LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Los Angeles Mayor Villaraigosa issued the following statement on Tuesday (May 17) urging the Los Angeles Unified School District to implement the Partnership for Los Angeles’ parent engagement initiatives district-wide after an education town hall with Superintendent John Deasy, parents, teachers and members of the community.

“Parents play a critical role in motivating their children to learn and achieve. Schools play an equally critical role and we must work hand-in-hand with parents and do a better job of engaging and empowering them in their child’s education.

My Partnership Schools have been an incubator of creative, innovative methods to motivate parents to motivate their children to succeed in school. Our dedicated parent empowerment team has created a Family Action Team at every school to assist in engaging every family and encourage them to play a role in their child’s education. We have launched programs like “Donuts for Dads” at 99th Street Elementary School to bring positive male role models into our schools and promote literacy. We have also offered every 6th grader in the Partnership a desktop computer at home, and required parents to participate in technology and education workshops to ensure those home-learning centers are put to good use.

Knowing that their parents and family members are there to support and motivate them, our students are showing more promise with each day. Now we are calling upon the LAUSD to set these high expectations across the district, so that more students — and parents — will have the opportunity to rise to the occasion.”