Endorsement interviews: Hydra Mendoza


Hydra Mendoza is running for a second term on the school board, and she told us that four years wasn’t enough time to get done all the work that she’s taken on. She’s pushing for the “career to college” program and for citywide preschool.

Mendoza supports the new enrollment process, saying it offers some certainty to parents. She’s a friend of Arne Duncan, the Obama Administration’s education secretary, whose policies have infuriated progressive educators, but she says he’s in a tough job: “It’s ahrd to set national education policy when you have states that are failures for kids.”

She supports the charter schools that the district currently has, although she argues that “I’ve yet to see a charter school that offers something we can’t do ourselves.”

You can listen to our full interview here:

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