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.