Los Angeles Unified passed a School Board resolution making a commitment to expanding equity and access to high-quality civic learning for all students. The Board also committed to collecting data on these opportunities and outcomes in partnership with LEADE starting in the 2017-2018 school year. The District will use the results to create a five-year plan for increasing civic learning opportunities for students, with special attention to expanding civic learning opportunities of students from low-income families, English Learners, and other groups that have been underserved.
In addition, a number of key organizations — such as the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE), Asian Americans Advancing Justice-LA, InnerCity Struggle, In the Public Interest, the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, UNITE-LA, and UTLA — signed a letter of support alongside the School Board resolution to show their support for the LEADE Initiative’s efforts to advance civic learning in the District. LEADE will also partner with a number of other civic and community organizations in Los Angeles who have been active in equity educational reform for almost two decades and many of these groups emphasize the importance of youth civic development.