Our number one priority must be to ensure that high quality instruction and learning are taking place in all Los Angeles public school classrooms. Using data, we must develop a multi-tiered system of instruction and support during the regular school day for all students, ranging from those at-risk for failure to those needing extended learning opportunities.
Strong leadership among all school stakeholders – administrators, teachers, students, classified staff and parents – is essential for effectively managing schools.
The District’s current structure prevents individual schools from making decisions about what is best for students. Greater school site flexibility and control over resources – with accountability for results – will improve performance. Likewise, smaller schools and personalized learning environments facilitate better decision-making and learning.
Los Angeles is currently home to many outstanding schools that are setting a gold standard for excellence. These schools should be understood and their practices replicated, allowing more students and families to benefit.
All Los Angeles public schools, as well as L.A. Compact public leaders, community colleges and universities, must be held to new and more transparent levels of responsibility for student success, and develop ways to learn from previous experiences regarding accelerating student achievement.
Los Angeles would benefit from having “one voice” when advocating at the state and federal level on issues benefiting young people in our region.
Education and business leaders must work together to better prepare current students, high school graduates and drop outs for relevant careers and positions in the 21st Century workforce.
To be successful, families and communities must be an integral part of a student’s education, and students must feel safe, secure and supported in order to learn and succeed.