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United Way’s Director of Education Policy and Programming, Ryan Smith

Today, we helped launch a bold new coalition of civil rights, parent, teacher, community-based and education organizations that is already garnering attention in the media. In its first action, the new group, called Communities for Los Angeles Student Success (CLASS), surveyed more than 100 community groups to find out their priorities for improving L.A.’s schools. Click here to see the results.

The Los Angeles Times reported here on CLASS beginning with this sentence: “A coalition of groups, including the United Way of Greater Los Angeles, has launched an effort to put education at the center of the mayoral race and civic attention.”

The article quoted our own Ryan Smith, director of education policy and programming, who made the case for supporting – rather than obstructing – the school district’s efforts to improve low-performing schools: “We have a long way to go to in ensuring there is equity and access for all students, but there are some signs we’re headed in the right direction…”

LA School Report, the most widely read blog devoted solely to education in Los Angeles, reported on CLASS as well. Ryan was quoted here too: “These organizations, for decades, have been working very hard to increase equitable access to education,” said Smith. “We all value the same thing. It makes sense to come together to have an even larger presence.”

Read the press release.

An article that examines the disappearing middle class in our region and offers recommendations for us to compete in the 21st Century economy.

Los Angeles Business Journal, March 29, 2010


The rich got richer over the past 10 years, but the Great Recession has pounded Los Angeles County’s middle class and pushed the poor into even deeper despair, according to United Way’s study.

Daily News, February 10, 2010


Pobreza y prosperidad; las dos caras de Los Ángeles, una de las economías más vibrantes del planeta, y al mismo tiempo, capital de los desamparados y centro de varias economías subterráneas, sórdidas y persistentes.

La Opinion, February 10, 2010


United Way’s 2010 Tale of Two Cities Report reveals the growing disparity between the rich and poor. This article sites the findings.

LA Weekly Blog, February 9, 2010


City officials and United Way of Greater Los Angeles joined forces to inform low to moderate income working families about the benefits of one of the largest anti-poverty programs.

Los Angeles Times, January 29, 2010


L.A school officials unveiled a user-friendly report card based on feedback received through focus groups conducted by United Way of Greater Los Angeles.

Los Angeles Times, January 28, 2010


Los Angeles Times, November 8, 2009



Thousands gathered in downtown Los Angeles for HomeWalk a 5K walk, educational campaign and rally.

Daily Breeze, November 5, 2009


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