Read LA!

Read LA! is a campaign to ensure that all of Los Angeles’ students can read and thrive.

Focused on reversing the decades-long literacy crisis in our city, our coalition of partners will build commitments from leaders throughout L.A. to elevate early literacy as a top priority. We will partner with LAUSD to ensure that all children receive effective literacy instruction, engage and equip families of young children to support their children’s literacy at home, and help address other barriers to children’s early literacy development. AND we will build a movement, led by parents, to advocate to state legislators to pass legislation to ensure that all literacy instruction in public schools is aligned to evidence-based practices and the science of reading.

Our Goal:  By 2030, 70% of all students will read proficiently by the end of third grade.

Campaign Updates

Assemblymember Blanca Rubio has introduced AB2222 to ensure all kids can read by addressing one of the biggest barriers to learning to read: effective literacy instruction.  Families In Schools is proud to co-sponsor this bill along with EdVoice and Decoding Dyslexia California.

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FIS’ Announcement in Support of AB2222

List of Supporters

L.A. Literacy Landscape Report

Families In Schools’ groundbreaking report on the early literacy crisis serves to elevate public awareness and mobilize the leadership of Los Angeles and California to prioritize literacy as a civil right for all of its children.

Family Version of Literacy Report

In this family version of our literacy report in English and Spanish, we offer a set of recommendations for LAUSD families to ensure that solving the literacy crisis is a shared effort inside and outside the classroom.

Campaign Launch Event

Families In Schools launched ReadLA! on November 14, 2023, bringing together over 100 leaders, parents and students. LeVar Burton, actor, advocate and producer of the documentary The Right to Read, and LAUSD Superintendent Alberto Carvalho engaged in a conversation about what it will take to ensure all students are reading on grade level.

Other panelists included Dr. Karla Estrada, LAUSD Deputy Superintendent; Dr. Genesis Aguirre, Literacy Coach at Esperanza Elementary; Dr. Magaly Lavadenz, Center for Equity for English Learners at Loyola Marymount University; and Balbina Hernandez, parent at Esperanza Elementary.


In 3rd grade, when reading proficiency highly influences future student success, too few LAUSD students are meeting reading standards. These challenges are not unique to LAUSD; reading proficiency across California is also too low.

Source: All reading data for LAUSD and California are based on 2022-23 California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress data. Link.

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Join us to ensure all children in Los Angeles learn to read and thrive.

Coalition Partners