced its support for Yolie Flores in her race for US Congress.
In announcing their endorsement, Los Angeles School Police Association President Rudy Perez said:
“Yolie Flores is a life-long fighter for children and families with a proven track record of transformational change. Like our members, Yolie stands up for those who need help—that’s why we trust her to defend our public education system and protect the rights of working men and women. Now more than ever, we need Yolie Flores.”
The Los Angeles School Police Association endorsement comes on the heels of support from LAUSD Board Member Ref Rodriguez, who represents a third of the 34th Congressional District.
The mission of the Los Angeles School Police Association is to vigilantly protect, promote, and improve the working conditions, legal rights, compensation and benefits of Los Angeles School Police Officers and School Safety Officers.
The Los Angeles School Police Association, founded in 1981, has a proud and distinguished history, representing over 500 dedicated and professional sworn and non-sworn members of the Los Angeles School Police Department. The Los Angeles School Police Department is the largest independent school police department in the United States, with approximately 400 sworn police officers, over 125 non-sworn school safety officers, and 34 civilian support staff dedicated to serving the Los Angeles Unified School District.
Yolie Flores is an advocate for children and families, education policy leader, former School Board Member, social worker, and longtime resident of CA 34.
Yolie currently serves as Chief Program Officer for the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading; serves on the Boards of Coro Southern California, the Center for the Study of Social Policy, and The Education Trust; and is a member of the Annie E. Casey Children and Families Fellows’ Network. Yolie was elected to the LAUSD Board of Education in 2007 and served 3 years as Vice President of the Board. During her tenure, she ushered groundbreaking reform policies to engage parents as equal partners in the education of their children, improve student performance, protect early childhood and expand dual language opportunities. Prior to LAUSD, Yolie served for 8 years as the CEO of the Los Angeles County Children’s Planning Council.
Yolie earned her master’s in Social Welfare from the University of California, Los Angeles, and has twice been named Social Worker of the Year in her region.