Marilyn’s Plan for Los Angeles Schools
Building an Open, Accessible, and Collaborative Public Education System for the Future of Los Angeles
Increase Community and Parent Engagement
I believe that we need to engage parents in a meaningful way by implementing a flow of information that respects parents as partners to the district. There are digital solutions and technology that provide equitable access for all parents regardless of status. At Granada Hills, I increased parent engagement by implementing text-based parent surveys and the implementation of a mobile app that gives parents easy access to what is going on at their child’s school.
We need a transparent budget process. It should not be difficult to see where money is being spent in our children’s schools. Parents and our community need to see and understand the district’s convoluted budget so we can restore trust in the district and make public education work for students again.
Future Proofing LAUSD
We need to look into the future and leave the past behind when it comes to planning education for our children. We need to reverse engineer programs from the workforce to give our children the tools they need to be successful and future-proof our schools. One startling statistic is that only 40 percent of high schools in California have a course that teaches computer science to students. That is unacceptable in today’s society since computing jobs are the number one source of new wages in the current economy.