High-Quality Neighborhood Schools
LAUSD has made progress since the days Eduardo attended District 5 schools, but there is still more work to be done. We can do better. Eduardo will fight to ensure all our schools are high-quality neighborhood schools that adequately serve all students – including special education students, English-language learners (ELLs), and DACA students – at every grade level.
Eduardo will make sure schools have the support and flexibility they need to implement developmental programs that serve students of all populations and needs, programs such as the Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) program, which he directly benefited from as a student in elementary school at Miles Elementary School. He is also a staunch supporter of bilingual education and Dual Language programs. His wife attended a Dual Language public school from K-8th grade and his mother-in-law is a Two-way English Spanish Immersion Program elementary school teacher.
Full Support for Teachers and Principals
We need to do everything we can to support teacher success. Eduardo comes from a family of educators. Several of his family members are LAUSD teachers, and he married into a family of public school teachers, so he understands firsthand that teachers and principals need additional support and professional development. They should also have the flexibility to implement approaches that work for their schools and students.
Adequate Funding for Our Classrooms
Eduardo will work to ensure that schools have the full resources they need to adequately serve our students, with less bureaucracy from Beaudry. He knows governments and has worked in Washington, D.C. so he is ready to hit the halls of Sacramento and Capitol Hill to lobby for more resources for the LAUSD. He will also fight to reduce class size so that students are able to succeed academically and have lifelong success.
Reading Proficiency by 3rd Grade
Reading proficiency by 3rd grade is the most important predictor of high school graduation and career success. Yet year after year, more than 80 percent of low-income children miss this crucial milestone. We have to do better by our kids, and Eduardo will do everything in his power to make sure all LAUSD kids are reading proficiency by the 3rd grade.
Early Childhood Education
We have to start early with our kid’s education, and every student should have access to high-quality Early Childhood Education (ECE) and preschool programming. Eduardo knows ECE programming is essential to ensuring cognitive and language development so that our children are able to understand, process, and to produce language and have success throughout their entire academic career. Eduardo will work to ensure parents are aware of the ECE programs and will work to make sure there is equal access to these programs in low-income communities.
College and Career Readiness Pathways
As an LAUSD high school graduate, Eduardo wholeheartedly supports efforts to align high school graduation requirements with college entry requirements (A-G Requirements). High school graduates should be adequately prepared and eligible to apply and attend four-year universities, if they choose to do so. This is personal to Eduardo because he was one of those LAUSD high school graduates that wasn’t fully prepared upon entry to his four-year university and ended up in remedial courses, and almost didn’t reach his graduation goals. It was this experience that has led him to make increasing the rigor of our graduation requirements a top priority. He will work to ensure that all students are graduating fully prepared for college or careers, and will work with the higher education institutions on this issue.
Dual Enrollment, Partnership, and Youth Employment Programs
Eduardo fully supports innovative school-to-work pathways, programs such as the Dual Enrollment partnership with the L.A. Community College System that allows students to fulfill high school graduation requirements while simultaneously gaining college or vocational credits toward a certificate, diploma, or a college degree. He wants to see more programs like these and programs like the WIOA-funded Youth Summer Job Training program. He knows firsthand the potential of these programs and the role they play in preparing students with the skills they need in order to be successful in college or to step seamlessly into competitive jobs because he personally benefited from these programs. He also wants to expand partnership programs with the Building Trades Council and local trades unions.
Parent and Family Engagement
We need to support meaningful parent engagement. Eduardo believes parents need to be at the table and engaged in a thoughtful, genuine, and meaningful way. He sees the need to move into the 21st Century when it comes to parent engagement, and wants to pursue innovative ways to engage parents via texting and other digital forms of communication. Eduardo also wants to make sure Parent Centers have the adequate support and resources they need to support meaningful parent and family engagement, with a dedicated full-time Representative at each school.
Strong Unions and Teacher Voice
In addition to prioritizing additional resources in the classroom, Eduardo supports strong unions and strong teacher, educator, and education worker voice so that all LAUSD staff can join together to advocate for themselves. He supports unions for all educators with the power to bargain collectively and join a union without fear of retaliation.
Support for Students and Student Voice
Eduardo will do everything he can to support students success. LAUSD students should have a strong voice and power to advocate for their needs and should have a say in policies that affect them directly, particularly around addressing bullying, behavioral problems, after-school programs and extracurricular activities. He believes they should have a say on instruction, AP classes, and other college-level curricula and programming.
Vibrant, Safe Community Schools and School Environments
Eduardo will make sure all District 5 schools are clean, safe, and welcoming, beautiful source of community pride. All LAUSD schools should be vibrant community schools that serve as an information hub and a one-stop shop for parents and families. When Eduardo worked for the LAUSD he helped build new LAUSD that were accessible, state-of-the-art and community-oriented. He will work with students, families, teachers, and community partners to lift them up as the key centers of our neighborhoods that they are.