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  • October 6, 2016 Sign-up
  • October 10, 2016 Town Hall/Sen. Ricardo Lara hearing on sustainability of LA educational system

Who We Are 

‘We Are Public Schools’ is a coalition of public school educators and 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 remain in the hands of the public. 

We believe parents 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.


Maynard Brown

“Quality education in inner city public schools levels the playing field in society, and allows all of our young people to believe in and achieve their dreams.”

Educator, Crenshaw High School, Los Angeles

Graduated Crenshaw High School, the same school he has taught in for 26 years.


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 don’t 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.


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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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.