Allison Bajracharya imagines a future in which every LAUSD school in every neighborhood is characterized by joy, excitement, and complex problem solving. Students may learn with their peers, on their own, or as a full class. They use technology, make connections and ask tough questions. They are always challenged and given the support that they need. She imagines schools that prepare our young people for their futures, attending to their social-emotional needs while ensuring that each meets or exceeds grade level expectations and is prepared for college or a career. Our students deserve it!
Currently, this ideal is not what all students in the district are experiencing. Too many of our graduates are not prepared for their futures:
Almost 1 out of every 2 LA Unified graduates (46%) are not eligible to apply to a public university in California.
3 out of every 10 (30%) LA Unified students are proficient in math
4 out of every 10 LA Unified students (40%) are proficient in English
Allison knows we can reverse these trends. There are schools in Los Angeles and around the country that are serving all students well. We need to learn from these examples.
We can increase the rigor of our graduation requirements;
We can provide teachers and principals with more flexibility to meet the needs of all students; and
We can welcome families into our schools, engage them in their children’s learning, and support them as advocates for their children.