For Immediate Release
February 13, 2017

Los Angeles—Today education leader and former candidate for State Superintendent of Public Instruction Marshall Tuck announced his support for Yolie Flores in the competitive 34th Congressional district special election scheduled for April 4th.

“Yolie Flores is the best of Los Angeles. As a social worker and an educator she has spent thirty years helping children and families. On the LAUSD School Board Yolie was a tireless advocate for transformation to help thousands of children get access to high quality schools. In Congress Yolie will fight for the causes that we care about—building an education system worthy of our children, expanding health care access for every American, and ensuring that we are a country that welcomes immigrants,” Tuck said.

Tuck’s endorsement comes on the heels of support from the Los Angeles School Police Association and LAUSD Board Member Ref Rodriguez.

Marshall Tuck currently serves as the Educator in Residence at the New Teacher Center (NTC) and focuses on helping NTC continue its work of partnering with school districts to help districts more effectively develop teachers and principals. Tuck served as the founding CEO of the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools, former Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s groundbreaking collaboration with the Los Angeles Unified School District to operate 17 struggling public elementary, middle, and high schools serving 15,000 students.

Yolie Flores is an advocate for children and families, education policy leader, former school board member, social worker, and longtime resident of California’s 34th Congressional District.

Yolie currently serves as Chief Program Officer for the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, and on the non-profit, non-partisan Boards of Coro Southern California, The Education Trust, and the Center for the Study of Social Policy. From 2010 to 2012, she served as President & CEO of Communities for Teaching Excellence, a national education non-profit. 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 empower parents, improve student performance, and expand early childhood and bilingual education. Prior to LAUSD, Yolie served for 8 years as the CEO of the Los Angeles County Children’s Planning Council.

Yolie earned her Master of Social Welfare from the University of California, Los Angeles and has twice been named social worker of the year in her region.