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McKenna, Johns, education advocates convene for roundtable on black education in South Los Angeles
By Sentinel News Service
Published July 2, 2015

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Recently, Los Angeles Unified School District Board Member Dr. George McKenna hosted David Johns, director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans, and several community leaders invested in achieving positive outcomes for African American students. The event took place in South Los Angeles at Audubon Middle School and included a site visit and roundtable discussion about educating African American students.
“It was an honor to welcome David Johns to Audubon Middle School to discuss how Los Angeles approaches African American educational excellence,” McKenna said. “In LAUSD, Audubon Middle School leads the way with community engagement and innovative programs to serve the needs of our students. This event was a great opportunity to collaborate with the White House and share the academic successes of our African American students and families.”
During the site visit, McKenna and Johns observed a sample module about food deserts from Audubon Middle School’s Magnet Bridge Summer Program, which helps prepare incoming students for the gifted magnet program. The prestigious program has more than 50 percent African American student enrollment and partnerships with UCLA, Brotherhood Crusade, Los Angeles County Museum of Art and other community organizations.
“Every parent wants their child to receive the best education possible and education is critical to competing in a global economy,” Mr. Johns said. “As an LAUSD graduate, I was glad to participate in a discussion with so many people who are passionately committed to ensuring the success of African American students and narrowing the achieving gaps in our public schools here in Los Angeles and around the country.”
“I am very excited to see that Audubon Middle School and Dr. George McKenna are garnering national attention for the work they do for students of color in our community,” said Congressmember Karen Bass (D-Los Angeles), whose office assisted in setting up the meeting. “We are lucky to have partners like David Johns in the White House to emphasize the importance of African American education and spread information about best practices. We must continue working across all levels of government and in the community to ensure that each and every child is prepared for success in our schools.”
Dr. McKenna and Mr. Johns were joined by Sydney Kamlager, Trustee-Elect to Los Angeles Community College District Seat 3 and representatives from Black Community, Clergy and Labor Alliance (BCCLA), Community Coalition, Brotherhood Crusade, LA Urban League, Council of Black Administrators, LA Neighhborhood Land Trust, Children’s Institute, The Village Nation, USC Rossier School of Education, California Community Foundation and the Tim and Ethel Bradley Foundation as well as staff from the offices of Congressmember Karen Bass, Senator Holly Mitchell, Assemblyman Sebastian Ridley-Thomas, and Assemblyman Reggie Jones-Sawyer.

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