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April 2, 2018
Friends and partners, 
As L.A. Unified returns from spring break, we have been hard at work—we marched for school safety, took our message to Washington, D.C. (and got some wins in the new budget), and engaged parents, students, teachers, advocates, and other community members in forums on accountability, unified enrollment, and the search for new district leadership, to name a few.
The Board recently passed my “Safe Schools” resolution, and next week we will vote on a resolution I am co-sponsoring to develop a school performance framework that would provide a consistent, reliable rating system for all our schools. My previously passed “Open Data” initiative and “TECH app” are underway and will go live in the coming months.   
I hope you are all enjoying the first weeks of spring. Even if L.A.’s weather patterns resist the poetic symbolism of changing seasons, we Angelenos are not immune to the revitalizing energy of spring’s cusp. I am excited to continue working together toward a more transparent and accountable District. By engaging members of the community as partners, I believe that we can make more knowledgeable and effective choices that put kids first.
With gratitude,
Read on for more about our recent and upcoming community conversations, including a recent assembly with two Parkland students and an upcoming “Safe Schools” panel with the City Attorney. If you haven’t yet, I hope you will join me at one soon!
Priorities in Practice: Highlights from the Board
Headspace for All: I am thrilled to announce that we have secured a free Headspace subscription for all L.A. Unified employees. This mindfulness app can help all our employees practice some self-care while working hard for our kids. I even visited a teacher recently using her subscription to practice meditation with the whole class! 
Plus: Check out all the projects and funding we’ve started this year in BD4!
Leading and Listening: Parents, Teachers, Students, and Advocates Give Input and Insight in Community Conversations 
I had the chance to participate in a powerful event with two survivors of the Parkland shooting. I was inspired by these students' strength, and I reiterated that L.A. Unified’s leaders have their back.
I recently held the first of many BD4 forums to get community members' feedback on their visions, hopes, and challenges for our public schools. Click here to R.S.V.P. to a forum near you!
As we search for L.A. Unified's next superintendent, I have held several listening sessions with parents, teachers, school leaders, and community organizations, to better understand the values they look for in a leader. If you have feedback to share, please email me.
I have joined several groups of parents to discuss enrollment options, parent empowerment, and educational equity. I am excited to continue these conversations and to work toward greater, easier access to school information and simpler unified enrollment.
BD4 School Spot-L.I.G.H.T.S.
Photo credit: Mino Han, Taft High School
Keep track of my progress visiting every school in BD4 this year!
Stay in the Know: Updates and Upcoming Dates
School Leaders: Apply for one of our BD4 Grants for your School! 
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Board District 4, education news, and much more:
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