Students speak out on the future of LA schools
For generations, the Los Angeles Unified School District has been the epicenter of politics, media, debate, and money. And yet, even in a district with an unparalleled level of attention, the voices of students - in the nation's second largest district and largest with an elected board - have been silenced. In October 2021, we released the LA Student Report, a one-of-a-kind look into the experiences and demands of LA youth.
"[The new superintendent should be] someone who effectively listens to all students and implements their concerns in decision-making."
"I hope this new superintendent relocates funds towards mental health resources, makes our curriculum culturally inclusive, protects us from COVID-19, targets learning loss, and also supports their students fully and wholeheartedly"
- 31.4% of respondents support increasing curriculum focus on the histories of communities of color.
- 25% of respondents support increasing efforts to “support the whole child,” including a greater focus on student mental health.
- 21.8% of respondents want police-free schools in order to disrupt the school-to-prison pipeline disproportionately impacting communities of color.
- 19.2% of survey respondents want schools to address learning loss by prioritizing equity in resource allocation, especially as schools recover from the pandemic.