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United Way of Greater Los Angeles’ President and CEO, Elise Buik

A high-quality education is the ultimate pathway out of poverty…

Over the past few years,  it’s become evident that in a sluggish economy, it is perhaps our children who suffer the most. Attempts to balance the state budget have resulted in $20 billion worth of funding cuts for our K-12 schools, limiting their ability to provide students of all ages with the tools they need to succeed.

Two new measures on the November ballot, Propositions 30 and 38, would raise much-needed funds to ensure a strong learning environment that includes smaller class sizes, an increase in per-pupil spending (California currently ranks 47th in the nation) and preventing the school year from being shortened by as much as three weeks.

LAUSD has made significant gains in recent years by improving both its API (Academic Performance Index) score from 595 to 728 and overall graduation rate (from 56% in 2005 to 62% in 2011). We simply cannot afford to undermine the progress that has already been made when it comes to adequately preparing our kids for both college and career. The passage of Prop 30 and Prop 38 can help keep the District’s nearly 700,000 students on a clear path to success.

A high-quality education is the ultimate pathway out of poverty and pursuant to our mission to Create Pathways Out of Poverty for all Angelinos, United Way of Greater Los Angeles fully endorses Propositions 30 and 38 and we urge you to do the same.

By voting yes on both measures this November, you’re making a critical commitment to provide our students with the kind of public school education they deserve; thus securing the future of our businesses and region with a strong and educated workforce.

Read United Way’s official statement.

Read Steve Lopez’ article in The Los Angeles Times.