Education Trust–West Responds to Gov. Newsom’s Announcement for Major Investments to Reimagine Public Schools

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In Response to Governor Newsom’s Education Proposal Announcement, Brian Rivas, Senior Director of Policy and Government Relations, issued the Following Statement:

Governor Newsom’s education proposal inspires hope following a year of severe health, economic, and educational adversity due to COVID-19—one that has impacted students of color and students from low-income households most deeply. Today, parents, students, educators, and advocates have reason to celebrate because the Governor is taking bold steps to center equity and transform our education system in his 2021-2022 budget. We applaud the Governor not only for the level of investments proposed, but also for how California’s unprecedented budget windfall will be used to benefit students who are most in need. By reimagining our public schools with the proposal for universal transitional kindergarten, expanded learning for about 2 million of the most marginalized students, community schools and teacher investments, California can bounce back from the pandemic stronger than ever. 

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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.