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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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.

Statement In Response to the Deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery

The recent deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, along with countless others who have lost their lives because of the fatal disparities and injustices that people of color face in America, are a heartbreaking and infuriating reminder of the long-standing impact of systemic and institutional racism that plagues our country. We, the...

Senior at Santee Education Complex Overcomes Obstacles to Graduate

On May 26, 2020, Sandy Banks of the LA Times published a heartwarming column about Keith Wallick, graduating senior from Santee Education Complex, who has overcome obstacles including homelessness to graduate. Keith is a talented young artist who has accepted an offer to the Art Academy of Cincinnati with a scholarship. The column also highlights...

Punctuated Equilibrium: A Conversation About How to Move Forward in Public Education

On May 26, 2020, national education leaders explored the idea of punctuated equilibrium in education and how this moment of rapid change prompts us to examine what we are learning in the wake of the spread of COVID-19. Panelists discussed what we’re learning, how we address issues of equity and access, and how we seize...

CNN features Partnership students and teachers in “Class of 2020: In This Together”

On May 16, 2020, CNN featured two Partnership students, along with their most inspirational teachers, during its “Class of 2020: In This Together” segment. The students and teachers from Santee Education Complex and Roosevelt High School briefly shared success stories. Learn more about each below. Keith Wallick is a graduating senior at Santee Education Complex. Learn...

Equity and Justice Alert: Bridging LA’s Digital Divide

Increasing Access to WiFi and Technology for Low-Income Communities and Communities of Color On April 22, 2020, we published a research brief entitled “Bridging LA’s Digital Divide: Increasing Access to WiFi and Technology for Low-Income Communities and Communities of Color,” which highlights the lack of digital devices and internet access in low-income communities like Watts,...

Equity and Justice Alert: UC and CSU Must Extend Deadlines to Support Marginalized Students

Amidst the many challenges facing our students during this time, we are deeply concerned about our high school seniors who are planning to go to college. Students in our communities already face many challenges on the path to a college degree, but we fear that the COVID-19 health crisis will further exacerbate equity gaps in...