Untold Stories Behind One of America’s Best Urban School Districts

Untold Stories Behind One of America’s Best Urban School Districts

LBUSD is the third largest school district in California - with an annual budget of over $1 billion and a diverse group of almost 78,000 students. From 2011 to 2015, suspensions decreased by 41 percent in California schools, and by 53 percent in LBUSD. This good news begs the question - what are schools doing differently to account for the decline in suspensions? Are a greater number of students ultimately accessing instruction in a positive and engaging learning environment instead of getting pushed out of their schools? Or are students experiencing a different kind of alienation from their school communities that has replaced suspensions?

Untold Stories Behind One of America's Best Urban School Districts focuses on recent education equity and racial justice trends in LBUSD related to school climate. The report explores how students, especially students of color and high-need students — low-income, English Learner, special education, and foster youth — have been impacted in recent years by exclusionary school climate practices. The findings and recommendations in this report seek to encourage more district-community collaboration that supports student learning and a universal pathway to college and career for LBUSD students—particularly high-need students.

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Ending Child Poverty Now: Local Approaches for California

Ending Child Poverty Now

The crisis of child poverty devastates communities across the state. According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s official poverty measure, more than 1.9 million California children lived in poverty in 2015. Child poverty has negative consequences that last a lifetime: poor children are less healthy, less likely to enter school ready to learn, and less likely to graduate from high school than their peers. As a result, these children are more likely to be poor as adults and more likely to become involved in the criminal justice system. The urgent challenge of child poverty leaves community members, policymakers and child advocates asking: what can be done at the local level to lift children out of poverty?

Ending Child Poverty Now: Local Approaches to California outlines six strategic priorities that cities and counties should consider when addressing child poverty. These recommendations were developed after in-depth interviews and discussions with local leaders and policy experts between June and September 2016, in addition to a review of the literature. While this report does not represent an exhaustive evaluation of the many effective local strategies that invest in poor children and families, each strategic priority includes local highlights of significant promising practices for city and county leaders to consider.

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