January 11, 2012

Statement by Ama Nyamekye of E4E-LA on what will be lost if half a billion is cut from LAUSD's budget

"California already spends less per pupil than almost every state in the country and deeper cuts to our schools will only put the futures of more children at risk. For starters, teachers in Los Angeles were recently given the unprecedented opportunity to re-design their schools to fit their students needs. Simultaneously, teachers are piloting a new multi-measured evaluation system. The proposed budget cuts would jeopardize our ability to implement these new plans. Teachers aren't asking for a blank check without accountability. We need resources to support bold new policies for lifting achievement and turning around struggling schools. Therefore, we want to see a balanced approach to raising revenues and allocating dollars responsibly and transparently to maximize student achievement and hold all educators accountable for results."