L.A. Unified Calls on California to Fully Fund Education

LOS ANGELES (Oct. 11, 2017) – Today, L.A. Unified Board Members and Acting Superintendent Vivian
Ekchian shared the following words in support of a Kids First agenda both locally and statewide,
with regards to the mobilizations across the district.
 
“Education interrupts poverty, improves our communities, and provides pathways for college and
career success,” said School Board President Mónica García. “We are proud of the educators that are
standing with us in the fight to demand more for the children of Los Angeles. We must do more. We
will do more. We will reach 100 percent graduation, together.”
 
L.A. Unified has been at the forefront of providing Kids First conditions to create the best
environments to work and learn.
 
“As a former L.A. Unified teacher, I saw firsthand that we have some of the best educators in the
country,” said Board Vice President Nick Melvoin. “I look forward to working with my colleagues,
all school employees, and parents to ensure that we attract, retain, support, and develop our
talent. I call on the state to fully fund public education so that we can make L.A. Unified the
most desirable school district to work in nationwide.”
 
At the most recent Board of Education meeting, members unanimously voted to submit an amicus brief
in support of the University of California and State of California’s lawsuits against the
rescission of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
 
"I remain committed to ensure that the district makes choices that will increase student
achievement," said Board Member Dr. Ref Rodriguez, noting the actions at the board to advocate,
support, and defend immigrant youth and families to provide education to all youth regardless of
immigration status. "I will also continue to fight for investments that benefit vulnerable
populations like our English Learners and immigrant families.”
 
California ranks among the lowest states in the nation for per-pupil funding and board members will
call on Sacramento for a greater investment toward financial stabilization.
 
“California has lagged behind other states in per pupil funding for far too long. As a former
teacher, I know our schools need more investment to give all of our students a great public
Los Angeles Unified School District education,” said Board Member Kelly Gonez. “I'll be putting forward a resolution at the next board meeting that calls for the state to dramatically raise our per-pupil funding so L.A. Unified  has the highest of any urban district in the country."
 
L.A. Unified has had record-breaking graduation rates in partnership with students, families,
employees, and community stakeholders. Through various strategies and focused investments, the
District’s Class of 2017 has a preliminary graduation rate of 80 percent.
 
"We look forward to working with our partners to find the most creative ways to commit our limited
resources to meet the needs of all students," said Acting Superintendent Ekchian.
 
The Board of Education sees student achievement in Los Angeles as the greatest focal point in their
Kids First agenda.
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Contacts:

Isidro Armenta, (213) 400-5075

Ally Salvaria, (213) 241-6387

Shannon Haber, (213) 241-6766