LOS ANGELES -- Flanked by L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti, LAUSD Board President Steve Zimmer and LAUSD students, LAUSD Superintendent Michelle King and United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) President Alex Caputo-Pearl today signed the L.A. Compact, uniting the district, Greater Los Angeles civic leadership and the district's teachers in a groundbreaking partnership that brings together a broad coalition of governmental, business, non-profit and civic organizations.
The L.A. Compact is a bold agreement to break its signatories free from their traditional silos to focus on collaborative and innovative strategies to achieve three system-wide goals for Los Angeles youth:
- All students graduate from high school
- All students have access to and are prepared for success in college
- All students have access to pathways to sustainable jobs and careers
Los Angeles County Office of Education Superintendent Debra Duardo also joined King and Caputo-Pearl today as a new signer of the Compact at a ceremony held in the library of the Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools Campus on Wilshire Blvd. where the Ambassador Hotel once stood.
“Today’s signing of the L.A. Compact affirms a community-wide collaboration to provide Los Angeles students with access to a world-class public education from pre-kindergarten through graduation. We are stronger united, and I am proud to be part of this powerful movement,” said Superintendent King.
“As a union representing 33,000 educators, and as an organization committed to the struggle for social and educational justice, UTLA is excited to join the LA Compact. Together, we can build towards the vision of high-quality schools serving students of all ages, and acting as hubs in empowered communities,” Caputo-Pearl said.
“The success and well-being of our children is everyone’s responsibility: the school district and City Hall, business and labor, the private sector and nonprofits, and educators at all levels working together,” said Mayor Garcetti. “The L.A. Compact puts our complete collaboration into action — by committing us to giving all of our students the tools and resources they need to maximize their potential, achieve in the classroom, and follow their dreams.”
"It is a good day when so many of the critical players in education in Los Angeles can stand together, arm in arm, signing on to a plan with clear goals and measures that will ensure that we work together in supporting a new generations of students from the earliest years all the way to sustainable jobs and careers,” said Board President Zimmer. “Through this important Compact we are sending a clear message that here in Los Angeles dreams come true through public education."
Also participating in today's event were:
- Los Angeles Community College District Chancellor Dr. Francisco Rodriguez
- Associated Administrators of Los Angeles President Juan Flecha
- Cal State L.A. President Dr. William Covino
- First 5 L.A. Executive Director Kim Belshé
- UNITE-LA President and Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Vice President, Education & Workforce Development, David Rattray
"The Chamber is a proud signer of the L.A. Compact because, as the voice of business, we know that providing a quality education for our youth positively impacts the bottom line of our businesses — and the quality of life for the families in our community," said Gary Toebben, President & CEO of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce. "Our ability to compete in a global economy is directly tied to the quality of our workforce, and the youth of today represent the talent of tomorrow for our employers.”
“The L.A. Compact has the synergy to bring together the district, administrators, teachers, institutions of higher education, business and philanthropic partners to leverage financial, human and political capital to effectively serve the families of Los Angeles County — the most populous county in the state,” said Associated Administrators of Los Angeles President Juan Flecha said.
“When it comes to forging clear pathways for educational access and lifting degree attainment for Los Angeles students, we’re all in. This Compact is a perfect complement to the LA College Promise and our already existing university transfer agreements – both geared to eliminate barriers to college and build a college-going culture,” said LACCD Chancellor Francisco Rodriguez
"We welcome the opportunity to work collaboratively to transform education in Los Angeles and help students achieve their dreams of a university degree,” said Cal State LA President William A. Covino.
“Ensuring every child