March 1, 2019
Message from Mónica
Dear Education Champions,

Just a few days ago, we gathered together to celebrate the power and strength of our community that is " All in for Public Education ." I was truly inspired to be among the many who have the hearts to be all in for the next generation of leaders. Los Angeles has shown again that educational opportunity matters and that we are committed to being a part of the village to raise our children. Our students are counting on us.

To top it off, the Board unanimously voted yesterday to put a measure on the June ballot that would bring more investment into our schools. There are too many students in the “Not yet” category for us to not continue to learn, change and grow for the better. Education is at the forefront of what the community wants to invest in. I am a resounding “ YES! ” on the possibilities – we are certain that we can reach more students with more resources. We know what to do. We know what is right. It’s time for Los Angeles to lead the way for California and the Nation in continuing the fight for equity and justice. We are grateful for the Superintendent and the team who worked tirelessly in making this resolution the best that it can be and for the community members that spoke up on behalf our students and families. 

This celebration comes at a perfect time as we commemorate the 1968 Walkouts and remember the promise that Los Angeles Unified made 51 years ago. We continue to fulfill that promise of a high-quality education for all and raising the bar for student achievement.
The month of March is also National Social Work Month ! We salute the nation’s 680,000 social workers that empower millions of people, especially those that need a champion. Thank you, L.A. Unified social workers, for your contributions; we depend of you daily as teammates in this work of educating our children and supporting our families!

In the spirit of hope,

Mónica García
In the Board Room
Congratulations to Griffith Middle School STEAM Magnet, Union Elementary School and Wilson High School for receiving the ADA Barrier Removals! A total of over $5.9 million dollars of investment!
We are excited to share that schools sites will have more hiring opportunities with the passing of a new classification of employees reserved for low-income residents or groups in the community.
Student Health and Human Services (SHHS) Team at L.A. Unified ensures that all of our students are in the best state of mind and health to learn. Congratulations to Wilson High School and Stevenson Middle School for getting additional modular buildings on your campuses for SHHS programs!
We are proud to have approved additional funding for brand new desks for the following Board District 2 Schools!

  • Belmont HS
  • Boyle Heights Continuation HS
  • Bravo Medical Magnet HS
  • Downtown Business Magnet
  • Garfield HS
  • Lanterman SPED HS
  • Metropolitan Continuation HS
  • Monterey Continuation HS
  • Newmark Continuation HS
  • Perez SPED Center
  • Pueblo de LA Continuation HS
  • Wilson HS
We are proud to bring a new secure entry system to Olympic Primary Center and a new electronic wall-mounted marquee 4th St Primary Center! Investments into these two primary centers total to over $27 million dollars since 2006!
We are grateful for our partnership with the City of L.A. and happy to share that community members can use four of our school parks free of charge on weekends, holidays, and school vacation days through our Community School Parks program! The Board District 2 Schools include:

  • Cahuenga ES
  • Harvard ES
  • Leo Politi ES
Did you know?
51 years after the 1968 Walkouts

L.A. Unified is committed to the promise of a great education for our community. During March, we are reminded of the activists who came before us to fight for greater outcomes for our children and youth in the Eastside and beyond.

Van Nuys High School students will be performing a student created Oratorio surrounding the theme: "Walkout: Past, Present, Repeat" with L.A. Master Chorale on March 1 and 2 at 1pm and Roosevelt High School is preparing a special photo exhibit with photos loaned from the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center! School communities are encouraged to commemorate the 1968 Walkouts throughout the month! See "Vision 2068" resources here.
International Women's Day
March 8th is International Women's Day. I am reminded of all the strong women in my life who taught me to love, lead and stand tall. Looking forward to celebrating the strength and community of female leaders in L.A. Unified!

College Palooza!
The Los Angeles Unified School District’s Division of Instruction is excited to announce the first annual College Palooza: designed to celebrate the vital role we all play in preparing our youth for their post-secondary ventures. March 16th at L.A. Trade Tech!

Submit your FAFSA!
Did you know that 1,234,249 high school graduates didn’t fill out the FAFSA in the 2016-17 academic school year? This led to an estimated $2.3 billion unclaimed by college-going students!

Don't wait - fill out the  FAFSA now!
Teacher of the Year Nominations
The Division of Human Resources believes in recognizing teacher excellence and is happy to announce that it is accepting nominations for “LAUSD Teacher of the Year” (TOY) 2019-2020. Now accepting nominations; please click  here.
California Distinguished Schools!
Congratulations to Garfield High School, Bravo Medical Magnet and Downtown Business Magnet of BD2 on being recognized as a California Distinguished School by the CA Department of Education!

Become the next Student Board Member!
Juniors! Applications to become the 2019-2020 Student Board Member is due on March 8th! Applications are available here . Your voice matters!
In the Media
Free Tax Prep L.A.!
Thank you, Mayor Eric Garcetti and Supervisor Hilda Solis, for your leadership and service to our community!

“Thank you to all of the campaign partners who secured the funding to make this all possible for a third year. We look forward to our continued collaboration in connecting our families to the best resources in Los Angeles.”

Magnet Schools in Los Angeles
Magnet schools are schools organized around a certain theme, like art, technology, or even healthcare and journalism...

“Over time we have recognized that magnets are a choice for families and the magnet brand is very popular,” says Mónica García, the president of the L.A school board. “We have many schools with waiting lists and we want to work to accommodate them.”

Increasing Revenue for L.A. Unified
The Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education began discussions Tuesday morning to increase district revenue via a possible parcel tax...

“I love the L.A. solution because while Sacramento may do something, and we need a multi-pronged approach … I am inspired, encouraged and excited,” García said.

*The Board has since unanimously approved putting a parcel tax measure on the June 4th ballot!

Safe Routes to Schools
The Los Angeles Department of Transportation announced Wednesday (Feb. 20) that it helped secure $33.5 million in state funding to make safety improvements near eight local schools.

"We are very excited about the funding awarded to improve pedestrian and street safety for our students and communities that demonstrate a dire need for improved traffic safety," LAUSD Board President Mónica García said.

Academic Decathlon Champs!
Highland Park’s Benjamin Franklin High School has won this year’s Los Angeles Unified School District Academic Decathlon, topping Grant High School, and will go on to compete in the statewide competition in March.

“Congratulations to all of our amazing scholars,” Garcia said. “And congratulations to our driven, determined and competitive decathletes from Franklin High School. After many years of placing in the Top 5, your winning attitude is to be commended.”

BD2 Spotlight!
Roosevelt High School Girls' Soccer Team are the Division IV City Champions! Congratulations to Coach Pimentel and the entire team on a successful season!
Chinese New Year Concert at Castelar Elementary School! See the talent, joy and passion here!
Congratulations to the LASPD Officers that were honored at the Badge Ceremony! A special shout-out to Chief Zipperman who is a proud L.A. Unified graduate!
March Events
March 1 & 2: Van Nuys HS Oratorio Performances
March 2: Dr. Seuss' Birthday (Read Across America)
March 8: International Women’s Day
March 8: Anniversary of 1968 East L.A. Walkouts
March 19: Board Meeting
March 26: COW Meeting
March 31: Cesar Chavez Day
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