Close The Gap Resolution Sets Ambitious Goals, But Who Will be Held Accountable For Results?

Imagine if every third grader in LAUSD aced the state assessments, and if every high school graduate met the requirements to apply to a California four-year university. Board President Monica Garcia’s new “Close The Gap” resolution aspires to reach these and other lofty goals within just five years.

The Board is set to vote Tuesday on the resolution from Garcia (BD2) and co-sponsor Richard Vladovic (BD7), which also calls for 100 percent of students identified as English Learners in kindergarten or first grade to be reclassified as Fluent English Proficient by the end of sixth grade and 100 percent of high school students to successfully complete at least one Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate or one semester of community college courses before they finish high school.

The United Way of Greater Los Angeles and Communities for Los Angeles Student Success (CLASS), which operates under the auspices of United Way, championed the Close The Gap resolution. Speak UP is one of over 70 network partners in the CLASS coalition, which represents over 150,000 constituents.

“We think that the Board has done some amazing work in the last few months to really double down on their commitment to equity and to rigorous classes for our kids,” said Sara Mooney, Education Program Officer at United Way of Greater Los Angeles. “The Close the Gap resolution is another opportunity to build on that momentum.” Click here to read more: