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2020 Predictions with EdSource’s John Fensterwald and the Partnership’s Ryan Smith

On January 3, 2020, John Fensterwald of EdSource debated predictions for big events in California education in 2020 with Ryan Smith, Chief External Officer at the Partnership for LA Schools. Listen as they discuss the prospects of a $15 billion school construction bond in March; whether 2020 will see added attention to strengthening the teacher...

Ninety-Ninth Street Elementary Students Sing with Kelly Clarkson

On December 19, 2019, students from 99th Street Elementary School joined Kelly Clarkson on The Kelly Clarkson Show. Our scholars sang back up for Kelly’s new song, “Christmas Eve.” See their performance here. They were also surprised by special guest, Jennifer Hudson. See their reactions here.

The Evolution of “Willful Defiance” in LA Unified Schools

On December 13, 2019, EdSource published an article that discusses the positive impact LA Unified schools have seen after banning “willful defiance” suspensions. After six years of implementing a new policy, LA Unified says that they have seen an improvement in schools’ cultures and a 75% decrease in suspensions. California has also taken measures. Governor Gavin...

We Stand With DACA Recipients Because Home Is Here!

This week, families across the nation showed their strength and resilience as they rose to take a stand in support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. This is particularly important to us at the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools because the LA region is home to the largest number of DACA recipients...

Partnership for Los Angeles Schools’ Network Demonstrates Impressive Growth in California’s Smarter Balanced Test Results and Continues to Narrow the Achievement Gap

October 9, 2019 LOS ANGELES – Today’s California Department of Education (CDE) report on the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (commonly known as Smarter Balanced or SBAC) results show that for the 2018-19 school year, the percentage of students in the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools’ (the Partnership) network meeting or exceeding English...

Partnership and LA Unified Board Member Gonez Oppose Proposed HUD Rule

This week, LA Unified Board Member Kelly Gonez and Partnership CEO Joan Sullivan co-authored an op-ed published in The Hill. The opinion piece reinforces a message sent by the Partnership in June that the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) proposed federal housing rule would eliminate housing stability for thousands of students. The proposed...

Coalition of 60 Groups Urges LA and CA to Double Down on K-12 Equity

Like California’s recent college admissions scandals demonstrate, privilege and power afford some the ability to enter a “side door” to access education while many of our state’s underserved students remain unfairly locked out of the front entrance. Sixty civil rights, education, community-based, and faith-based organizations have penned a letter to Governor Newsom and Los Angeles...

Santee Principal Receives Hispanic Heritage Month Award

On Sunday, September 15, 2019, Santee Education Complex Principal Susana Ansley-Gutierrez received the Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award from the Los Angeles Rams. The National Football League (NFL), Hispanic Heritage Foundation, and Nationwide partnered for their ninth annual NFL Hispanic Heritage Leadership Awards. The awards recognize the outstanding leadership of each awardee within each local NFL...

Civil Rights Activist Dolores Huerta Energizes at 10-Year Anniversary of Huerta Elementary

On Saturday, September 7, 2019, over 300 people celebrated the 10th Anniversary of Dolores Huerta Elementary School in South LA! The event featured Civil Rights Activist and Community Organizer Dolores Huerta, who delivered an inspiring keynote address and spoke at length with families and students. Special thanks to school staff; students and families; partners; and...

20th Street Elementary and the Partnership Profiled in KPCC and LAist

On August 23, Education Reporter Kyle Stokes published an extensive feature about 20th Street Elementary School’s academic progress in KPCC and LAist. Learn how 20th Street has been transformed in this two-part KPCC series featuring teachers and parents (listen to audio below). Congratulations to Principal Mario Garcielita, the entire school staff and all 20th Street parents...