This morning, members of United Way’s Women Leaders attended the group’s 2012 Spring Breakfast at the Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel to learn more about the various challenges facing L.A.’s educational system.
Special guest Monica Garcia, President of LAUSD’s Board of Education, joined UWGLA President and CEO Elise Buik for a thought-provoking Q & A session focused on issues such as:
- The District’s 56% graduation rate, key reform initiatives and the current state of its 900 elementary, middle and high school campuses;
- Improving educator effectiveness as well as the impact of California’s budget crisis on the quality of instruction at local schools and their ability to deliver vital programs and services;
- Public School Choice, the School Report Card and similar measures designed to engage parents and community members in the educational process.
Garcia reinforced the District’s commitment to providing students with the tools they need to succeed while also praising United Way’s efforts to continually promote positive change.
“L.A. Unified is building partnerships with organizations all over the city and although the resources and strategies may differ, the goal remains the same: to achieve a 100% graduation rate and prepare our kids for both college and career,” she said.
“United Way’s leadership has been so important in bringing people to the table and ensuring that the voices of parents and community members are heard. Thank you for telling us that 56% isn’t good enough and for always pushing us to do better!”
To find out how you can help build a brighter future for our children by joining United Way’s Women Leaders, please contact Sarah Oesterle at email@example.com.