At Green Dot Public Schools in Los Angeles, California, parents Kiana Davis, Regina Armstrong, and Claudia Inglesia believed the streets around their childrens’ schools could be safer. In collaboration with Green Dot’s sister organization, United Parents and Students, they advocated for a new signalized crosswalk for two Green Dot schools, Ánimo Watts College Preparatory Academy and Ánimo Mae Jemison Charter Middle School, near a major South Los Angeles thoroughfare. The trio organized meetings with community stakeholders, including the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works, the Office of Violence Prevention, and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department to build support around installing a signalized crosswalk near the intersection of Avalon Boulevard and 127th Street. After a year of advocating for safer streets near their schools, the parents gained financial support from the Los Angeles County Supervisor of the 2nd District office to build the crosswalk. In the fall of 2021, Los Angeles County opened the new crosswalk, founding a new level of safety not just for Green Dot students but for all who reside in their community.
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As the chartering movement enters its fourth decade, there are renewed attempts to relegate parents to the sidelines of education. The charter movement is redoubling its efforts to ensure parents remain a vital contributing force within public education. We are inspired by the stories of these change making parents and recognize this is but a sampling of the profound contributions parents are making on behalf of their children and school communities each day. On behalf of the charter movement, thank you parents!