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M?nica Garc?a serves on the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Board of Education. First elected in 2006, she continues to galvanize the LAUSD school community with bold initiatives that have contributed to an increase in graduation rates from 45 to 68 percent. She is an effective policy maker with a focus on high-impact progressive policies. M?nica is an education warrior for the children of Los Angeles with a clear goal of 100% graduation. M?nica champions school reform models that increase student achievement, provide students personalized instruction, and grant educators greater instructional and budgetary independence. She has supported fully funding student needs with a $7 billion school bond and a $50 million increase in the district?s investment in school-based health and wellness centers. She also supports educational justice and accountability in the form of School Report Cards and increased academic support for English Language Learners and youth that have had previous interaction with the criminal justice system. Prior to joining the Board of Education, M?nica served as chief of staff to LAUSD Board President Jos? Huizar. Through her earlier work as a guidance counselor in South Los Angeles, she solidified her belief that with opportunities and support, every child can learn. M?nica graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a B.A. in Chicano studies and political science, and earned her M.S.W. from the University of Southern California. She is a Fellow of the 12th class of the Pahara-Aspen Education Fellowship and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.