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LWV League of Women Voters of California Education Fund
Los Angeles County, CA March 3, 2015 Election
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Andra Hoffman
Answers Questions

Candidate for
Member of the Board of Trustees; Los Angeles Community College District; Office 1


The questions were prepared by the League of Women Voters of Los Angeles and asked of all candidates for this office.
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Questions & Answers

1. What is the single most important issue facing LACCD today? How, as Trustee, would you deal with it?

Student access to classes, student success and persistence, funding and fiscal stability is a major issue for the district. From 2008 + 2013, the community colleges were bursting at the seams and during the fiscal crisis had to turn thousands of students away. Now that classes have been restored, the issue is making sure that students are receiving enough support services to be successful; A plan for increasing enrollment and retention is needed so that students achieve their goals whether that be transfer to a four year college or university, get vocational training or earn a certificate.

2. How would you address the level of resources now devoted to remedial classwork at our community colleges?

Resources for basic skills and remedial math and English courses must be increased if we want close the achievement gap. Concurrent enrollment and exposure to community college coursework while students are still in high school is one way to address some of these issues.

More supportive services such as tutoring, mentoring, career counseling, childcare and financial aid are required if students are to going to succeed.

3. How would you prioritize the various roles of the community college today?

California Community Colleges prepare students to transfer to a four year university to earn a bachelor's degree and provide career and technical education training. Most of the state's firefighters, nurses and early childhood educators are products of the California Community College system. Community colleges change lives by admitting all students regardless of race, gender or socioeconomic status.

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