A sold-out crowd of more than 1,200 key local and national leaders from the public, private and nonprofit sectors gathered at the L.A. Convention Center on Wednesday for a momentous Education Summit featuring Mayors Antonio Villaraigosa, Rahm Emanuel and Cory Booker. (Please click here for photos and an event recap).
The day brought forth robust ideas, conversations and panel discussions about parent engagement, business partnerships,teacher effectiveness, public school funding and fiscal accountability. But despite the variety of complex issues that were debated, the primary message was that we must work together to put the interests of our students first. As one of the panelists, Casey Wasserman, President and CEO, Wasserman Foundation stated, "Access to a high quality education is not a privilege but a right."
I think I can speak for everyone who attended the Summit when I say that each of us plays a role in making our schools work. We can't just worry about our own child's school, we have to understand the system and we have to change that system so it works for every child in Los Angeles County.
Please take action on behalf of our students by casting your vote in the Mayoral and School Board elections on Tuesday, March 5 and visiting unitedwayla.org for several more ways to make a difference in a student's life!
For a closer look at the Summit please check out the LA Times and Daily News coverage and be sure to watch the videos of the L.A. Mayoral Candidates Forum and the Education Mayors Panel Discussion tomorrow on our YouTube Channel.
President & CEO, United Way of Greater Los Angeles
Community Partner of LAUSD