March 14, 2019
Dear friends and partners,
Less than two weeks after the Board approved a local parcel tax measure to go before voters on June 4, our efforts to provide all LA Unified students, families, and employees with the resources necessary for a high-quality education continue this week in our nation’s capital. I am joined by district and city representatives from all over Los Angeles for this year’s Access DC conference, where we are lobbying Congress for the funding and services our communities need—including full Title I, Title II, and IDEA funding to support our most under-served students.
California ranks near the bottom nationally in per-pupil funding, and more than 80% of LA Unified students are living in poverty. We need to pursue local, statewide, and national strategies to increase education funding, while simultaneously working to maximize the effectiveness of the dollars we do have. That’s putting kids first.
In the News: Highlights from the Classroom to the Boardroom
LA Unified offers SAT to high school juniors district-wide for free 
Student Spotlights: Rams participate in Paseo del Rey awards & University High showcases "jazzy" performers
Congrats to Heaven & Ms. Wawerchak of Paseo del Rey, who were named CBS/LA Rams Student & Teacher of the Month!
The University High All Star Jazz Choir put on an amazing show at LA Unified's "All in for Public Education" event!
LA Unified Convenes at the Capitol to lobby Congress for our kids! 
A big thank you to everyone involved with organizing the 2019 Access DC conference, and to all the incredible Congressional leaders we met with! Photographed: Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27), Rep. Jimmy Gomez (CA-34), Rep. Ted Leiu (CA-33), Rep. Katie Hill (CA-25) 
Oh, the Places You'll Go!: We celebrated Read Across America Week by sharing a Dr. Seuss favorite and discussing the joys of reading with students at Palisades ES
Scouts Honor: I met with a troop of Boy Scouts from my district who were eager to learn more about local government and the role of one of their elected representatives
Building Blocks of Education: I joined the Stanley Mosk ES LEGO Symposium to get a hands-on lesson in innovative education strategies
Coffee and Conversation: I met with parents and participated in an IB activity at this month's Short Ave ES "Coffee with the Principal"
We're All In!: I was so proud to hear Bryan, one of our fantastic former interns and Student Body President at Jefferson HS, speak at LA Unified's "All In for Public Education" event
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