Silicon Valley think tank joins with LAUSD parents to catch up the kids

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More than 40 parents of low-income Black and Latino students in Los Angeles Unified School District met with Superintendent Alberto Carvalho on a recent night at Faith & Hope Community Church in South Los Angeles, bringing with them plans for boosting their childrens’ learning loss during the pandemic.

During the bilingual event, parents shared their concerns, including a lack of sufficient resources or high-quality tutoring, unspent money in the district’s Black student achievement and tutoring funds — and their solutions to these problems.

While the pandemic had an impact on students across the board, it had a disproportionate impact on Black and Latino students academically and socially. Today, just 31% of Black LAUSD students are on grade level in English while just 36% of Latino students are on grade level in English, according to the group.

Most tutoring has focused on the completion of homework, according to the group, but that isn’t beneficial for students in the long term, and the lack of high-quality tutoring exacerbates the situation.

“During the pandemic, students didn’t get adequate quality education, and now they’re dealing with trying to catch up and learning their current grade level,” said Rosie Coleman, a Carson parent. “So it’s almost double-duty for the students you’re catching up.”

The parents’ detailed presentation to Carvalho was produced in partnership with the nonprofit organization Innovate Public Schools, a partnership that began in 2018 when Silicon Valley-based Innovate Public Schools reached out to parents with children enrolled in LAUSD areas that have the lowest-performing schools — Southeast L.A., Westlake/Pico-Union and South L.A.

Each parent group meets twice per month and the advocacy is led and driven by the parents. Parents identify key issues that needed to be addressed, while Innovate Public Schools provides parents with resources they need to better advocate for their rights, such as compiling data reports, …read more

Source:: Los Angeles Daily News

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