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L.A. Area Chamber Supports Collaborative Approach of LAUSD's Strategic Plan

Chamber Continues to Support Steps to Ensure Students Are College Prepared and Career Ready

LOS ANGELES, CA — The L.A. Area Chamber of Commerce today applauded the goals outlined in Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Superintendent Michelle King’s 2016-2017 Strategic Plan, presented during her first State of the District address at the annual LAUSD Administrators meeting.

King’s top priorities included increasing graduation rates, giving the school communities more autonomy for decision making, ensuring students are college prepared and workforce ready, expanding the number of students in Linked Learning programs, allocating limited resources to schools with greatest need, increasing attendance rates and working closely with parents for student success. King added that in order to achieve these goals, a team-driven approach would be critical. 

“Superintendent King’s Strategic Plan had an essential component – collaboration. The goals are aggressive and in need of everyone working together so that our students can achieve,” said David Rattray, executive vice president, Education & Workforce Development at the L.A. Area Chamber of Commerce. “At the Chamber, we know well the value of partnerships and stand with the District to continue our support in developing students who become productive, successful members of society.”


King addressed the many factors needed for students to be college prepared and career ready, noting the current business climate. The Chamber through its affiliate program, UNITE-LA, has been dedicated to preparing students with the knowledge, skills and values they need to succeed in college, career and civic life.


“The Chamber applauds Superintendent King’s vision to ensure every student not only does well in school, but is also educated to compete in a 21st century global marketplace,” Rattray added. “Superintendent King recognizes this work begins in pre-school and needs to be cultivated throughout the span of a student’s entire education. The Chamber and our business partners look forward to supporting this endeavor.  Our competitive, ever-changing workforce depends on it.”


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