Did you know? The high school graduation rate is 77% for Los Angeles County; 80.5% for LAUSD.
Grades of a “C” or better in A-G classes (courses required for college entry) are only 52.2% for the county and 59.6% for LAUSD (2017).
Join us in celebrating our huge victory! United Way of Greater Los Angeles’ Communities for Los Angeles Student Success (CLASS) coalition, representing 70 partners, put forth their Close the Gap resolution which was voted in unanimously June 12 by the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) board so all students are college and career ready. See how LAUSD Board President, Monica Garcia, congratulates UWGLA here.
The resolution’s solutions overall are closely tied to the findings in our newly released UWGLA-funded Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) Report Card.
UWGLA received acknowledgment of this Report Card by new LAUSD Superintendent Austin Beutner who issued an official statement.
In other education work, last month students of United Way of Greater Los Angeles’ Young Civic Leaders Program wrote an open letter to the future Superintendent. Their letter generated a face-to-face opportunity with the new LAUSD Superintendent Austin Beutner to discuss college and career supports for students.
We also produced an informative education webinar, summarizing the culmination of years of our education work, which can be viewed here.
Official Statement by Superintendent Austin Beutner on Local Control Funding Formula Report
The Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) was adopted by the state four years ago, and was intended to restore funding lost during the Great Recession and provide additional resources for students most in need. Today’s report from the CLASS Coalition and United Way of Greater Los Angeles provides the opportunity to assess L.A. Unified’s implementation of the LCFF and whether the objectives are being met.
The report notes the District has made some progress in serving students, including adding Advanced Placement courses, introducing preschool and transitional kindergarten classes and expanding parent engagement. However, the report also states that significant work remains to be done. Among the issues the report raises are:
- More progress needs to be made to help students most in need. Significant opportunity gaps continue to exist between students of color and their peers.
- More than a third of the District’s budget is spent on three things – Special Education, Health Care and Pensions. This crowds out the District’s ability to direct funds toward students most in need.
- The District uses different instructional models to educate students, including magnet centers and dual-language programs, but has yet to demonstrate which are the most effective for students or the most attractive to families.
- Minimal evidence has emerged to weigh the efficacy of District programs. This requires a more in-depth look at how District and school leaders are evaluating the impact of various investments.
To deliver on the promise of the LCFF, the District must be more transparent. The District must make sure that it is investing in proven strategies and programs to improve student achievement. The District must also be more accountable to ensure it achieves the goals of the LCFF.
We appreciate the commitment of the CLASS Coalition and United Way of Greater Los Angeles to help us in this work.
Contact: Shannon Haber (213) 241-6766