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February 10, 2015

Focus on Students - Armando Lopez

When Armando Lopez, a senior at Jordan High School, recalls his foster parents, a smile slowly forms on his face. “Hilda and Rudy,” he says with a warm grin. For Armando, 17, foster care was a critical support in his life. 

Armando’s story isn’t unlike any number of LA youth dealt a difficult hand – he, his brother and his mother were homeless until he was about 13, moving from one hotel to another. His mom did what she could to pay for their rooms, sometimes resorting to theft, which eventually landed her in jail and forced Armando and his brother into foster care. 

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February 10, 2015

Mendez Receives Communities in Schools Unsung Hero Award

Mendez High School, along with their community partners Promesa Boyle Heights and Communities in Schools Los Angeles, was awarded the Communities in Schools 2015 Unsung Hero Award along with nine other organizations.  

Communities In Schools (CIS) is a national organization, operating in more than 2,200 schools in the most challenged communities of 26 states and the District of Columbia offering services to ensure students have the tools they need to be successful in school and life. 

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February 10, 2015

Wells Fargo, FOX Sports West and the LA Kings Team Up With the Partnership for Third Year

For the third consecutive year, Wells Fargo, FOX Sports West, and the LA Kings are teaming up with the Partnership for LA Schools for Score One for LA's Kids to help raise money for Partnership schools.  Over the last two years, $300,000 has been raised for the Partnership through this collaboration to help fund new technology in classrooms and targeted teacher development training to increase student achievement.

This year, Wells Fargo will present a $150,000 donation to the Partnership during the FOX Sports West LA Kings Pre Game Show on Feb. 26, 2015. Throughout the season, Kings fans will be able to see how funds are being utilized to help students via segment airing during pre-game shows.
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February 10, 2015

Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation Invests $20K for Model Technology Classrooms

The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation (LADF), announced a $20,000 investment in the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools’ new Blended Learning Model Classroom program. The grant will support 10 middle school literacy and math classrooms to ensure the schools are effectively able to individualize instruction, thereby improving student academic proficiency at an accelerated rate. 

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February 10, 2015

Educator Spotlight: Susan Nolan, Hollenbeck Middle School

A woman of slight build and gentle demeanor, Mrs. Susan Nolan may seem like an unlikely powerhouse, but as she began to explain her involvement at Hollenbeck Middle School, it quickly become apparent that Mrs. Nolan is no shrinking violet.

After serving as a Special Education RSP resource at Hollenbeck for four years, Mrs. Nolan made the transition back to classroom teacher, but like everything with Mrs. Nolan, there’s a larger mission.

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December 19, 2014

Partnership Adds Three Civic Leaders to Board of Directors

The Partnership for Los Angeles Schools today announced the addition of three new members to its Board of Directors: Lindsey Kozberg, strategic advisor at California Strategies, Daniel Lefler, partner in the Los Angeles office of Irell & Manella LLP, and Diana Torres, commercial litigation and intellectual property partner at the international law firm, Kirkland & Ellis LLP. 

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December 08, 2014

The Sheri & Les Biller Family Foundation Renews Commitment to Partnership with $350K Grant

The Sheri and Les Biller Family Foundation has renewed its investment in the Partnership with a $350K grant. Funds will primarily support leadership development for principals in addition to the broader school transformation work of the Partnership. The Biller Family Foundation has invested over $2.5 million in the Partnership’s work since the organization’s launch in 2008.

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November 19, 2014

Four Partnership High Schools Participate in Geffen Playhouse Project

Over 400 Partnership high school students from Mendez, Roosevelt, Santee and Jordan high schools ventured away from their neighborhoods to Westwood for what, to many, was a first-time experience: attending a professional theatre production at the Geffen Playhouse.

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November 19, 2014

Educator Spotlight: Roosevelt High School’s Athletic Director, Coach Javier Cid

Coach Javier Cid has been a fixture in Roosevelt High School football for over two decades, first as assistant coach and then head coach and now as the school's Athletic Director. He’s led the school’s legendary football team to countless victories, but as a teacher first, Coach Cid insists on making academics a priority. As the team prepared for the East L.A. Classic we sat down with Coach Cid to talk about his tenure at Roosevelt and how he inspires his athletes to excel beyond sports.

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November 19, 2014

Banc of California, Gasol Foundation, United Way and Walton Family Foundation Support Partnership Parents

Partnership parents have important allies this year in their pursuit of a better education for their children.  Past supporters, the Walton Family Foundation and United Way, along with newcomer Banc of California are investing in Parent College, a seven-month empowerment workshop series designed to improve parents’ understanding of the school system so they can become informed advocates for their children’s education.

The Walton Family Foundation renewed its commitment to the Partnership’s parent advocacy work with a $250,000 grant, bringing their total giving to $723,579 since the 2012-13 school year. Additionally, United Way has approved another year of support with nearly $50,000, and Banc of California is investing $100,000 to sponsor the Parent College hub in Boyle Heights.

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