The Status Quo

We believe the status quo in public education is failing to provide millions of children with the education they need to have the future they deserve. This is unacceptable.

In districts throughout Los Angeles, California, and the nation, we see unacceptable academic outcomes - particularly for low-income students and students of color - that no parent should have to accept for their child.

In Compton, CA - where parents made history by organizing the first use of California's historic Parent Trigger law - less than half their students graduate from high school, and less than 2% make it to college. The average student within Compton Unified is almost 40 times more likely to drop out of high school than they are to make it to college.

In Los Angeles Unified, just over half of students graduate from high school. Only 38% of African-American students are proficient in English. And almost one-third of English Language Learners who enter the district in early primary grades are still classified as English Language Learners when they reach 9th grade.

And throughout the country, statistics aren't much better. Every day, 7,000 students drop out of school, which means they are 63 times more likely to be incarcerated than if they had graduated from college. And we are plagued by an enormous achievement gap, with Latino and African-American twelfth grade students achieving at the level of eighth grade white students.

Not only is this status quo unacceptable, but we know that it does not have to be this way. Every single day, we see examples of high performing district schools and charter schools proving that demography is not destiny, and that children in every single zip code in America are capable of learning at a high level.