LOS ANGELES – A group of parents in Southeast Los Angeles have organized a Peace Walk to unite families in traditional schools, magnet schools, and charters as they rally for more education funding.
In the wake of the Los Angeles Unified School District teachers’ strike, the parents are urging unity between charter schools and traditional schools, which compete for students and per-pupil funding.
“We all want the same thing, a better future for our children,” said Raquel Toscano, a parent who says her tires were slashed when she took her children to school during the strike. “The last thing we need is to face more hostility from within our community over the path we choose to help our children succeed.”
The Peace Walk includes families with children in all types of schools, and will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, September 14 at Riverfront Park in Maywood, California.
The event is organized by Speak UP, a grassroots parent organization in Southeast Los Angeles.