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LAUSD to vote on declaring Cesar Chavez Day a school holiday

Los Angeles Unified’s Board of Education is set to vote tomorrow on whether to honor the late farm worker leader Cesar Chavez with a paid employee holiday. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has more.

Adolfo Guzman-Lopez: Cesar Chavez Day is already a paid holiday for state employees in California and a handful of other states. California law lets school districts decide whether to declare Chavez Day a paid holiday.

That’s the perfect way to honor Chavez’s decades of civil rights struggles, say the authors of the L.A. Unified motion: board members Yolie Flores Aguilar and Richard Vladovic and board president Monica Garcia. Chavez, a founder of the United Farm Workers, used non-violent tactics to call for better working conditions and wages for farm workers and their families.

If approved, Cesar Chavez Day would take the place of another L.A. Unified paid holiday. For years, San Bernardino congressman Joe Baca’s tried to pass a bill to declare a national Chavez Day. The authors of the L.A. Unified motion hope their action will encourage Baca’s colleagues to approve it.

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