Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent Austin Beutner has announced plans to provide more resources to schools and improve student learning.
The initiative aims to develop a plan to move resources and decision-making from the bureaucracy to schools, to empower school leaders and teachers, and more equitably fund schools. The input of students, parents and community members, as well as teachers and school leaders, will be sought to identify needs.
LAUSD will engage two firms, Kitamba and Ernst & Young, to help in the effort. Additionally, former Los Angeles County Supervisor and L.A. City Councilman Zev Yaroslavsky will join former L.A. Chief Administrative Officer Miguel Santana and ECMC Foundation president Peter Taylor in working with Beutner on the plan. Deputy LAUSD Superintendent Vivian Ekchian will lead the effort internally.
“This is about empowering and supporting our school leaders and teachers, providing the resources needed to improve student learning and crafting a path to increased parent and community participation in schools,” Beutner said. “We are grateful for the support of the philanthropic community and the civic leaders who are involved in improving public education in Los Angeles.”
“I’m excited about working with the greater Los Angeles community to ensure that every student receives an education that prepares them for the economy and society of the future,” Yaroslavsky added. “A thriving public education system is vital to the health and success of our communities and our cities.”
Yaroslavsky is currently the director of the Los Angeles Initiative at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs and the Department of History. Santana is president and CEO of Fairplex and has close to three decades of experience managing municipal finances. Taylor is the president of ECMC Foundation, a national entity that makes investments in postsecondary programs and initiatives focusing on college success and career readiness.
The work of Kitamba and Ernst & Young is being funded by the Fund for Equity and Excellence, which was recently formed to help support public education in Los Angeles. For information, visit lausd.net.
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