Authored by newly-elected Board President Dr. Ref Rodriguez, the “L.A. Unified Learning, Leading and Succeeding for Students” resolution calls for Superintendent Dr. Michelle King, working in partnership with the board, to evaluate – as its utmost priority – the impact that any action, resolution, policy or contract would have on student achievement.
“Our greatest natural resource is our young people, and our greatest gift to them is a quality public education,” Rodriguez said. “As a board, we must stand united as seven leaders who care deeply about education and have the expertise to steer this district to a place where exceptional educational achievement is standard across L.A. Unified.”
The resolution focuses on five critical areas in order to improve student achievement: (1) prioritizing students in any board action; (2) partnering with parents; (3) investing in teachers; (4) verifying that schools and classrooms are “ready to learn” for the first day of school; and (5) prioritizing fiscal health through innovative strategies that put students first.
“It is a new day with the “Kids First” agenda leading the way,” said Board Vice President Mónica García. “We must accelerate the pace of learning and success, until we get to every child in every school.”
While L.A. Unified has made progress in increasing the graduation rate and student achievement, the board and superintendent acknowledge there is a great deal of work to be done. During the 2015-16 school year, 77 percent of students graduated, 39 percent of students met or exceeded standards in English Language Arts, and 29 percent met or exceeded standards in math.
“This is the emergence of a new paradigm,” said Board Member Nick Melvoin. “It's about a coalition that arose to implore us to lead with a simple, yet radical maxim: put kids first."
"I support this resolution, because it declares the board’s values in putting kids first, partnering with parents and supporting teachers,” said Board Member Kelly Gonez. “As new members – like myself – join the board, this is an opportunity to reaffirm our commitment to putting kids first and taking concrete steps towards ensuring every student gets a great public education."
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