Foster Youth Achievement Program Gives Backpacks and Supplies to Foster Youth!
A new year, a new program! The Foster Youth Achievement Program starts their new program and the new year with a bang!  The Foster Youth Achievement Program  (FYAP) is a new program within Pupil Services that serves the over 8,000 foster youth that reside within LAUSD. Through a donation by Office Depot and  another private industry partner, the Foster Youth Achievement Program coordinated with the LA Chamber of Commerce to give away over 400 backpacks, backsacks and supplies to LAUSD foster youth! What an awesome way to start the year!
To get more information on the Foster Youth Achievement Program, click here.

Foster Youth Achievement Program Gives Backpacks and Supplies to Foster Youth!
A new year, a new program! The Foster Youth Achievement Program starts their new program and the new year with a bang!  The Foster Youth Achievement Program  (FYAP) is a new program within Pupil Services that serves the over 8,000 foster youth that reside within LAUSD. Through a donation by Office Depot and  another private industry partner, the Foster Youth Achievement Program coordinated with the LA Chamber of Commerce to give away over 400 backpacks, backsacks and supplies to LAUSD foster youth! What an awesome way to start the year!
To get more information on the Foster Youth Achievement Program, click here.

Foster Youth Achievement Program Gives Backpacks and Supplies to Foster Youth!
A new year, a new program! The Foster Youth Achievement Program starts their new program and the new year with a bang!  The Foster Youth Achievement Program  (FYAP) is a new program within Pupil Services that serves the over 8,000 foster youth that reside within LAUSD. Through a donation by Office Depot and  another private industry partner, the Foster Youth Achievement Program coordinated with the LA Chamber of Commerce to give away over 400 backpacks, backsacks and supplies to LAUSD foster youth! What an awesome way to start the year!
To get more information on the Foster Youth Achievement Program, click here.

Foster Youth Achievement Program Gives Backpacks and Supplies to Foster Youth!

A new year, a new program! The Foster Youth Achievement Program starts their new program and the new year with a bang!  The Foster Youth Achievement Program  (FYAP) is a new program within Pupil Services that serves the over 8,000 foster youth that reside within LAUSD. Through a donation by Office Depot and  another private industry partner, the Foster Youth Achievement Program coordinated with the LA Chamber of Commerce to give away over 400 backpacks, backsacks and supplies to LAUSD foster youth! What an awesome way to start the year!

To get more information on the Foster Youth Achievement Program, click here.

Foster Youth Achievement Program Gives Backpacks and Supplies to Foster Youth!
A new year, a new program! The Foster Youth Achievement Program starts their new program and the new year with a bang!  The Foster Youth Achievement Program  (FYAP) is a new program within Pupil Services that serves the over 8,000 foster youth that reside within LAUSD. Through a donation by Office Depot and  another private industry partner, the Foster Youth Achievement Program coordinated with the LA Chamber of Commerce to give away over 400 backpacks, backsacks and supplies to LAUSD foster youth! What an awesome way to start the year!
To get more information on the Foster Youth Achievement Program, click here.
Foster Youth Achievement Program Gives Backpacks and Supplies to Foster Youth!
A new year, a new program! The Foster Youth Achievement Program starts their new program and the new year with a bang!  The Foster Youth Achievement Program  (FYAP) is a new program within Pupil Services that serves the over 8,000 foster youth that reside within LAUSD. Through a donation by Office Depot and  another private industry partner, the Foster Youth Achievement Program coordinated with the LA Chamber of Commerce to give away over 400 backpacks, backsacks and supplies to LAUSD foster youth! What an awesome way to start the year!
To get more information on the Foster Youth Achievement Program, click here.
Foster Youth Achievement Program Gives Backpacks and Supplies to Foster Youth!
A new year, a new program! The Foster Youth Achievement Program starts their new program and the new year with a bang!  The Foster Youth Achievement Program  (FYAP) is a new program within Pupil Services that serves the over 8,000 foster youth that reside within LAUSD. Through a donation by Office Depot and  another private industry partner, the Foster Youth Achievement Program coordinated with the LA Chamber of Commerce to give away over 400 backpacks, backsacks and supplies to LAUSD foster youth! What an awesome way to start the year!
To get more information on the Foster Youth Achievement Program, click here.

