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California's Proposition 13 could spur innovative public schools and save lives



By David Rattray, David Gordon, Bruce Fuller, Special to CalMatters


This Op-Ed was originally published as Guest Commentary in CalMatters on February 26, 2020


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CA Dream for ALL


newsom252.jpgSonia Campos Rivera, VP of Public Policy and Public Affairs, responds to governor's budget proposal



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40 Under 40 Honors Juana Hernandez



Congratulations to Juana Hernandez as she is honored for her work leading higher education initiatives through the L.A. Compact


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We Choose ALL Forum


wechoosealllogotile.jpgUNITE-LA unveils "We Choose ALL" book



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Mayor Kicks Off HIRE-LA 2018

hirelalaunch2018.jpgL.A. Youth at Work joins Mayor Garcetti as he kicks off this summer's HIRE LA's Youth Program



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Local Partners Organize DACA Resources


DACA Resources ConveningOn January 26, 2017, a DACA/CA Dream Act training for school counselors and college access providers at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels was hosted in partnership with the Southern California College Access Network (SoCal CAN), LAUSD, and the California Community Foundation.

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UNITE-LA Receives Prestigious Award


David Rattray, President, UNITE-LAUNITE-LA congratulates our President, David Rattray, on being named a Linked Learning Alliance 2017 Champion Award winner.

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L.A.'s College Promise Kick-Off

1 Free year of Community College Promised to LAUSD Graduates



The L.A. College Promise officially kicked-off with a public celebration at Los Angeles City College on September 14, 2016 that featured Dr. Jill Biden, Second Lady of the United States and Honorary Chair of President Obama’s national College Promise Campaign who stresses that the L.A. College Promise is not a “one-way street.”  She spoke directly to students in the audience and explained that if they benefit from the L.A. College Promise, they must also give back to their communities once they graduate.  

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School Accountability System Approved


School Accountability

State Board of Education Approves New Groundbreaking School Accountability System

By David Rattray

A recent editorial gave a critical review of the upcoming changes to the Los Angeles public school accountability system. I believe it is an unfair look at a very promising tool.

Instead of a single score number under the old system, the new model will use a variety of measures that rate overall school and district performance. Imagine your car’s dashboard – a clear indicator of all items that will make your car run smoothly and safely. Likewise, this dashboard for schools will allow individuals to see the complete picture of a school and make determinations based on what matters to them. 

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