PLAN believes in the power of families.

Parents are children’s first teachers and best advocates. We believe parents are the experts on what their children need in order to thrive. That’s why PLAN brings the power of parents’ voices and vision to school transformation — at school sites to improve the school’s learning environment, at the district level to advocate for resources to support students, and at the State Capitol to enact new laws to promote educational equity.

"What motivated me the most was to see that I was actually being part of the change. Then I started motivating other parents to believe they could make a difference."
~ Vanessa Cardenas, Parent, Korematsu Discovery Academy

Victories

Family Engagement Standards

Family Engagement Standards

 

In coalition with student and community organizations, PLAN successfully advocated for Standards for Meaningful Family Engagement in Oakland Unified School District. Passed in June 2012, these standards are now integrated into the School Quality Review process for the district.

Standards for Meaningful Family Engagement
School Funding Reform

School Funding Reform

 

PLAN was a coalition leader in the fight for more equitable distribution of funding and community input into California’s educational budgets and spending. Organizing with Campaign for Quality Education, PLAN leaders turned out to State Board of Education meetings in Sacramento to support regulations promoting community voice, equity and accountability in the implementation of this sweeping reform, known as Local Control Funding Formula (LCCF).

Local Control Funding Formula (LCCF)
District Accountability

District Accountability

 

PLAN provided leadership in Oakland’s first Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP), ensuring that more funding went directly to school sites and that the District’s plan included priorities voiced by students and parents. As a result of PLAN’s advocacy, OUSD took unprecedented action to provide detailed budget information in multiple languages at public meetings.

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Each month, you’ll get stories of parents’ successes, policy updates, links to our recent blog posts and more.