To my Board District 4 constituents, L.A. Unified community, and beyond:
Today marks the end of the L.A. Unified semester, but our work has only begun.
I have found my fair share of obstacles inside the district, but I have never once doubted the ability of a kids first agenda to harness the power of public education to change lives in L.A. Unified. The holiday season gives us all a much-needed opportunity to recharge for the new year, and I can think of no one who deserves it more than the school leaders, teachers, employees, and parents who work every day for the kids that we serve. I want to wish a happy, healthy, and bright holiday and new year to you all.
Read on to find out more about my policy reforms and priorities, the coming years’ school calendar, and how we helped brighten the holiday season for some of our kids and families.
Keeping Students Fed: Meal Distribution amid Wildfire School Closure
A Successful Semester of Policy Reform: Transforming District Communications, Fighting for Increased Public School Funding, Protecting Victims, & Initiating Open Data
During my first months in office, I have written or co-sponsored six successful resolutions and have worked on increasing parent and community engagement, making the district more transparent and accountable, directing more resources to schools, and bringing a new spirit of partnership and collaboration to LA’s public schools. In January, the Board will vote on my most recent resolution, LAUSDATA (Los Angeles Unified Sharing Data for Accessibility, Transparency, and Accountability) – so tune in to the Board Meeting on January 16, 2018 to learn more!
Initiating Open Data – In January, the Board will vote on my resolution to usher in a new era of transparency by calling for an “open data” portal to share data sets related to student achievement, budget, facilities, and more to be easily navigable, accessible, and sharable for public consumption and advocacy purposes.
Advancing Early Education: Youth Policy Institute’s Early Head Start Opening
Knowing that we have a great need for more innovative early childhood education options to increase student achievement and break the cycle of poverty, I cut the ribbon at the Youth Policy Institute’s new Early Head Start center in Board District 4, and along with other elected officials, commemorated the brand-new, state-of-the-art Early Head Start center that will serve low-income families with infants or toddlers. I will continue to invest in collaborative efforts with our community partners to bring more Early Head Start programs to Los Angeles’s youngest learners.
Uniting for Justice: United Parents and Students Join Community to Advance “A Day of Justice”
I spoke at this year’s “Day of Justice” with over 1,000 United Parents and Students, along with other elected officials and community leaders committing to the advancement of food justice, affordable housing, and safe passages for all. I was proud to take part in this day and speak about the importance of quality public education to break the cycle of poverty in our communities.
School Spot-L.I.G.H.T.S.: Paul Revere Charter Middle School and Le Conte Middle School
Click to watch KTLA and Shoes that Fit brighten the day of Le Conte's middle schoolers!
Shoes That Fit and KTLA provided new athletic shoes to every student at Le Conte Middle School in Hollywood. Shoes that Fit is a nonprofit organization that makes sure growing kids from low-income families have a new and well-fitting pair of shoes. Learn more about the organization here.
Join the E4E Team: Educators for Excellence (E4E) Los Angeles is forming a team of educators to volunteer on a team of policy and advocacy leaders. They are looking for teachers who can contribute their critical perspective on effective school leadership. Click here for more information and to apply.
Happy Holidays from Board District 4: (clockwise from top left) Nick speaks at ExEd Holiday Party; Stoner Avenue ES kids pose with their new backpacks; Nick hands out awards to young art contest winners at Venice Holiday Sign Lighting; the BD4 team celebrates the holidays with a family potluck; gifts wrapped and ready for BD4 team's sponsored family; Nick attends the Winter Program at West Hollywood ES.
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