Parents fight for better schools
If a majority of parents join in that effort, they can choose from one of at least four school transformation options: new leadership, conversion to a charter school, reconstitution of the school with new staff, or school closure. These laws are powerful tools that force education officials to heed parentsâ€™ calls for change.
In Los Angeles, we have recognized that without parent engagement, school improvement efforts will not succeed. As part of our Public School Choice initiative — designed to turn around low-performing schools — we require educator teams to collaborate with parents. And through the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools, a nonprofit I established to accelerate achievement at our highest need schools, we launched the Parent College to empower parents with the tools and skills they need to support their childrenâ€™s education. These initiatives are critical pieces in our overall strategy to improve Los Angeles schools.
And weâ€™ve seen results. The number of local schools meeting Californiaâ€™s academic performance standard has more than doubled and the number of low-scoring schools has dropped from 32 percent to 9 percent. While we celebrate this progress, we also recognize that our work wonâ€™t be finished until all students graduate from high school ready for college and careers…