In the past several years, the efforts of a community organizing group, a dedicated group of teachers, an array of community partners, the students, and the parents converged to demand change in East LA-- and to make it a reality.
Will we choose to ensure our children get the education they deserve and invest in California's economic future? Or will we retreat from our commitment to each other and allow the worst cuts to education that our state has ever seen?
It has taken years for California to seriously consider raising its own taxes to invest in a school system that is 47th out of 50 states in per pupil spending. We owe it to every voter, family and student to invest wisely in California's future.
I recently heard a story that explains why the community schools model -- a reform approach I've been touting for about twenty years now -- is so effective at helping children succeed in the classroom.
It appears that, as a policy framework, we have left school officials with ineffective options with potentially harmful consequences for dealing with deeply troubled youth in a victim-bullying construct.