L.A. Compact Wins $5 Million Federal i3 Grant

August 6, 2010 8:00 am

LOS ANGELES (August 6, 2010) — Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent Ramon Cortines; LAUSD Board President Mónica García; L.A. Area Chamber Immediate Past Chair Fran Inman; United Way of Greater Los Angeles President & CEO Elise Buik; and other signatories of the historic L.A. Compact announced Friday that the U.S. Department of Education has identified the Compact proposal, “L.A.'s Bold Competition — Turning Around and Operating Its Low-Performing Schools,” as one of 49 highest-rated applications for the 2010 Investing in Innovation Fund (i3) competition.

The L.A. Compact/LAUSD proposal was selected from a pool of 1,700 applications from all over the country, and will receive a grant for $5 million over three years to support about 60,000 students at some of the district’s lowest achieving schools.

The resources will be used to bolster support mechanisms for design teams and selected teams through the Los Angeles School Development Institute (LASDI), and IDivision (LAUSD), enhance the Public School Choice Selection Process, support the implementation of the instructional plans of the selected teams and implement accountability and continuous improvement measures.

The application received letters of support from a diverse group of stakeholders including the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) with Associated Administrators of Los Angeles (AALA), the California Charter Schools Association and the L.A. Higher Education Collaborative.

Signed in February 2010, the L.A. Compact is a commitment by all signors to focus on boosting high school graduation rates, better preparing students for college, and providing students more opportunities and access to meaningful jobs and careers.

Signers of the L.A. Compact include Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa; Los Angeles City Council President Eric Garcetti; Ramon Cortines, Superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District; Monica Garcia, Board President of Los Angeles Unified School District; Gary Toebben, President and CEO of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce; Elise Buik, President & CEO of the United Way of Greater Los Angeles; Judith Perez, President of the Associated Administrators of Los Angeles; Maria Elena Durazo, executive secretary-treasurer of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor/AFL-CIO; and the top officials from 11 colleges and universities in the Los Angeles area.  The funding for the application was provided by California Community Foundation and United Way of Greater Los Angeles.

More information about the L.A. Compact and its signatories can be found at www.lacompact.org or by calling the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce at 213.580.7544.  Statements from L.A. Compact signers can be found below.

Jack O’Connell, State Superintendent of Public Instruction
“I am delighted that the L.A. Compact reform plan was selected through this highly competitive process for funding.  I look forward to seeing more California students graduate ready for college and careers as a result of the investment in this program, and hope that our public education system will benefit from the lessons learned from the L.A. Compact.”

Antonio Villaraigosa, Los Angeles City Mayor
“The L.A. Compact is an innovative partnership that unites all stakeholders under a common goal: to put our children first and make their education our top priority,” Mayor Villaraigosa said.  “Today, the L.A. Compact is being recognized for its success in education reform with a $5 million grant through the federal Investing in Innovation (i3) program.  The i3 grant program rewards creative, outside-the-box thinking.  That is what earned the L.A. Compact this grant, and that is exactly what the grant will help us continue to do: fund new pilot programs and continue to offer more and better choices to LA students and their families through the Public School Choice Program.”

Ramon Cortines, Superintendent, Los Angeles Unified School District
“Winning this federal grant despite tough competition validates that this district can compete as well as our commitment to reform,” said LAUSD Superintendent Ramon Cortines.  “It is also a vote of confidence for the power of collaboration and partnerships of the L.A. Compact.  By working together, we will realize our vision of all students graduating from our public schools, college-prepared and career- ready.”

Mónica García, Board President, Los Angeles Unified School District
“We welcome support from the Federal Government to fuel the exciting work that LAUSD and our partners are leading on the ground.  The i3 Grant will help us move faster in scaling up “Reform the L.A. Way.”

Elise Buik, President & CEO, United Way of Greater Los Angeles
“We’re very excited to be a part of this work. It’s great to see that the Obama Administration recognizes that we’re serious about education reform in Los Angeles. We got here because of the strong partnerships between business, civic and education leaders and look forward to improving educational outcomes for all students.”  

Fran Inman, Immediate Past Chair, L.A. Area Chamber of Commerce
“The Chamber is thrilled to see our city and students benefit from such a significant federal investment in education.  We would like to thank President Obama and Secretary Duncan for their commitment to innovation and collaboration.  By strengthening partnerships and leveraging resources, we can better prepare our students for the 21st century workforce and the global economy.”

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