Foster Youth Achievement Program Gives Backpacks and Supplies to Foster Youth!

A new year, a new program! The Foster Youth Achievement Program starts their new program and the new year with a bang!  The Foster Youth Achievement Program  (FYAP) is a new program within Pupil Services that serves the over 8,000 foster youth that reside within LAUSD. Through a donation by Office Depot and  another private industry partner, the Foster Youth Achievement Program coordinated with the LA Chamber of Commerce to give away over 400 backpacks, backsacks and supplies to LAUSD foster youth! What an awesome way to start the year!

To get more information on the Foster Youth Achievement Program, click here.

LAUSD Board Approves Dr. Ruth Perez to Head Instruction

Veteran Educator Brings Expertise Specific to LAUSD Demographics

LOS ANGELES – The Board of Education yesterday approved the hiring of experienced educator Dr. Ruth Pérez to serve as the deputy superintendent of instruction for L.A. Unified. Most recently superintendent of the nearby Norwalk-La Mirada school district, she has also served as a teacher and administrator in diverse areas of Florida and as chief academic officer for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg public schools in North Carolina.  She is expected to start her new position in mid-September.

"I look forward to working with her in moving this District forward,” Board President Dr. Richard Vladovic said.

“Congratulations Dr. Ruth Pérez and welcome to the LAUSD,” said Board Member Mónica García.  “Dr. Pérez, we welcome your expertise and leadership to support our vision for 100% graduation, to strengthen the effective pieces of our program and radically change what does not work. Our children are counting on your leadership and we look forward to working with you.”

The Board approved the recommendation of Superintendent John E. Deasy to hire Dr. Perez.  Her contract will run through June 30, 2017.

Since 2009, Dr. Pérez has served as the superintendent of the Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District.  During her tenure, Dr. Pérez and her team increased graduation rates from (76.5% to 94%), increased Academic Performance Index (API) scores, implemented a principal’s leadership academy, and reformed the Advanced Placement (AP) policy and plan, and many other notable achievements.

Dr. Pérez brings 27 years of experience to her new role. Her track record of success with students who are growing up in poverty, and youth who, like her, didn’t speak English when they started school, equips her to lead instruction for LAUSD.

Contact: Lydia Ramos, (213) 241-6766

Superintendent’s Statement On Common Core Technology Project

We have not canceled the District’s Common Core Technology Project (CCTP). As stated very clearly in my recent memo to the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education (Board), I have directed that we halt our use of the current Apple Inc. contract and implement a new Request for Proposals (RFP) solicitation for personal computing devices before bringing future phases of the CCTP to the Board for approval. We remain committed to providing students devices that support their access to a world of learning and discovery so they are better prepared to graduate college and career ready.

Not only will this decision enable us to take advantage of an ever-changing marketplace and technology advances, it will also give us time to take into account successes and concerns learned in the initial phases of the CCTP, and receive new information from the California Department of Education regarding assessments. We will incorporate the lessons learned from the original procurement process, including the initial phases and the laptop pilot. Specifically, we will be re-visiting the criteria on which original specifications were based, as well as review vendor responses and student feedback from the tablet deployment and laptop pilot. We expect our current contractor and their subcontractor to participate in the upcoming RFP. 

We have worked hard and are proud of the progress we have made – and will continue to make through additional phases – on this project. The CCTP supports the District’s transition to the Common Core State Standards and its commitment to provide an individualized, interactive and informative-rich learning environment. We look forward to refining our processes and ultimately achieve our vision to equip every one of our students with a personal computing device to help them succeed in the 21st century. This is exactly what our students need and deserve. 

