Welcome to Speak UP, a new grassroots movement dedicated to giving voice to California’s parents and families. This is your space: an opportunity to share your opinion, learn about the issues and join in the decision-making process that determines how our children are educated.
In the coming weeks, we hope that this site will provide a space to reflect on the issues and concerns identified by our members, including you. Our goal is to help you stay informed and engaged.
Our initial local focus will be on Los Angeles Unified, the nation’s second-largest school district. There has never been a more pivotal time in LAUSD’s history: District enrollment is declining, and finances are in jeopardy, despite increased state funding. The majority of LAUSD’s students still can’t read at grade level, and most who graduate are not prepared for college or post-secondary careers. Many parents feel the district is unresponsive when they seek to improve the quality of education, introduce innovative curriculum or increase local autonomy at their children’s schools. Outside the school and district building walls, a heated controversy is raging over the best way to improve educational outcomes for the most students. Parent voices are critical to this conversation.
Speak UP will make sure parents have the information and platform to influence the decision-making process. We will follow board meetings and analyze how board decisions will affect you.
Most importantly, we will invite input from our members about LAUSD actions and policies and how they affect your schools and your children. We will provide information about local activities, important board decisions, upcoming elections and opportunities for our members to become engaged in the policy-making and electoral processes.
We will also track important events in Sacramento, both in the legislature and at the California Department of Education. We will provide information about pending legislation of interest to parents and schools, significant actions by the State Board of Education and CDE.
We want to be your resource for the latest news, information, discussions and analysis on education in California and in your neighborhood. We want to connect you to the opportunities to take action on the issues that reflect our values.