L.A. Area Chamber Statement On LAUSD Board Of Education Resolution To Endorse Multiple Pathways

October 28, 2008

The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce applauds the Los Angeles Unified School District (L.A.U.S.D.) Board of Education for endorsing multiple pathways as a comprehensive high school reform strategy and resolving today to become the largest Multiple Pathways district in the state by 2016.

The Chamber-supported multiple pathways approach simultaneously prepares students for college and career by integrating college preparatory coursework and career and technical education for all students.  L.A.U.S.D’s Multiple Pathways resolution complements Chamber-sponsored California Multiple Pathways bill (AB 2648) recently signed into law, which lays the foundation for implementing multiple pathways in public high schools across the state.

L.A.U.S.D’s resolution, led by board members Mónica García, Julie Korenstein and Yolie Flores Aguilar, is designed to give L.A. students greater relevance to academic curriculum and firmly rejects a tracking system that provides different curriculum for students depending on whether they are perceived as college or work bound.

“This is a historic moment in which the Los Angeles Unified School District will become one of the largest Multiple Pathway districts in the nation and ensure that all students graduate high school, ready for college and a career,” said Gary Toebben, President & CEO, Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce. “I applaud L.A.U.S.D. for demonstrating this leadership.”

Together with the Regional Economic Association of Leaders (R.E.A.L.) Coalition, an association of 15 business organizations across the state, the L.A. Area Chamber has advocated the multiple pathways approach as a way to demonstrate the connection between learning and earning.  By lending industry expertise and guidance to theme-based programs, businesses can help students, educators and administrators develop coursework that is relevant and inspires youth to succeed.

The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce represents the interests of business in L.A. County. Founded in 1888, the Chamber promotes a prosperous economy and quality of life in the Los Angeles region. For more information, visit www.lachamber.com.

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