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Statement on Student Protest at Jefferson S.H.

From Dr. Tommy Chang, Supt., Intensive Support and Innovation Center

We absolutely agree that Jefferson Senior High School students deserve a quality education, which is why we have made extra investments to hire more teachers, counselors and other staff to support students to graduate ready for college and career.

And, yes, Jefferson High has a new leader named Donald “Jack” Foote. He may be new to Jefferson, but he is an experienced administrator who brings to his role a track record of success.

It is also true that administrators made some changes in the master schedule last week, all in the best interests of students. We learned that parts of the previous schedule were unacceptable:  all Advanced Placement classes were slotted in the same period, limiting students’ access to a college curriculum. The same was true for core content classes for English Learners, limiting their access to various subjects as all were scheduled at the same time.

L.A. Unified is about creating opportunities for all students to take the necessary rigorous courses that prepare them for success. We have a sense of urgency, just like the students.

L.A. Unified Announces New School Discipline Initiative

Continued Emphasis on Help Instead of Criminalization

LOS ANGELES – Expanding successful efforts to help students improve behavior and succeed academically, Los Angeles School Police are continuing to embrace proactive, non-punitive enforcement strategies. Tickets no longer will be issued for minor violations, such as most campus fights, petty thefts, vandalism, trespassing or possession of tobacco or a small quantity of marijuana. Instead, most offenders will be referred to the school administrators or FamilySource centers for intervention, problem solving and support. 

“This is another of many policy shifts intended to decriminalize student behavior, when possible, and to keep youth in school and out of the juvenile justice system,” Superintendent John E. Deasy said. Coupled with efforts to support social emotional learning, attendance improvement, and Wellness clinics, District staff are teaching students what is expected of them and providing resources to facilitate positive behavior. 

Board Member Mónica García said, “Change is good. Change is necessary to move this District towards 100% graduation.” She added, “When the Board passed the School Climate Bill of Rights in May 2013, we united with this community that wanted to see investment in learning and not incarceration. The policy change we announce today will change rules for our District. Our expectation is that it changes outcomes for children, behavior for adults and the world we live in.” 

School Police Chief Steve Zipperman explained the new, graduated response as mutual cooperation between members of the Los Angeles School Police Department and school administrators. “Our officers will work with school administrators to provide the most appropriate intervention and resolution of an incident without an arrest or a citation for certain offenses.” For example, an officer may talk to a student, issue a warning or provide an opportunity for the youth to de-escalate the behavior. Next step for a first-time offender would be a referral to a school administrator or to a diversion program. The changes apply to students, ages 13 through 17.

Today’s announcement is part of an overarching Restorative Justice philosophy L.A. Unified is rolling out via the School Discipline Foundation Policy and the School Climate Bill of Rights. These are intended to help youth make better decisions, engage them in school and encourage them to invest in their own success. Depending on the offense, the process would involve their families and encourage students to accept responsibility, repair any harm caused and address the root causes of the conduct to prevent reoccurrence and, if necessary, support healing. 

Arrests, suspensions and expulsions would still occur depending on the severity of the offense to keep schools safe and prevent disruption to instruction. Exceptions to the new Diversion Referral policy include: one of the combatants or victims has an injury requiring medical treatment by paramedics; officers break up a fight using reportable force; one or more of the combatants has a documented history of disturbing the peace or battery citation; and/or arrest; or has failed to complete a prior diversion for the same offense; the subject has a warrant or the victim demands an arrest. All marijuana violations shall include the assistance of school police for purposes of contraband recovery.

Earlier successes of L.A. Unified discipline changes, included a sharp decline in suspensions, a reduction in student arrests, as well as using a diversion program in place of most truancy citations. 

Students 12 and younger are neither arrested nor ticketed for minor law violations.

