UNITE-LA commends the LAUSD board of education on the collaborative spirit of the Superintendent selection process and we are delighted with its result.
The board conducted a thoughtful and exhaustive nationwide search, and we are confident that the selection of Michelle King represents their best judgment. She possesses the experience, talent and dedication needed to lead this district. We look forward to collaborating with King as we strive to ensure all students graduate from high school college-and-career-ready.Read more
President Obama Signs the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)
In an amazing way to end the year, President Obama signs the bipartisan bill, easily passed by the Senate and the House, replacing the No Child Left Behind legislation of 2002.Read more
Testing element remains in replacement bill
The House has voted overwhelmingly to sharply scale back the federal role in American education. But the legislation would retain the testing requirement in the 2002 No Child Left Behind law that many parents, teachers and school districts abhor.
The Citi Foundation and America's Promise Alliance selected 12 nonprofit organizations as recipients of the Youth Opportunity Fund
"The future competitiveness of America's cities hinges on the positive economic outcomes of our young people," said Brandee McHale, President of the Citi Foundation. "We launched the Youth Opportunity Fund to support the innovative work of community partners who are helping low-income youth create the on-ramps that will lead towards career success."
"Partnerships, like those with the Citi Foundation and America's Promise Alliance with Youth Opportunity Fund organizations, will allow cities to connect even more of our most vulnerable young people to skills training, work experience and first-time paychecks," said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. "These opportunities will not only help put youth on a path to success but also benefit their families, our communities and our local economies."
State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Torlakson, unveils a new Road Map for Education
A Blueprint for Great Schools Version 2.0 builds on the groundbreaking 2011 report A Blueprint for Great Schools, which helped usher in a new era in California schools that has included major increases in funding, more rigorous state academic standards, online student assessment testing, and greater support for the students and schools with the most needs.Read more
Lumina Foundation’s community-based postsecondary education attainment strategy is designed to help communities and regions dramatically increase the number of local residents with postsecondary credentials.
“Research shows a direct correlation between thriving cities and education beyond high school,” said Jamie Merisotis, Lumina’s president and CEO. “Increased attainment delivers stronger local economies, greater individual earning power and better quality of life. Every community in America wants that, and we’ve designed this work to give civic leaders the tools they need to be successful.”