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Citywide Education Progress Reports

LOS ANGELES: Grassroots Groups Push Change Through Grants, Forums, and School-Application Assistance

An active grassroots coalition has emerged in Los Angeles in the absence of cohesive civic leadership. One of these groups, Great Public Schools Now, is working across sectors to improve school performance. They provide grants to charter and district schools to replicate successful programs and improve teacher retention and teacher candidate pools. The group also holds community forums across the city to collect information about family needs.

Parent Revolution, a local nonprofit, helped hundreds of families identify and submit applications to high-quality schools through a pilot program launched in 2016. Their support helped families facing multiple applications and no consolidated source of school information.

Parent Revolution is part of a larger coalition led by the Partnership for Equitable Access to Public Schools in Los Angeles, which currently advises on the development of a school finder tool that will improve family access to information.

View Los Angeles’ citywide education progress report.

The Center on Reinventing Public Education is a research and policy analysis center at the University of Washington Bothell developing systemwide solutions for K–12 public education. Questions? Email crpe@uw.edu.