Statement on Incoming LAUSD Superintendent

May 1, 2018 | Sandy Mendoza, Director of Advocacy, Families In Schools Families In Schools looks forward to working with newly appointed Superintendent Austin Beutner.  We are eager to support efforts that ensure an equitable and quality education is accessible to all students. Parents need to feel confident that this Superintendent will listen to their concerns and collaborate with them in authentic ways that demonstrate he is a leader for all, not for some. We […]

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LA Padres: La lucha de una madre por el éxito de su hijo autista

LA School Report | Esmeralda Fabián Romero | March 21, 2018 Lisette Duarte, directora de proyectos para el empoderamiento de padres de la Sociedad de Autismo de Los Ángeles, sabe de primera mano que las familias con niños autistas enfrentan más que solo una falta de conciencia acerca de sus necesidades. Para ser la mejor defensora de su hijo, ella tuvo que dejar su trabajo e incluso perder su casa. “Tuve que renunciar a mi trabajo, mi […]

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LA parent voice: A mom’s fight for the success of her autistic son

LA School Report | Esmeralda Fabián Romero | March 21, 2018 Lisette Duarte, project director of the Parent Empowerment Project of the Autism Society of Los Angeles, knows first-hand that families with autistic children face more than just a lack of awareness about their needs. In order to be her son’s best advocate, she left her job and even was homeless for a time. “I had to quit my job, my husband had to quit his job, […]

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LA parent voice: What do I do when educators don’t believe my child can learn?

LA School Report | Esmeralda Fabián Romero | March 7, 2018 When Elizabeth Gómez was told by school administrators that her fourth-grade son can’t and won’t learn because he has Down syndrome, she made it her mission to find the right supports for her son to demonstrate that he can. She knew he could learn, because he had learned math concepts at a private preschool in Santa Monica, and later a tutor affirmed he was […]

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LA parent voice: How do you get the right support for your child with special needs?

LA School Report | Esmeralda Fabián Romero | February 28, 2018 Nearly 84,000 students in LA Unified are enrolled in some type of special education program or receive special support. But what the school has to offer may not be enough for a child to succeed in school to his or her potential. Mary Lee, a mother from South Los Angeles whose son was diagnosed with ADHD at an early age and later with Asperger […]

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