LAUSD, UTLA Leadership Enter into Bold Partnership

December 14, 2016 10:00 am
by L.A. Area Chamber

enters kindergarten ready to succeed in school and life is bigger than any one organization,” said Kim Belshé, Executive Director of First 5 LA, a leading early childhood advocacy organization and a signer of the L.A. Compact. “It requires strong collaboration and a bold commitment to large-scale change, especially as we look at how our systems can better support children of today to grow into the skilled, competitive workforce of tomorrow. That’s why we are excited to have these distinguished leaders join the L.A. Compact and partner with us in this critically-important effort to build positive, successful educational pathways from cradle to career.”

L.A. Compact partners have driven several collaborative initiatives to improve student success along the cradle to career pipeline:

  • Mayor Eric Garcetti announced a landmark L.A. College Promise to provide 1 year free community college tuition to LAUSD graduates at LACCD campuses. L.A. Compact partners LACCD, LAUSD, and the L.A. Chamber have been working to launch the initiative for the class of 2017.
  • LAUSD and eight university and college Schools of Education formed the Los Angeles Educator Pathways Partnership and signed a landmark MOU to share student, candidate, and teacher data in order to investigate best practices and drive continuous improvement in educator preparation, placement, and induction.
  • The L.A. Compact Joint Advocacy Workgroup has represented a united voice in Sacramento and D.C. to advocate for policies in support of public education in Los Angeles, helping secure hundreds of millions in funding from early childhood to higher education.
  • The Los Angeles Community Development Department, LAUSD, and the Los Angeles Workforce Investment Board developed a comprehensive dropout recovery system involving 16 YouthSource “dropout recovery” centers with co-located LAUSD student counselors. Older youth may also receive training and subsidized work experience to connect them back to the workforce. In the first seven months, the dropout recovery system reached out to over 5,000 young people, assessed over 3,000, enrolled 2,100 in the Youth WIA program, and returned 800 young people to school.
  • A. Compact partners jointly submitted a proposal and won a $5 million federal i3 grant to support 60,000 students at some of LAUSD’s lowest achieving schools through the Public School Choice initiative. Through the grant, the L.A. Compact also launched the Los Angeles School Development Institute (LASDI), a partnership between UTLA, AALA, and LAUSD to support schools in developing and implementing school turnaround plans. LASDI provided over 24,000 hours of personalized coaching support to over 100 PSC schools.
  • The Aspen Forum for Community Solutions selected Los Angeles as one of 21 communities nationwide to participate in a new Opportunity Youth Incentive Fund. The L.A. Compact launched the LA Opportunity Youth Collaborative to improve pathways to education and employment for transition‐age foster youth. L.A. County designated at least $1 million each year to target foster youth for subsidized work experiences, increasing foster youth participation in the summer jobs program from 225 in 2013 to over 800 in 2015.
  • The L.A. Compact launched an effort in partnership with First 5 LA and Children Now to explore the adoption of a common Kindergarten Readiness Assessment across L.A. County schools.


The L.A. Compact is a bold commitment by Los Angeles leaders from the education, business, government, labor and nonprofit sectors to transform education outcomes from cradle to career, ensuring that today’s youth have the skills necessary to compete and succeed in a 21st century global workforce, and contribute to and positively shape a global society. The L.A. Compact promotes the continuous improvement of an education system that maximizes the potential of all Los Angeles children and young adults and thereby strengthens our region’s and society’s civic health.  The L.A. Compact is convened by UNITE-LA, a non-profit, independent affiliate of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce.

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The L.A. Compact has grown from 19 to 24 signers. Current signatories include:

  • A. Mayor Eric Garcetti
  • A. City Council President Herb J. Wesson, Jr.
  • A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas
  • Michelle King, LAUSD Superintendent
  • Steve Zimmer, LAUSD Board President
  • Juan A. Flecha, President, Associated Administrators of Los Angeles
  • Alex Caputo-Pearl, President, United Teachers Los Angeles
  • Debra Duardo, LACOE Superintendent
  • Gary Toebben, President & CEO, Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Rusty Hicks, Executive Secretary-Treasurer, Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO
  • Elise Buik, President & CEO, United Way of Greater Los Angeles
  • Kim Belshé, Executive Director, First 5 L.A.
  • Chris Kimball, President, California Lutheran University
  • Soraya M. Coley, President, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
  • Willie J. Hagan, President, California State University, Dominguez Hills
  • William A. Covino, President, California State University, Los Angeles
  • Dianne F. Harrison, President, California State University, Northridge
  • Francisco C. Rodriguez, Chancellor, Los Angeles Community College District
  • Timothy Law Snyder, President, Loyola Marymount University
  • Ann McElaney-Johnson, President, Mount St. Mary's College
  • Andrew K. Benton, President, Pepperdine University
  • Gene D. Block, Chancellor, University of California, Los Angeles
  • L. Max Niklas, President, University of Southern California
  • Luis Ma. R. Calingo, Former President, Woodbury University



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