Case Study

Los Angeles Unified School District

Empowering the Los Angeles Unified School District through Advocacy

About the client

As the second-largest U.S. school district, LAUSD tackles unique challenges in K-12 education, specifically addressing gaps in achievement for diverse student groups.

Our Work

Since 2008, Raben has collaborated with LAUSD, providing federal advocacy services to support fiscal and policy priorities. Focused on key issues before the U.S. Congress and the Department of Education, our strategy encompasses a wide range of education legislation, including the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), Perkins Career and Technical Education Act (CTE), and Child Nutrition Act.

Our efforts extend beyond policy development; we've built strong relationships with key stakeholders, securing opportunities for LAUSD leadership to testify before Congress. We played a crucial role in averting annual Medicaid cuts, securing significant Education Jobs funds in 2010, and influencing legislative priorities in the ESSA reauthorization.

Raben's ongoing work includes ensuring ESSA regulations align with LAUSD's goals, advancing Perkins CTE Act reauthorization, supporting Linked Learning initiatives, and advocating for increased special education funding. We facilitate direct lobbying through fly-ins and organize regular Hill visits for LAUSD leadership, ensuring their voices are heard on critical education issues.

Raben’s insights into the inner workings of Washington has been fundamental to our successful federal policy strategy on behalf of the children and families of Los Angeles. Their relationships inside and outside the Beltway are invaluable, and they are always respectful, kind, and committed partners in furthering our work.

Steve Zimmer Former Los Angeles Unified School District Board President

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