5,000+ Parents and Educators Demand High-Quality Public Education

5,000+ Parents and Educators Demand High-Quality Public Education

On February 4, United Way of Greater L.A. joined more than 5,000 parents, students, teachers and educators for the "Schools We Can Believe In" rally at Exposition Park to call for high-quality public schools in every neighborhood for every student.

Too many children in Los Angeles aren't getting the education they deserve. Currently, only 56% of LAUSD students graduate from high school on time and far too many are left unprepared for college.

The rally featured comments from city leaders including Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy, Executive Director of Communities for Teaching Excellence and UWGLA Board Member Yolie Flores as well as Corri Ravare, Executive Director of Families That Can.

Villaraigosa told parents that they play a critical role in improving public schools: "Great schools will only come when parents are engaged and demand results," he said. "Every child in every neighborhood deserves access to an excellent education."

 "We have some great public schools in L.A. but we don't have enough of them. Our children can't wait," Corri Ravare added.

 "It is the responsibility of all educators in this city to ensure that every one of its students receives a quality education and graduates from high school college-prepared and career-ready," Deasy said. "At LAUSD, we are charting a bold course to achieve that goal which includes school choice, performance management and new tools to measure educator effectiveness."

Former LAUSD Board Member Yolie Flores joined the event in support of parents and highlighted the need for quality teachers.

 "Parents and students know their rights. They know that a quality education requires an effective teacher in every classroom," she said. "We're gathering here to demand better policies that ensure effective teaching so that every student can and will succeed."

 The rally was coordinated by Families That Can, a statewide organization of charter school parents, in partnership with community organizations like United Way of Greater L.A., Families In Schools, Alliance for a Better Community, Communities for Teaching Excellence, EdVoice and Democrats for Education Reform.



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