Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Collaborative effort seeks to improve public schools

This morning I joined California Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell, Mayor Villaraigosa, LAUSD Board President Monica Garcia, and other education, business, labor, and community leaders in signing the L.A. Compact, an unprecedented commitment to support initiatives that will better prepare our students for college and the 21st century workplace.

In the next three to six months, the organizations working through the L.A. Compact will be primarily focused on collaborative, coordinated efforts to advocate for state and federal funding, supporting the School Choice resolution, and promoting increased accountability through the School Report Card to help identify schools that need extra assistance to ensure their students meet their academic potential.
For our city to succeed, we need our students to succeed. An effective and thriving public school system is crucial to Los Angeles's future.