Watch now: SoCaL Insider with Rick Reiff | LAUSD Homeless | PBS SoCal/KOCE Video

LAUSD Pupil Services, Homeless Education Program

PBS SoCal aired a news story highlighting the LAUSD Homeless Education Program and a homeless youth from Roybal High School.  The Coordinator, Nancy Gutierrez, and the Student Health and Human Services Director, Dr. Debra Duardo, also appear in the story. LAUSD’s Wellness Centers are also recognized.

https://www.facebook.com/PupilServicesLausd

Pupil Services, Homeless Education Program 
Graduate Recognition Luncheon
The Homeless Education Program celebrated the class of 2014 for their diligence and pursuit of excellence. The Graduate Recognition Luncheon was a way of showing seniors that their achievement is both commendable and significant to our community. McKinney Vento eligible graduates were honored for reaching such an important milestone in their lives. The goal of the luncheon was to recognize graduates for their accomplishments and to encourage them to keep achieving academically.
The Graduate Recognition Luncheon featured speakers such as board members Monica Ratliff and Steve Zimmer, as well as Jessica Martinez who is one of the original members of Freedom Writers.  All graduates received gift bags and H.O.P.E Scholarship recipients were recognized. This event shined a much-needed light on the persistence and hard work put forth by graduates to earn their high school diploma despite the barriers they face. It is a motivation for all students within the district to strive to reach their academic potential.  
https://www.facebook.com/PupilServicesLausd
Pupil Services, Homeless Education Program 
Graduate Recognition Luncheon
The Homeless Education Program celebrated the class of 2014 for their diligence and pursuit of excellence. The Graduate Recognition Luncheon was a way of showing seniors that their achievement is both commendable and significant to our community. McKinney Vento eligible graduates were honored for reaching such an important milestone in their lives. The goal of the luncheon was to recognize graduates for their accomplishments and to encourage them to keep achieving academically.
The Graduate Recognition Luncheon featured speakers such as board members Monica Ratliff and Steve Zimmer, as well as Jessica Martinez who is one of the original members of Freedom Writers.  All graduates received gift bags and H.O.P.E Scholarship recipients were recognized. This event shined a much-needed light on the persistence and hard work put forth by graduates to earn their high school diploma despite the barriers they face. It is a motivation for all students within the district to strive to reach their academic potential.  
https://www.facebook.com/PupilServicesLausd
Pupil Services, Homeless Education Program 
Graduate Recognition Luncheon
The Homeless Education Program celebrated the class of 2014 for their diligence and pursuit of excellence. The Graduate Recognition Luncheon was a way of showing seniors that their achievement is both commendable and significant to our community. McKinney Vento eligible graduates were honored for reaching such an important milestone in their lives. The goal of the luncheon was to recognize graduates for their accomplishments and to encourage them to keep achieving academically.
The Graduate Recognition Luncheon featured speakers such as board members Monica Ratliff and Steve Zimmer, as well as Jessica Martinez who is one of the original members of Freedom Writers.  All graduates received gift bags and H.O.P.E Scholarship recipients were recognized. This event shined a much-needed light on the persistence and hard work put forth by graduates to earn their high school diploma despite the barriers they face. It is a motivation for all students within the district to strive to reach their academic potential.  
https://www.facebook.com/PupilServicesLausd
Pupil Services, Homeless Education Program 
Graduate Recognition Luncheon
The Homeless Education Program celebrated the class of 2014 for their diligence and pursuit of excellence. The Graduate Recognition Luncheon was a way of showing seniors that their achievement is both commendable and significant to our community. McKinney Vento eligible graduates were honored for reaching such an important milestone in their lives. The goal of the luncheon was to recognize graduates for their accomplishments and to encourage them to keep achieving academically.
The Graduate Recognition Luncheon featured speakers such as board members Monica Ratliff and Steve Zimmer, as well as Jessica Martinez who is one of the original members of Freedom Writers.  All graduates received gift bags and H.O.P.E Scholarship recipients were recognized. This event shined a much-needed light on the persistence and hard work put forth by graduates to earn their high school diploma despite the barriers they face. It is a motivation for all students within the district to strive to reach their academic potential.  
https://www.facebook.com/PupilServicesLausd
Pupil Services, Homeless Education Program 
Graduate Recognition Luncheon
The Homeless Education Program celebrated the class of 2014 for their diligence and pursuit of excellence. The Graduate Recognition Luncheon was a way of showing seniors that their achievement is both commendable and significant to our community. McKinney Vento eligible graduates were honored for reaching such an important milestone in their lives. The goal of the luncheon was to recognize graduates for their accomplishments and to encourage them to keep achieving academically.
The Graduate Recognition Luncheon featured speakers such as board members Monica Ratliff and Steve Zimmer, as well as Jessica Martinez who is one of the original members of Freedom Writers.  All graduates received gift bags and H.O.P.E Scholarship recipients were recognized. This event shined a much-needed light on the persistence and hard work put forth by graduates to earn their high school diploma despite the barriers they face. It is a motivation for all students within the district to strive to reach their academic potential.  
https://www.facebook.com/PupilServicesLausd
Pupil Services, Homeless Education Program 
Graduate Recognition Luncheon
The Homeless Education Program celebrated the class of 2014 for their diligence and pursuit of excellence. The Graduate Recognition Luncheon was a way of showing seniors that their achievement is both commendable and significant to our community. McKinney Vento eligible graduates were honored for reaching such an important milestone in their lives. The goal of the luncheon was to recognize graduates for their accomplishments and to encourage them to keep achieving academically.
The Graduate Recognition Luncheon featured speakers such as board members Monica Ratliff and Steve Zimmer, as well as Jessica Martinez who is one of the original members of Freedom Writers.  All graduates received gift bags and H.O.P.E Scholarship recipients were recognized. This event shined a much-needed light on the persistence and hard work put forth by graduates to earn their high school diploma despite the barriers they face. It is a motivation for all students within the district to strive to reach their academic potential.  
https://www.facebook.com/PupilServicesLausd
Pupil Services, Homeless Education Program 
Graduate Recognition Luncheon
The Homeless Education Program celebrated the class of 2014 for their diligence and pursuit of excellence. The Graduate Recognition Luncheon was a way of showing seniors that their achievement is both commendable and significant to our community. McKinney Vento eligible graduates were honored for reaching such an important milestone in their lives. The goal of the luncheon was to recognize graduates for their accomplishments and to encourage them to keep achieving academically.
The Graduate Recognition Luncheon featured speakers such as board members Monica Ratliff and Steve Zimmer, as well as Jessica Martinez who is one of the original members of Freedom Writers.  All graduates received gift bags and H.O.P.E Scholarship recipients were recognized. This event shined a much-needed light on the persistence and hard work put forth by graduates to earn their high school diploma despite the barriers they face. It is a motivation for all students within the district to strive to reach their academic potential.  
https://www.facebook.com/PupilServicesLausd

Pupil Services, Homeless Education Program

Graduate Recognition Luncheon

The Homeless Education Program celebrated the class of 2014 for their diligence and pursuit of excellence. The Graduate Recognition Luncheon was a way of showing seniors that their achievement is both commendable and significant to our community. McKinney Vento eligible graduates were honored for reaching such an important milestone in their lives. The goal of the luncheon was to recognize graduates for their accomplishments and to encourage them to keep achieving academically.

The Graduate Recognition Luncheon featured speakers such as board members Monica Ratliff and Steve Zimmer, as well as Jessica Martinez who is one of the original members of Freedom Writers.  All graduates received gift bags and H.O.P.E Scholarship recipients were recognized. This event shined a much-needed light on the persistence and hard work put forth by graduates to earn their high school diploma despite the barriers they face. It is a motivation for all students within the district to strive to reach their academic potential.  

https://www.facebook.com/PupilServicesLausd

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