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March 13, 2017

Partnership Policy Briefs

We are pleased to share new policy briefs the Partnership team has developed on two critical issues facing our education system here in Los Angeles: equitable funding and unified enrollment.

In addition to directly managing 19 LAUSD schools, the Partnership also advocates for broader system change, working to remove barriers and develop best practices not only for our schools, but for other high-need schools in Los Angeles as well. We do this as a partner with the district, drawing on our direct experience with LAUSD schools to identify systemic challenges and champion change where change is needed. 

The briefs attached here are examples of this. The research, analysis and recommendations here are an outgrowth of what we have heard and experienced alongside the school leaders, teacher and parents in our school communities. The briefs are meant to inform and influence district and community leaders as we all work toward a more equitable system.

We welcome opportunities for dialogue on these topics and look forward to feedback. 

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February 06, 2017

University Day 2017

On February 18th, 1,000 students, parents, and partners will join the Partnership at Occidental College for University Day 2017! The day includes participation in a Campus Tour, Admissions Workshop & Student Life Panel, as well as included transportation, childcare, and breakfast and lunch for participants.

Please join us for this empowering event! Additional information is available in English and Spanish here. To RSVP or for more information, please contact Shirley Vilca at or 213-201-2000 x266.


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September 02, 2016

Promising Practices

On July 23, over 200 participants gathered to share best practices among the charter and public school sector. The Partnership network participated in full force, sending representative from the home office, MSTMA, Stevenson Middle School, Roosevelt High School and Joyner Elementary School. Read the full story here. For additional information on the presentations, click here and here.

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May 06, 2016

Breaking News: $500,000 Matching Grant for Partnership's 2016 Gala

The Partnership is excited to announce that an anonymous donor has pledged, for a third consecutive year, to match dollar-for-dollar all funds raised through this year's Believe With Me gala, up to $500,000. 

Any donations we receive through the close of the event on May 24th, will be eligible for a matching gift, instantly doubling your impact!

If you have already purchased your sponsorship, tickets, or made a donation already - your gift has now been doubled!  If you have yet to contribute to the gala, there is still time - please visit to make your donation today, or contact Dan Reis at or (213) 201-2000 Ext - 214. 

We are enormously grateful for the opportunity to increase the impact of each contribution. We need your support to maximize the fundraising potential of this gala, and ultimately provide all students in Los Angeles with the high-quality education they deserve.

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February 19, 2016

6th Annual Parent College Family University Day - February 27, 2016

Join the Partnership for Parent College University Day on Saturday, February 27 at Cal State University Dominguez Hills!

Each year the Partnership hosts its Annual Parent College Family University Day to make college more accessible to the thousands of families it serves in some of the city's highest-needs communities. Through campus tours, workshops and a college student panel, Family University Day aims to remove barriers by exposing families to college life to make college a reality for many. The trip is free and open to all LA-area parents. Transportation and lunch is also provided.

Saturday Feb. 27, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. General Assembly will be held at 9 a.m. in the Student Center.  

Cal Sate Dominguez Hills, Student Center, 1000 E. Victoria St., Carson, CA 90747

For more information, contact Ms. Cara Onofre, or 213-201-2000 ext. 203


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January 04, 2016

Guest Column: “You Are Beautiful” Campaign Uplifts Roosevelt Campus

Ten years ago, artist Matthew Hoffman decided to create a positive self-affirming message, “You Are Beautiful,”and spread that message globally by using small two-inch stickers. Theodore Roosevelt High School and Math, Science and Technology Magnet Academy at Roosevelt (MSTMA) students adopted Hoffman’s concept by hosting a weeklong “You Are Beautiful” celebration from November 16th through the 20th.

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January 04, 2016

Introducing the Lundquist Fellows Class of 2015-16!

This month, we announced the Partnership’s highly anticipated Lundquist Fellows class of 2015-16! A total of 22 students from across the Partnership’s middle and high schools were selected after a competitive interview process. The Richard and Melanie Lundquist Fellows Program launched in 2010 to identify and develop promising young leaders who have already demonstrated leadership, and commitment to their school, education and communities.


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January 04, 2016

Education Spotlight: Emily Grijalva, English Teacher, Mendez High School

On a brisk Saturday morning, Emily Grijalva beamed with pride as her student, Metztli Garcia, explained her project. Garcia’s work is part of a photography exhibit organized by Las Fotos Project, a local arts organization that empowers young girls through photography and self-expression. The exhibit titled, “Home” is currently on display at Self-Help Graphics, a community arts center located across the street from Mendez High School, where Ms. Grijalva is an English teacher. Moments like these bring her teaching philosophy to life: “education should always extend itself beyond the classroom and into the community.” 

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December 17, 2015

Graduation Rate for Partnership for LA Schools More Than Doubles to 77%

The Partnership for Los Angeles Schools today announced that according to data released by the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), its network graduation rate has more than doubled since its founding in 2008 from 36% to 77%.  This represents a 7-point increase from the previous year and a 41-point increase over the network’s seven-year history. 

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November 19, 2015

Educator Spotlight: Mr. Jose Lara, Social Justice Educator & Dean, Santee Ed Complex

During his first few years at Santee Education Complex, where he began his teaching career 10 years ago, Mr. Jose Lara frequently asked himself, "What have I done?!" Undeterred, Mr. Lara decided to fight back, arming students with lessons from their past to create common ground and quell tensions on campus. His passion for ethnic studies recently earned him the NEA's "2015 Social Justice Activist of the Year Award."
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