Community groups call on LAUSD to invest in our highest needs children


April 7, 2018


Katie Smith, Advancement Project California, Director of Communications,, 323-997-2194

Community groups call on LAUSD to invest in our highest needs children

LAUSD to vote on critical decision to adopt an updated equity funding tool to support high-need schools and improve enrollment

EVENT 1: Press Call on April 9th at 5:00 PM.

EVENT 2: Mobilization at LAUSD on April 10th starting at 4:30 PM.

LOS ANGELES, CA – Equity Alliance for LA’s Kids, a coalition of three organizations including Advancement Project California, Community Coalition and Inner City Struggle, assert that there is sufficient funding from the Governor’s budget to invest equitably in our high and highest needs kids.

SENI 2.0 is an equity-based student need index to inform the allocation of funds so that LAUSD can efficiently address the opportunity gap.

“There is no reason why every child doesn’t receive the best education possible. We believe LAUSD can be a model for the state and the county by passing the Students Equity Needs Index “SENI 2.0” and investing dollars to build a culture of equity,” states John Kim, Executive Director of Advancement Project California.


Event 1: Press Call


• John Kim, Executive Director, Advancement Project California
• Aurea Montes-Rodriguez, Executive Vice President, Community Coalition
• Laura Zavala, Policy Director, InnerCity Struggle
• Brooklyn Reed, senior at Manual Arts High School, Youth Leader at Community Coalition
• Gabrielle Smith, 9th grader at Crenshaw High School, Youth Leader at Community Coalition

WHEN: Monday, April 9th 5:00pm – 5:45pm

WHERE: Conference call (operator assisted)

800-875-3456 (Dial-in 5 minutes prior to the scheduled start time)


Event 2: LAUSD Mobilization


  • Inner City Struggle
  • Community Coalition (including Edna Chavez)
  • Advancement Project California
  • Youth leaders
  • Parent Advocates

WHEN: Tuesday, April 10th at 4:30PM SHARP

WHERE: Front of the LAUSD building at 333 S. Beaudry Los Angeles, CA.

Media interested in learning more about these events and speakers should contact Katie Smith, Advancement Project California, Director of Communications at


About the Equity Alliance for LA’s Kids

Advancement Project California, Community Coalition and Inner City Struggle saw an opportunity to codify LCFF at the local level. We knew we needed the data to illuminate the areas of highest need. There have always been winners and losers, with our low-income students of color getting the short end of the stick. The Equity Alliance for LA’s Kids is looking to fix that problem.


About Advancement Project California

Advancement Project is a next generation, multiracial civil rights organization. In California, the organization champions the struggle for greater equity and opportunity for all, fostering upward mobility in communities most impacted by economic and racial injustice. Advancement Project California builds alliances and trust, uses data-driven policy solutions, creates innovative tools, and works alongside communities to ignite social transformation. For more information, visit On Twitter @AP_California.


About Community Coalition:

For nearly 30 years, Community Coalition has provided a hub to elevate South LA’s voice and empower residents to take control over the future of their neighborhood. Community Coalition

works with residents to build a prosperous and healthy South LA with safe neighborhoods, quality schools, a strong social safety net. The coalition continues to work on positive economic development that reduces crime, poverty and substance abuse in South LA through resident organizing, direct advocacy and community support services. Visit to learn more.


About Inner City Struggle:

InnerCity Struggle has worked with youth and community residents since 1994 to promote safe, healthy and non-violent communities in the Eastside. We organize youth and families in Boyle Heights, unincorporated East Los Angeles, El Sereno and Lincoln Heights to work together for social and educational justice. InnerCity Struggle provides positive after-school programs for students to become involved in supporting our schools to succeed. We have empowered students to reach their family’s dream of college. The work of InnerCity Struggle demonstrates that youth and parents working together are a powerful force for improving their communities and making real change. Visit to learn more.