STRATEGIES IN THE SPOTLIGHTCitywide Education Progress Reports
IMPROVING SCHOOL QUALITY AND FIT
MEETING STUDENT NEEDS
INVOLVING FAMILIES IN SCHOOL SYSTEM DECISIONS
SUPPORTING FAMILIES THROUGH CHOICE PROCESS
TAKING COLLECTIVE ACTION
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.