We support the right of every child to attend a high-quality public school in his or her neighborhood.
We support efforts to expand parental choice in Los Angeles and open new high-quality public schools in neighborhoods of need. We believe that high-quality schools are those where principals are leaders of quality instruction and can make decisions about school finance, faculty, curriculum and instruction.
We recognize that teachers, principals, and administrators within the Los Angeles Unified School District work hard and want the best for all students. However, we also acknowledge the reality that despite this hard work, there are communities within Los Angeles where the existing public schools have persistently underperformed.
We believe that students have waited too long in these high need communities. We share a sense of urgency to implement solutions that can work now.
While recognizing the role that schools play in the entire community, we are committed to putting the interests of students above all else.
We recognize that high-quality solutions can come from anywhere, either within or outside of the District, but believe that no high quality solutions should be excluded from consideration.
We recognize that there are a number of high-quality educational models currently operating within the Los Angeles Unified School District, and we commit to support their expansion as part of meeting the needs of underserved students.
We recognize the challenges involved in implementing any solution, charter or otherwise, but we believe that the most important criteria is what’s best for students.
We reject needless confrontation. We believe that too many debates in education are filled with unnecessary rancor. We believe all of us, despite our disagreements, want to do what’s best for students in Los Angeles.
We call on elected officials and other community leaders to embrace solutions that are proven, that will provide students and parents more and better educational options, and that help meet the need now. Politics and ideology should not drive this debate – the needs of students and parents should.