On Feb. 4, the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education unanimously adopted a resolution declaring Feb. 24-28 Public Schools Week.
The resolution also calls for L.A. Unified to continue advocating for increased funding to help accelerate achievement for students in the nation’s second-largest school district.
“I am a product of public schools, and my great public education provided the foundation for all that has come since,” Superintendent Austin Beutner said. “Our job is to make sure all students get a great education.”
Board Member Scott Schmerelson, who sponsored the resolution, highlighted the role of public schools in teaching students to think critically, solve problems and build relationships.
“A well-supported public education is the foundation for assuring well-educated and well-rounded students,” Schmerelson said. “If school districts are held accountable for preparing current and future generations of citizens, then we must hold our publicly elected leaders in Sacramento accountable for strengthening our school systems through increased accountability, funding and transparency for our public schools.”
The resolution was co-sponsored by all the other members of the board.
“Public education is the basis upon which a well-functioning democracy and 21st-century workforce is built,” Board Member Nick Melvoin said. “This Public Schools Week, I hope we can celebrate the many thriving programs we have throughout Los Angeles Unified, while continuing our efforts to expand access to high-quality public education so that every child has the opportunity to succeed.”
“Successful public schools are the foundation to a successful community and democratic society,” Board Member Kelly Gonez said. “I hope we take this time to celebrate the many ways Los Angeles Unified schools help our students grow – including in English and math, but also in music, visual arts, performing arts, athletics, technology and so many other wonderful programs. These programs support the whole child and ensure each student graduates ready for success in college, career and life.”
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