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District 1 Education Town Halls

 Join Board Member McKenna, parents, students, teachers and other members of the school community at our District 1 education town halls!
Sat. Jan 31, 2015
Audubon M.S. Auditorium
4120 11th Ave.
LA, CA 90008 
Thu. Feb. 19, 2015
Palms M.S. Auditorium
10860 Woodbine St.
LA, CA 90034 
Sat. Feb. 21, 2015
Middle College H.S. on the campus of LA Southwest College
1600 Imperial Hwy., Bldg. 16
LA, CA 90047 
Thu. Mar. 5, 2015
John Burroughs M.S. Auditorium
600 S. McCadden Pl., LA, CA 90005 

Electronic Newsletter 

Download the latest McKenna Memo, the LAUSD Board District 1 newsletter: pdf



McKenna at Horace Mann The First 100 Days

By Dr. George McKenna, 12.17.14

The start of the school year and my tenure as the District 1 board member has been an exciting time. To capture the accomplishments of our children, support our teachers, staff and administrators, and provide important updates to our school communities, I look forward to regularly engaging with you through our newsletter, "The McKenna Memo." (Download the most recent issue). I hope you enjoy our highlighted news and take an opportunity to sign-up to receive more regular updates electronically and through social media on Facebook and Twitter.

Ethnic Studies Now Historic Action: School Board Votes to Add Ethnic Studies to Curriculum

By Dr. George McKenna, 12.17.14

On November 18, I was delighted to join with Board Members Bennett Kayser and Steven Zimmer in co-sponsoring a historic resolution that will improve the educational experience and outcomes of our children. By passing the “Supporting Ethnic Studies in the Los Angeles Unified School District” resolution, the school board added ethnic studies to the LAUSD curriculum, and established it as a graduation requirement for the class of 2019.

The value of ethnic studies is well documented. According to the National Education Association, ethnic studies benefited students of color in observable ways: they became more academically engaged, increased educational outcomes on academic tests, improved graduation rates, and developed a sense of self-efficacy and personal empowerment (NEA’s 2010 “The Academic and Social Value of Ethnic Studies”). This endeavor is critical to closing the achievement gap and increasing graduation rates.

Interim Superintendent Cortines has been directed to produce a plan and budget for integrating ethnic studies into the district’s curriculum. A committee of stakeholders is being formed to advise him and the board.

Praise goes to Ethnic Studies Now, the teacher-student-parent-community coalition that came together to push the resolution.


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