Communities for Los Angeles Student Success (CLASS) Congratulates Michelle King, the New Superintendent of LAUSD Schools
On behalf of the 150, 000 families served by Communities for Los Angeles Student Success (CLASS), we congratulate the LAUSD School Board on its selection of Michelle King as the new Superintendent of Schools.
“We look forward to growing our partnership with Ms. King as she focuses on providing a high quality education for all students that prepares them for college and the workforce. She brings years of experience in improving our schools and working in collaboration with key stakeholders,” said Elise Buik, President and CEO, United Way of Greater Los Angeles.
We applaud Ms. King for making history by becoming the first African American woman to be at LAUSD’s helm. She is a trusted partner in the community and has shown great success in improving the District’s discipline policies and working to promote racial equity for Black and Latino students. We anticipate great success in working closely together to increase the percentage of students graduating prepared for college and to fully implement the Equity is Justice Resolution.
“We are excited to partner with Michelle King in this new role to increase graduation and college-going rates, improve school climates for all students – including supporting their health and well-being and to raise expectations for all children regardless of their zip code or physical or cognitive abilities,” said Maria Brenes, Executive Director of InnerCity Struggle.
“We welcome [Ms. King’s] guidance and support to reaffirm the district’s commitment to Linked Learning implementation and to Pilot Schools and their autonomies, two important in-district efforts to improve school quality and bring families and their students back to LAUSD,” said Jeanne Fauci, Executive Director of Center for Powerful Public Schools.
We congratulate the School Board for reaching a unanimous vote and we look forward to working with Ms. King and the Board as she continues to advance student success in the classroom and beyond.
About Communities for Los Angeles Student Success
Communities for Los Angeles Student Success (CLASS) is a coalition of parent, student, educator, community-based and civil rights organizations that, since its inception, is dedicated to ensuring all students in Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) receive an equitable, high-quality public education. The coalition, through its ten core organizations including United Way of Greater Los Angeles and over 60 network partners, represents over 150,000 constituents. For more information, visit www.unitedwayla.org/our-work/education/policy-advocacy/class/
About United Way of Greater Los Angeles
United Way of Greater Los Angeles is a nonprofit organization that creates pathways out of poverty by helping homeless people move into housing, providing students with the support they need to graduate high school prepared for college and the workforce, and helping hard-working families become financially stable. United Way identifies the root causes of poverty and works strategically to solve them by building alliances across all sectors, funding targeted programs and advocating for change. For more information, visit www.unitedwayla.org.
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