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Students remind us: Make the struggle beautiful

Students remind us: Make the struggle beautiful

There were a dozen of us, and you could barely hear the song we were dancing to: Aretha Franklin’s “Think.” But there we were in front of Venice High, mostly in sync, definitely in the rain, decked in our finest red, dancing for public education and calling on our community, our city, our state, our entire nation, to think about what they were trying to do to us.

Organized parent power helps win our strike

Organized parent power helps win our strike

Amid the sea of red shirts that flooded Los Angeles in early January, it may have been easy to miss those worn by the members of Eastside Padres Contra La Privatización. An all-volunteer organization formed in 2017 in response to a planned KIPP charter co-location at Marianna Avenue Elementary, Eastside Padres is a leading force in the community struggle to defend public education.

‘People don’t strike for 6%; we strike for justice’

‘People don’t strike for 6%; we strike for justice’

We strike for just teaching and learning conditions. We strike for the schools our students deserve, and because we want to be able to meet the very diverse needs of our very diverse students. This is about the heart and soul of public education. That is why I will strike. 

@UTLANow

LOCKED OUT; Families & educators trying to deliver petitions to @lausd_ldc signed by more than 2,000 Trinity community members but the doors are locked. Keep Trinity open! @suptlaschools #NoSchoolClosures #WeArePublicSchools #SaveTrinity https://t.co/hUafHUsLrq UTLAnow photo
“My daughter matters. Her classmates matter. Don’t close our home. Don’t close Trinity” —Trinity parent Johana Flores @lausd_ldc @suptlaschools #NoSchoolClosures #WeArePublicSchools #SaveTrinity https://t.co/EWjAazq6uZ UTLAnow photo
“Our schools offer more than just education to our students. Our schools are our students’ second homes. They are our students’ safe places” —Stacie Webster, 5th grade teacher at West Vernon ES and UTLA Central Area Chair @lausd_ldc @suptlaschools #NoSchoolClosures https://t.co/J8QSap1B3W UTLAnow photo

@ReclaimLASchls

Equity is essential, but a Student Center Funding formula could do more harm than good. It doesn't value neighborhood schools because all funding is portable. It will continue the trend of schools in Black and Brown communities losing students and... (1/2) https://t.co/dTomi2Zul8 ReclaimLASchls photo
LAUSD is proposing a dramatic change to how our schools are funded. The LAUSD school board will vote on this proposal on Tuesday, Sept. 14th. Please join us on Sept. 1 for our Town Hall discussion on how this new funding model will impact our traditional neighborhood schools. https://t.co/h2v3kXAfSx ReclaimLASchls photo