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Broad Coalition of Education Stakeholders Call for Continued Work on Teacher Evaluations
OAKLAND, CA (September 01, 2012) – A broad group of teachers, reform minded school districts, business, education advocacy and civil rights organizations continue to work together to improve educator evaluations in California. While the Legislature made the right choice not to act in haste and move California backwards on educator evaluation, the end of the Legislative session on Friday left the Golden State without an immediate solution. Now is the time for visionary and inspired state leaders to partner with teachers, students, parents, business and civic leaders to usher in robust teacher evaluations that will provide our hard working teachers the meaningful feedback and support needed to ensure all students have access to effective teaching. In the closing days of the Legislative session, the broad coalition of education advocates from throughout the state spoke loud and clear in their call for multiple measure teacher evaluations, including student assessment data, that will advance a high-quality education for all. Coalition members included: Alliance for a Better Community (ABC); Bay Area Council; Children Now; Democrats for Education Reform (DFER); Educators 4 Excellence – Los Angeles (E4E); EdVoice; Families In Schools (FIS); Great Oakland Public Schools; Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD); National Council of La Raza (NCLR); Parent Revolution; Reading and Beyond; Southern Christian Leadership Conference of Greater Los Angeles (SCLC); StudentsFirst; Students Matter; Teachers for a New Unionism; Teach Plus Los Angeles; The California Business Roundtable; The California Chamber of Commerce; The College Ready Promise; The Education Trust–West; and United Way of Greater Los Angeles.
About Alliance for a Better Community (ABC): The Alliance for a Better Community (ABC) promotes equity for Latinos in education, health, economic development and civic engagement for the betterment of the Los Angeles region. About Bay Area Council: The Bay Area Council is a CEO-led business organization working to make the San FranciscoSilicon Valley Bay Area the most innovative, economically productive and sustainable region in the world.
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About Children Now: Children Now is the leading, nonpartisan, multi-issue research, policy development, and advocacy organization dedicated to promoting children's health and education in California and creating national media policies that support child development. About Democrats for Education Reform (DFER): California Democrats for Education Reform (DFER) is a political action committee whose mission is to encourage a more productive dialogue within the Democratic Party on the need to fundamentally reform American K-12 public education. DFER operates on all levels of government to educate elected officials and support reform-minded candidates for public office. About Educators 4 Excellence–Los Angeles (E4E): Educators 4 Excellence (E4E), a student-focused, teacher-led organization, works to ensure that the voices of classroom teachers are included in the creation of policies that shape our classrooms and careers. About EdVoice: EdVoice is a nonprofit grassroots network of parents, community leaders, educators, and the state’s leading education philanthropists, working together to be heard and give children a voice in the decision making process in Sacramento and throughout California. EdVoice works to improve measurable student achievement and eliminate educational inequality in California. About Families In Schools (FIS): The mission of Families In Schools (FIS) is to involve parents and communities in their children’s education to achieve lifelong success. About Great Oakland Public Schools: Great Oakland Public Schools is a nonprofit membership organization that connects and activates an informed community network to advance policies that ensure all Oakland students have the opportunity to attend quality public schools. About Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD): At Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), our focus is on student learning and achievement. Our job is to create conditions and environments for students to flourish and to build a culture of curiosity and a community of life-long learners. Our vision is that every student will receive a quality education in a safe, caring environment, and will be collegeprepared and career-ready. To realize our vision, we must work together and focus on our mission of serving all students every day. LAUSD will provide high-quality instruction and a rigorous curriculum in every classroom to facilitate student learning and achievement. About National Council of La Raza (NCLR): National Council of La Raza (NCLR)—the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States—works to improve opportunities for Hispanic Americans. About Parent Revolution: Parent Revolution is dedicated to transforming public education by empowering parents to transform their children's low performing schools through community organizing. About Reading and Beyond: Reading and Beyond is dedicated to improving the academic success of children. From birth through high school, our programs prepare young children for kindergarten, tutor school-age students to grade-level reading, teach parents to support them in school, and help families by encouraging healthy lifestyle habits.
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About Southern Christian Leadership Conference of Greater Los Angeles (SCLC): The mission of the SCLC of Greater Los Angeles is to promote the philosophy of its founder Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., of non-violent progressive social change. For more information and to get involved, please call (323) 290-4100 or visit sclclosangeles.org. About StudentsFirst: StudentsFirst is a bipartisan grassroots movement of more than 1 million members nationwide, working to focus our education system on what's best for students. Today, too many of America's children are not getting the quality education they need and deserve. StudentsFirst is helping to change that with common sense reforms that help make sure all students have great schools and great teachers. We are working to ensure educators are valued for the critical role they play in kids' lives, families have high-quality school choices and a real say in their child's education, and our tax dollars are spent wisely on what works for kids. Launched by former Washington D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee in December 2010, StudentsFirst has successfully helped pass more than 70 student-centered policies in 17 states, and our movement continues to grow. About Students Matter: Students Matter is a 501(c)(3) organization that was founded to change outdated and harmful state laws that prevent the recruitment, support and retention of effective teachers. About Teachers for a New Unionism: Teachers for a New Unionism supports broadened participation by classroom teachers in teacher union governance and policy-making. About Teach Plus Los Angeles: Teach Plus is a national non-profit based in Boston whose mission is to improve outcomes for urban children by ensuring that a greater proportion of students have access to effective, experienced teachers. Teach Plus runs three programs designed to place teacher leaders at the center of reform: Teaching Policy Fellows, the T+ Network, and T3: Turnaround Teacher Teams. The programs focus on demonstrably effective teachers who want to continue classroom teaching while also expanding their impact as leaders in their schools and in national, state, and district policy. Teach Plus began with 16 founding teachers from urban district and charter schools in Greater Boston. Since its inception as a non-profit in August 2009, Teach Plus has grown to a network of more than 10,000 solutions-oriented teachers in six major cities across the country. About The California Business Roundtable: The California Business Roundtable is a non-partisan organization comprised of the senior executive leadership of the major employers throughout the state – with a combined workforce of more than half a million employees. For more than thirty-five years the Roundtable has identified the issues critical to a healthy business climate and provided the leadership needed to strengthen California’s economy and create jobs. About The California Chamber of Commerce: For more than 120 years, California Chamber of Commerce (CalChamber) has been a nonprofit organization committed to helping California businesses survive and thrive while complying with complex laws and regulations. CalChamber serves as an advocate and resource for California employers and works to enhance the California economy and make the state a better place to live, work and do business. The chambers' more than 13,000 members are a diverse group, ranging from companies such as Microsoft and the Walt Disney Corporation to local companies with a handful of employees.
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About The College Ready Promise: The College-Ready Promise is a coalition of four Charter Management Organizations (CMOs) who have committed to implement teacher and administrator effectiveness reforms that lead to students graduating college-ready. This partnership serves primarily low-income and minority students in Los Angeles and other communities in California. The coalition includes the Alliance College-Ready Public Schools, Aspire Public Schools, Green Dot Public Schools, and Partnerships to Uplift Communities. These organizations currently serve more than 30,000 students in 93 public schools. About The Education Trust–West: The Education Trust—West works for the high academic achievement of all students at all levels, pre-k through college. We expose opportunity and achievement gaps that separate students of color and low-income students from other youth, and we identify and advocate for the strategies that will forever close those gaps. About United Way of Greater Los Angeles: Our mission is to improve the quality of life for everyone in Greater Los Angeles by creating pathways out of poverty.
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