Debra Duardo, M.S.W., Ed.D.
Los Angeles County Superintendent of Schools
I was thrilled to host the first meeting of LACOE's new Superintendent's Student Advisory Council today. The group was formed to bring to the table the first-hand experiences of our youth who don't often have a voice in how their education is designed and delivered.
We had the difficult task of selecting a group of 35 diverse high schoolers from a pool of more than 200 applicants from districts across the county.
How refreshing to hear their candid views on distance learning, racial and social justice, maintaining mental and emotional health and other issues affecting their lives during the pandemic.
The goal is to bring our students' voices into conversations and decision-making about public education with a focus on equity. I look forward to being their spokesperson with education leaders and policymakers as we look at enacting needed reforms.