The Latest News

Keep in touch with the Partnership, meet our inspiring students and families, and check out our latest news posts. See below for articles and news releases about us. To contact our Communications staff, email cathy.kralik@partnershipla.org or claudia.sandoval@partnershipla.org.

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LA Times Features Our Jordan High Graduate, Pilar Diaz Bombino

On June 26, 2021, LA Times Columnist Steve Lopez wrote, “She became a citizen one day and graduated near the top of her high school class the next.” The story highlights Pilar Diaz Bombino, a recent graduate of Jordan High School, one of 19 schools in the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools’ network. Pilar emigrated...

Bringing Broadband Home: How School Districts Can Help Connect Students With High-Speed Internet Now

In June 2021, we published our third equity alert focused on the digital divide, entitled, “Bringing Broadband Home: How School Districts Can Help Connect Students With High-Speed Internet Now.” In this brief, we highlight the important role school districts can play and outline eight actions school districts can take now to ensure all students have...

More Than A Dream: Using “Best Fit” College Advising To Help Students Of Color Succeed

“I’m going to follow my dreams. I’m going to go to USC, graduate, and move on. People will try to bring me down, but I’m gonna keep on fighting and stay up and accomplish my dreams.” – Jayce, 5th Grader in Boyle Heights In May, as high school seniors make decisions about enrolling in college, the...

2020 Lundquist Courageous Teacher Awards

On March 24, 2021, the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools held its fourth annual Lundquist Courageous Teacher Awards, a virtual ceremony celebrating the outstanding work of all teachers in our network. You can view the complete awards program featuring students, teachers, and school leaders here! You can also find individual videos below. Joan Sullivan, CEO,...

Partnership Graduation Rate Rises by Seven Percentage Points

In the school year 2019-20, the Partnership graduation rates increased seven percentage points from last year to 87%, an all-time high for us. By comparison, the state of California’s 2020 graduation rate is 84%, down from 85% in 2019. LA Unified’s 2020 graduation rate is 80%, up two percentage points from the previous year. The...

Worth It: Eight Ways to Prioritize Equity in LA Unified’s Budget

On January 19, 2021, we published our third funding policy report entitled, “Worth It: Eight Ways to Prioritize Equity in LA Unified’s Budget.” Investing in our students is worth it and we have developed several funding recommendations for LA Unified to help level the playing field for high-need schools through 2024. Our policy brief focuses...

Over 40 Organizations Call on LA City and County Leaders to Address Digital Inequities

In early November, we joined over 40 organizations to call on all Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in the City and County of Los Angeles to address digital inequities in our city’s under-resourced neighborhoods. These organizations, who represent 250,000 students, also called for the LA City Mayor, City Council, and County Board of Supervisors to pressure...

Listening to Learn: What Los Angeles Families Say They Need During Distance Learning

In July 2020, the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools and researchers from the University of Southern California (USC) partnered to conduct a survey of more than 1,100 Los Angeles Unified School District families. The survey was instrumental to our newly published brief, “Listening to Learn: What Los Angeles Families Say They Need During Distance Learning,”...

A Conversation with Pulitzer Prize winner Nikole Hannah-Jones: The Instersection of Race and Public Education

On August 26, 2020, the Partnership hosted a webinar that featured Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones, creator of The 1619 Project. This conversation with educators focused on the dual pandemics of COVID-19 and 400+ years of anti-Black racism and oppression. Ryan Smith, Chief External Officer at the Partnership, moderated the panel which included Nikole Hannah-Jones;...

Partnership and over 50 Organizations Call for Action on Specific Recommendations to Close the Digital Divide

On August 20, 2020, the Partnership joined more than 50 social justice and education equity organizations to urge state leaders to take action on policy recommendations to close the digital divide. Read more here.