Momentum: A Policy Agenda for Accelerating Racial Equity in California’s Education Systems in 2022

California is the fifth largest economy in the world, educates more than one out of every ten K-12 students in the nation, and is home to the largest system of higher education in the world. Yet despite California’s substantial resources and the progressive rhetoric of the state’s leaders, Black, Latinx, Native American, and Asian students continue to be underserved from preschool through college. Our 2022 Policy Agenda, Momentum: A Policy Agenda for Accelerating Racial Equity in California’s Education Systems in 2022, shares the 11 key policy priorities we’re championing in Sacramento and across the state to close opportunity and attainment gaps. Throughout 2022, we will continue to share research, resources, and opportunities to engage and advocate for these policy priorities. Soon we’ll share this year’s “Equity 8”, reviewing which budget and legislative proposals have the best potential to accelerate education equity this year. 


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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.