$25,000 / Spring 2017
Maisie Chin, Executive Director
Los Angeles, CA
CADRE is an independent, community-based parent organization started in 2001 and led by low-income African American and Latino parents/caregivers who reside and/or whose children attend schools in the South Los Angeles region of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). This renewal grant will enable CADRE to develop parent leadership within South Central Los Angeles communities to hold public schools accountable for providing quality opportunities to learn regardless of race and class and ending school push-outs/dropouts. In 2011, CADRE expanded its target outreach to the local teachers’ union (UTLA) to obtain its support of the full implementation of the LAUSD comprehensive school-wide positive behavior support (SWPBS) school discipline policy. Since then, suspension rates in LAUSD have dropped district-wide, but racial disparities persist. In addition, the District has not been in full compliance with SWPBS mandates to engage parents and share disaggregated discipline data publicly. Over the next year, CADRE will continue to organize toward the elimination of the disproportional suspension of African American students; ensure adequate implementation of SWPBS policy; and release a comprehensive “shadow” report to help shift the narrative of how parents of color engage as partners in meaningful school climate transformation. This report will help set up new monitoring priorities in the 2017-18 school year.