District Leaders Commend $35 Million Commitment To the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools

LOS ANGELES (Jan. 19, 2018) - L.A. Unified today congratulated the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools for a renewed financial commitment of $35 million from philanthropists Richard and Melanie Lundquist, which will enable the nonprofit organization to continue its work on behalf of District students.

Over the last decade, the Partnership has expanded to 18 schools in Boyle Heights, South Los Angeles and Watts, where it uses its philanthropic investments to accelerate student achievement.

“On behalf of the students and families of Los Angeles, I want to thank the Lundquists for their extraordinary generosity and unwavering commitment to our communities,” said Interim Superintendent Vivian Ekchian. “We are also grateful to the leadership and staff of the Partnership for their expertise and dedication to student success. L.A. Unified and the Partnership have worked shoulder-to-shoulder to help countless students excel academically and climb closer to their dreams.”

“Melanie and Richard Lundquist are amazing role models that have generosity, optimism, and high expectations for every L.A. Unified graduate,” said School Board President Mónica García. “The Partnership reflects the absolute best of collaboration, innovation and the courage to do what is best for our students. We are ever grateful to each leader who helped initiate this effort, including Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, and pleased to continue strengthening this model for equity and adequacy in California and across this nation.”

“We are all so grateful for the unwavering dedication of the Lundquist family to improving student outcomes in L.A. Unified, and I am especially thankful as I started my teaching career in a Partnership school,” said School Board Vice President Nick Melvoin. “This renewed financial commitment – the second-largest gift to a school district in the nation’s history – marks a true investment in our public schools so that together we can realize the unlimited potential of all our students.”

“Richard and Melanie Lundquist demonstrate an exemplary commitment to our students with the greatest need,” said School Board Member Dr. Ref Rodriguez. “Our relationship with the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools is an indispensable component in closing achievement gaps and bringing students closer to success in college, career and life. We are profoundly grateful for their incredible service.”

“The Partnership shows how collaboration and dedication can make a difference in the lives of students and families,” said School Board Member Kelly Gonez. “This $35 million investment in our schools will help our students achieve their dreams. It’s exactly these kinds of collaborative partnerships that I’d like to see grow throughout the District.”

“I want to celebrate the work of Richard and Melanie Lundquist,” said School Board Member Dr. Richard Vladovic. “They are true selfless heroes who have been so generous with their time and financial support. As always, we are appreciative of the work the Partnership has made for our students, their tireless advocacy for their needs, and of the continuation of a great partnership. Again, without the involvement of our two heroes, the Partnership would not have been able to reach their achievements in such a short amount of time.”

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