Who We Are 

‘We Are Public Schools’ is a coalition of public school educators, parents, students and community members. 

What We Believe

We believe public education has the ability to open doors to academic excellence, to address the economic, racial and social inequities in our society and to empower young people to think critically, be collaborative and change the world around them. 

We believe that all students deserve access to a fully-funded, high-quality public education. 

We believe that all publicly funded schools should have similar standards of transparency and accountability, equity and access for all students.

We believe parents, students and the public should help shape and transform their neighborhood schools to be truly community schools, locally grown and built by the neighborhood they serve.

OUR VOICES

Steve Zimmer

“What makes a public school a public school is that we serve every child who enters the school house door without prejudice. I learned far more from my students than I could ever have dreamed to be able to teach them. That is the central joy of teaching and learning. It is why we teach. It is why we are all teachers.”

Educator and LAUSD School Board President

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OUR VOICES

Imelda Padilla

“We must fight at the local, state and national level so that our public schools receive the fair funding they need in order to deliver a quality education. Every child deserves a great school with the right resources and well-trained teachers.”

Youth advocate

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OUR VOICES

Larry Shoham

“I would like to see more opportunities for teachers to collaborate and design instruction that meets the needs of all students. If there isn’t a real effort to serve all students, who are we serving?”

Educator, Hamilton High School, Los Angeles

Graduated Hamilton High School, the same school he has taught in for 15 years.

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Sherlett Hendy Newbill

“Our schools need support from our community. They need to have faith in their local public school.

– It worked for me!”

Educator, Dorsey High School, Los Angeles

Graduated Dorsey High School, the same school she has taught in for 18 years.

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Reclaiming the Power of Public Education

It’s time to take back our schools from billionaire privatizers who have spent years and billions of dollars to undermine public education in Los Angeles. 

WE ARE PUBLIC SCHOOLS is sponsored by UTLA, the union that proudly represents more than 33,000 educators in LAUSD, as well as more than 1,000 educators in independent charter schools.

WE ARE PUBLIC SCHOOLS is sponsored by UTLA, the union that proudly represents more than 33,000 educators in LAUSD, as well as more than 1,000 educators in independent charter schools.

The following community organizations have endorsed this campaign: