Reclaim Our Schools LA is a diverse coalition of parents, educators, students, school staff, and community organizations working to improve access and advance opportunities in public education for all students in Los Angeles.
California is the 5th largest economy in the world. Yet our state is 46th in the nation in per pupil spending, at approximately $11,000 per student annually. Our coalition works with educational justice groups, elected officials, and grassroots communities to ensure that our students have access to the resources they need to succeed. That’s why we support the 20 x 20 Campaign – with the goal of increasing spending to $20,000 per student per year by the year 2020.
We also envision every public school to be the heart of the community. Along with prominent academics, researchers, and public school leaders, we are working with LAUSD to transform our neighborhood schools into Community Schools. The Community Schooling approach combines community partnerships and services with parent, teacher and student involvement. It includes restorative justice practices, reciprocal education pedagogy, and shared leadership to dramatically expand educational opportunities for our students. Our coalition is working with LAUSD to adopt a district-wide strategy that puts us on a path to make each and every neighborhood public school a great school.