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Communities for L.A. Student Success

Education is a right, not a privilege
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What is it?

Since 2013, we have led the Communities for Los Angeles Student Success (CLASS) coalition to advance meaningful education reform through advocacy and community engagement. Representing over 150,000 community members, CLASS is backed by parents, students, educators, and 70 partner organizations.

Through CLASS, we’re empowering educators with vital academic resources to enhance their teaching; strengthening ties between L.A. families, schools, and communities; and advocating for equitable funding for all LAUSD schools. Low-income students and students of color in disinvested communities deserve the option of college and a rewarding career once they graduate. That’s why we’re equipping the next generation with the tools and support they need to achieve their highest academic potential.

What's the impact?

  • Led a groundbreaking survey, Where Do We Go From Here: Students Speak about Learning Needs in Covid-era LA, of over 300 LAUSD parents, students, teachers, and civic leaders to amplify the voices, needs, and experiences of low-income young people 
  • Demanded over $350 million in increased investments in A-G, counselor supports, flexible spending dollars, parent engagement, restorative justice and other programs
  • Mobilized over 14,000 community members to rally for increased access and equity for our highest needs schools
  • Distributed over 10,250 copies of the Parent Engagement ToolKit to help parents navigate the complex LAUSD system and determine if their school is adequately supporting their child toward graduation, college and career

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