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Jordan High School Receives Donation from LA Rams

As part of its “Cleats for Character Tour”, the Los Angeles Rams visited Jordan High School on February 5, 2020, to donate brand new cleats to the entire football team. During the event, LA Rams representatives spoke about their career journeys and moments of success and perseverance. This event was a great way to celebrate...

Partnership Leader Shares Comments About CA Governor’s Budget Proposal

On January 15, 2020, EdSource published “California Voices: Education leaders speak out on Gov. Newsom’s budget proposals.” In it, the Partnership’s Chief External Officer, Ryan Smith joined other leaders in providing comments to the Governor’s budget proposal, especially as it pertains to public education and how there is more work to be done. Read more...

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...

The Partnership Makes the LA School Report’s Top 10 of 2019 

To start the new year, the LA School Report created a round-up of its top 2019 articles. The news outlet referenced an article in which the Partnership’s policy paper – “Beneath the Surface: Ensuring LA schools have equitable access to educators” – is highlighted as a memorable education resource. Check out the Top 10 here.

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...