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Meet The New Student Member of the LAUSD Board

Kamarie Brown was sworn in at the LAUSD board's Oct. 6 meeting. (Screenshot of LAUSD meeting)
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After beating out 64 other students who applied, Crenshaw High senior Kamarie Brown was sworn in Oct. 6 as the newest student member of LAUSD's Board of Education.

The district says she's the first African American woman to serve in the position. Brown, who says calculus is her favorite subject, plans to focus on the Student Bill of Rights and equity among schools during her one-year term.

She said equity became an important issue to her when she was about to start high school, and she almost ended up going to a school in North Hollywood, some 15 miles away from her neighborhood.

“The question always lingered,” Brown said. “Why do I have to travel far out to go to a good school?”

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That question got her involved in an effort to improve the situation at Crenshaw High, trying to secure things like more up-to-date textbooks and a permanent nurse on-site.

As the student member of the board, Brown will be able to participate in discussions, suggest resolutions, and even cast votes — although, according to board rules, her vote will not be counted when determining if a motion passes.


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