About Worth More LA

EVEN DURING A PANDEMIC LA’S STUDENTS STILL DESERVE AN EDUCATION. IT’S TIME TO TELL LAUSD THAT OUR CHILDREN ARE WORTH MORE.

LAUSD has denied opportunities to Black and Latino students for too long. The inequities of our education system are no longer hidden behind school walls, but are in our homes and we can see how LAUSD’s distance learning plan is deepening these inequities. We won’t go back to a system that doesn’t educate all kids. After a lost spring semester where LAUSD failed to engage 4 out of 10 students every day, the district’s distance learning plan for the Fall offers:

No focused equity efforts

Last spring, Black and Latino students were 20% less likely to be engaged online. English learners and students with disabilities were left out and disengaged. LAUSD is providing a one size fits all schedule and program, rather than providing equitable opportunities to the students who have always received the least from the system.

Not enough learning time

LAUSD has drastically cut the student school day. Every day, LAUSD is giving its students much less instructional time (including time with teachers and time spent learning alone) than other big California school districts. Over the course of a year, a high school student in San Diego will get 90 more days of school than a Los Angeles high schooler.

Not enough instructional time with teachers and classmates

At a moment when students need connection with their teachers and classmates more than ever, LAUSD cut instructional time with teachers by nearly 60% from what students would normally get. Other districts are doing much more: high school students in Long Beach are getting twice as much time with their teachers every week.

Not enough support and information for families

LAUSD is leaving out critical information about student progress and curriculum that families need to help their children while they are learning at home. This is especially harmful to students with disabilities and English learners.

Not enough attention to student disconnection

In the Spring, LAUSD’s decision to neither provide video instruction, assess student learning, nor take attendance had a profound impact on students. Many students spent months totally disconnected from school and their peers, putting tens of thousands of students at risk of dropping out. The Fall plan eliminates normal interventions that would help keep students connected.

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