The Los Angeles Unified School District has announced the launch of a $3 million fund that will pool philanthropic resources in support of its students, teachers, and families.
The Fund for Equity and Excellence will support the district's efforts to improve student attendance, close the opportunity gap for underserved students, increase high-quality learning opportunities for all students, and better engage the school community, including families, students, and educators. Grants will support a wide range of efforts, including a review of how LAUSD operates to ensure that its schools are equitable, healthy places to teach and learn; more dialogue between school officials and the students and families they serve; and hiring talent that complements teams in place and reflects current levels of resources.
The initial funding partners for the effort include the Ballmer Group, the California Community Foundation, the California Endowment, the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, and the Weingart Foundation. Funding is expected to increase over time with the addition of other partners and increased commitments by the founding partners.
"I am grateful for the support of the philanthropic community for public education in Los Angeles," said LAUSD superintendent Austin Beutner. "This is a tremendous step for Los Angeles and Los Angeles Unified. All of us are working together for the same common objective — to make sure every child receives a great education."
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