Moving Forward Together: A Policy Agenda for Racial Equity in California Education Systems in 2023


The pandemic demonstrated what so many of us already knew – normal wasn’t good enough before, and it’s certainly not good enough today. As California’s schools, districts, and colleges move forward from the COVID-19 pandemic, we are responsible for reimagining how we think about what is possible for our education systems. Our state has both the financial resources and a timely economic responsibility to invest in education equity and address long-standing fiscal adequacy issues in early learning, K-12, and higher education sectors.  The Education Trust—West has outlined the policy priorities we recommend if California is serious about recovering from the pandemic while leading the nation in progressive policymaking to advance racial equity in education. In Moving Forward Together: A Policy Agenda for Racial Equity in California Education Systems in 2023, we share the 11 key policy priorities we’re championing in Sacramento and across the state.

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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.