Like Cesar Chavez said, "We cannot seek achievement for ourselves and forget about progress and prosperity for our community... Our ambitions must be broad enough to include the aspirations and needs of others, for their sakes and for our own."
I am excited to welcome you to the start of a new academic school year filled with a renewed sense of hope and optimism for the LAUSD not yet, as we continue to work towards 100% graduation for all of our students. In Board District 2 our goal is to start the year healthy and ready to learn!
As we embark on a new school year, let's continue to build a district where all students succeed! We are proud to start the year strong, with investment back into the classroom and the addition of over 700 new classified positions in LAUSD.
We are committed to President Obama's initiative on our Brother's Keeper, through our resolution the School Climate Bill of Rights of 2013, we have created a path for change in our schools and are proud of the work done through Restorative Justice. We have witnessed a decrease in the number of instructional days lost to suspension from 46,006 in 2010-2011 to less than 9,000 in 2014.
More students than ever are taking Advanced Placement (AP) tests, the number of AP tests taken in LAUSD increased by more than 18,000 since 2006-07, an increase of 62%. And, according to the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) more students are reading at grade level, LAUSD 8th grade Latino, Asian, and socio-economic disadvantaged students had the highest gains in reading of all urban districts over the past 10 years. We must be proud of all this work as we lead LAUSD into a district of transformation and academic achievement.
As always, we are committed to moving faster and doing more for English Language Learners, increasing awareness among students and parents on the A-G Graduation Requirements and preparing for the Class of 2017, the first class required to graduate from high school with a "C" or better on their A-G college prep classes.
I am proud to partner with Superintendent Ramon C. Cortines and his team, and the Board of Education to invest and support efforts that have: allowed for innovation, increased teacher-led academies, increased academic achievement, increased support for foster youth, increased steady investment of benefits to our employees, increased parent engagement, and reduced suspensions and citations on our campuses.
This year let's be bold, optimistic and aggressive by working together to increase student achievement and getting us closer to 100% graduation for all.
It is going to be a great year and know that our Board District 2 team is here ready to support you, please don't hesitate to contact my office directly at (213) 241-6180.
In the spirit of hope,
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