A Bold Statement to LAUSD: 375 Empty Desks & 300 Empowered Students

A Bold Statement to LAUSD: 375 Empty Desks & 300 Empowered Students

In a silent protest organized by Communities for Los Angeles School Success (CLASS), the education advocacy coalition that United Way of Greater Los Angeles helps to lead, 375 desks lined Beaudry Ave in front of the Los Angeles Unified School District on the morning of April 8th.



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These desks represented the 375 students who drop out of our schools each week. Many of these kids are low-income students, English learners and foster youth. That’s why we’ve been working on educating the public about how the extra $1 billion in state funding over the next seven years must go to help those students.


See below for coverage from CLASS’ silent protest.


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United Way Program Director Ryan Smith explained the desks represented 375 students who drop out of LAUSD every week. In order to keep kids in school and learning, Smith believes individual facilities should have control of their budgets.


“We can’t prescribe the same solution for all schools,” Smith said. “So we think it’s important that the parents and teachers closest to students can determine what’s needed.” (Source: Los Angeles Daily News)


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"We're glad the drivers are upset, because we're upset about students dropping out," said Elmer Roldan, education program officer with United Way of Greater Los Angeles.


"The most vulnerable students should benefit from the budget." 


(Source: Los Angeles Times)


Student Voices Matter -- Did You Hear Them?


Following the silent protest, over 300 LAUSD students, including our United Way Student Fellows, flocked to the district headquarters to push for a student advisory seat on the school board. These students believe they deserve a voice in the decisions that affect their education.


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Yesterday, the school board voted to pursue the idea of a student advisory board member and further examine how the role would work, so we look forward to helping our Student Fellows as their advocacy journey continues!


See below for coverage.


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Communities for Los Angeles School Success (CLASS) is a coalition of more than 50 parent, student, educator, community-based and civil rights organizations who have been deeply involved for decades in organizing and advocating for improvements within LAUSD that make student achievement the priority of every school in the District. Collectively, our organizations serve over 150,000 thousand families, students and teachers in Los Angeles.

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