Ed Trust—West Releases Statement in Response to Governor Brown’s May Budget Revision


OAKLAND, CA (May 13, 2014) – Valerie Cuevas, Interim Executive Director of The Education Trust—West, issued the following statement in response to Governor Brown’s May Budget Revision:


“We are happy to see that our state’’s economic recovery is helping California schools receive more funding for the second year in a row. We applaud Governor Brown for his leadership and his continued commitment to the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) and his effort to eliminate deferred appropriations to schools. Unfortunately, we are disappointed by the lack of additional funding for the implementation of new content standards and the inadequate funding for the technology infrastructure needed to implement new computer-adaptive assessments. Without a substantial investment in these areas, achievement gaps could be exacerbated rather than eliminated. We urge the Governor and the Legislature to reconsider. Also as California explores proposals for a Proposition 98 reserve and for paying teachers’’ retirement benefits, we must not lose sight of the needs of our most vulnerable students.”

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About The Education Trust——West
The Education Trust——West works for the high academic achievement of all students at all levels, pre-k through college. We expose opportunity and achievement gaps that separate students of color and low-income students from other youth, and we identify and advocate for the strategies that will forever close those gaps. 

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Karla Fernandez

Communications Manager

Karla Fernandez (she/her/hers) joins Ed Trust–West as a Communications Manager with over 11 years of experience advancing social impact initiatives.

Karla started her career as a teacher at Chicago Public Schools and UIC College Prep. After teaching, Karla joined United Friends of the Children to support LA County’s youth in foster care as a college counselor. Through Leadership for Educational Equity, Karla also served as a Policy Advisor Fellow for the office of a Los Angeles Unified School Board Member. She solidified her interests in policy analysis and quantitative research during her time with the Price Center for Social Innovation, the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles, and the USC Presidential Working Group on Sustainability. Before joining The Education Trust–West, Karla was the Associate Director for the Southeast Los Angeles (SELA) Collaborative, a network of nonprofits advocating for communities in SELA.

Karla holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology from the University of Chicago, a Master of Public Policy from the USC Price School of Public Policy, and a Graduate Certificate in Policy Advocacy from the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. Karla is based out of southern California and is passionate about using data analysis, communications, and digital strategies for policy advocacy and social justice efforts.