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LAUSD Grad Rates Surge

LAUSD Graduation Rate GraphLAUSD Graduation Surges Despite Increased Requirements


In 2016, LAUSD achieved its largest one-year increase in high school graduation - five percentage points - to 77%.  (See Figure 1 below)


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L.A. Compact Signing Ceremony


L.A. Compact Signers

LAUSD and UTLA leadership enter into a bold partnership

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L.A.'s college Promise Kick-Off

1 Free year of Community College Promised to LAUSD Graduates



The L.A. College Promise officially kicked-off with a public celebration at Los Angeles City College on September 14, 2016 that featured Dr. Jill Biden, Second Lady of the United States and Honorary Chair of President Obama’s national College Promise Campaign who stresses that the L.A. College Promise is not a “one-way street.”  She spoke directly to students in the audience and explained that if they benefit from the L.A. College Promise, they must also give back to their communities once they graduate.  

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My design specs for 21st Century L.A. Schools

By Charles Taylor Kerchner on September 15, 2016

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Charles Taylor Kerchner


What I call Learning about building a learning infrastructure that is available to every student, public or private, charter or district, extending the schoolhouse into the community and into the home.

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LAUSD & LACCD Executive Roundtable


Los Angeles K-12 and higher education leaders plan for collaboration around the L.A. College Promise and other joint college access priorities


On July 21, senior leaders from the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) and the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) came together at the LAUSD-LACCD Executive Roundtable to discuss the L.A. College Promise and other shared priorities related to expanding college access for L.A. youth. Announced by Mayor Eric Garcetti in April during his annual State of the City address, the L.A. College Promise(Promise) is a landmark initiative that will provide one year of free community college tuition to LAUSD high school graduates who enroll at LACCD campuses, beginning with the Class of 2017. The Mayor’s Office has since established a committee of government, school district, community college, business, and philanthropic leaders to help develop and oversee the initiative.


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LAUSD Preschools Not At Full Capacity

Chronic Absence Equals Big Money

 Debra Duardo, Executive Director Student Health and Human Services

Reducing kindergarten chronic absence can help solve LAUSD's money problems


A recent article from LA School Report highlights that chronic absence costs the District $139 million annually.  Debra Duardo, Executive Director of Student Health and Human Services says, “Attendance is our strongest revenue generator–90 percent of the money generated in this district is based on the students coming to the school every single day.” 


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Congratulations Michelle King


We commend the LAUSD board of education on the collaborative spirit of the Superintendent selection process and we are delighted with its result.


“The board conducted a thoughtful and exhaustive nationwide search, and we are confident that the selection of Michelle King represents their best judgment. She possesses the experience, talent and dedication needed to lead this district. We look forward to collaborating with King as we strive to ensure all students graduate from high school college-and-career-ready,” said David Rattray, president of UNITE-LA, which convenes the L.A. Compact.

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California Community College Press Release

Streamlined transfer pathway guarantees admission to California State University

Originally posted by
California Community Colleges
December 10, 2015

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Associate Degree for Transfer program, a joint venture between the California Community Colleges and the California State Universities (CSU) systems, is showing rapid and marked success as it continues to grow. The number of degrees awarded through the program in 2014-2015 is nearly double the number of degrees awarded the year before.

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Mayor Garcetti Announces P3 Grant Award


Mayor Garcetti Announces Federal Designation

$700,000 Grant to Assist Disconnected Youth

Originally Posted by 
Mayor Garcetti  
October 29, 2015

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Mayor Eric Garcetti today announced that the Obama Administration has selected Los Angeles as a Performance Partnership Pilot for Disconnected Youth (P3), a designation that allows local and state governments to pilot improved ways of assisting disconnected youth with federal dollars.

Performance Partnership Pilot status gives agencies added flexibility in the use of discretionary funds across multiple federal programs. The designation comes with a $700,000 grant to fund a planning effort — led by the city’s Economic & Workforce Development Department — that will bring together local and federal agencies to provide wraparound services to improve education, employment, and social outcomes for youth with a history of homelessness, chronic school absenteeism, or involvement in the criminal justice system.

“There are few things more meaningful or impactful than giving young people new opportunities to achieve and second chances to succeed,” said Mayor Garcetti. “The Performance Partnership Pilot will enable L.A. to show the nation how we can strengthen service delivery to our most vulnerable youth — through stronger partnerships, and by breaking down jurisdictional boundaries.”

The multi-agency partnership will map out ways to bolster collaboration between the Economic & Workforce Development Department, the Los Angeles Unified School District, the Los Angeles Community College District, and Los Angeles County.

“LAUSD is proud to partner to bring essential services to the youth that need them the most,” said LAUSD Board President Steve Zimmer. “Allowing increased flexibility will ensure that more young people are reached and that they are better served.” 

“I want to applaud Mayor Garcetti and the City for taking the lead on this important program,” said Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl. “Disconnected youth will benefit greatly from the kind of supportive teams made possible through this innovative collaboration between City, County, and LAUSD.”

In addition to enhancing local partnerships, six federal agencies — the U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Justice Department, as well as the Corporation for National and Community Services and the Institute of Museum and Library Services — are committed to working with Los Angeles officials to align resources, provide waivers, and help identify new opportunities to improve service delivery outcomes to disconnected youth.

The effort to secure P3 status for L.A. resulted from the City’s engagement with President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative. It was also supported by LA n Sync, founded by the Annenberg Foundation, which provided technical assistance in the application process and helped assemble various sectors to help pursue the opportunity.

“We are confident that this award will have a tremendously positive impact on our region’s most disenfranchised youth,” said Annenberg Foundation Executive Director Cinny Kennard.







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