• The challenge looms large with more than 300,000 students attending failing schools.

  • With visionary district leadership and an unprecedented focus on teacher effectiveness, we have an opportunity to help create groundbreaking reform in the nation’s second-largest school system.

About Los Angeles

Los Angeles boasts a rich history of opportunity and new beginnings and represents one of the most populous and diverse cities in America. Despite the great hope our city represents, we are failing to deliver on its promise for many of our children.

California, which serves over 6 million students, continues to rank near the bottom of all states in almost every significant measurement of educational success. Although it once had one of the highest rates of per-student spending in the nation, California now ranks in the bottom third of states as measured by its current expense per student on education. In fact, when a state’s cost of living is taken into account, California’s funding per student is one of the lowest in the country. In 2013, the average test scores for California students were significantly lower than the national average in both reading and mathematics. In Los Angeles, the nation’s second largest school district serving almost 700,000 students and one of the most diverse populations, we continue to face a unique set of challenges to expanding educational opportunity. In the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), 76.6 percent of students are eligible for free or reduced-price school lunch. Facing the extra challenges of poverty, only 12 percent of fourth-grade public school students in California who were eligible for free or reduced-price lunch scored at or above proficient in reading on the 2011 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) exam.

But Los Angeles is a city of reinvention, and hundreds of innovators are working alongside the community to create change for its students. Teach For America - Los Angeles is proud to have been a partner in this work for over 24 years. Nearly 800 corps members and alumni in Los Angeles teach over 65,000 students every day. Dozens of our alumni have expanded their reach to school leadership and political and social entrepreneurship endeavors. In neighborhoods where inequities persist, more and more top-performing schools are being built on the shoulders of alumni, supporters, and the community at large.

Teach For America - Los Angeles corps members, alumni, and staff believe that change is possible, and we are motivated to reach the day when all students in Los Angeles will have the opportunity to attain an excellent education.

Connect With Us

Los Angeles
606 South Olive Street Suite 300
Los Angeles, CA 90014
Tel (213) 489-9272
Fax (213) 489-9383

Executive Director

Lida Jennings
Lida Jennings brings 23 years of professional experience across multiple sectors to Teach For America Los Angeles.

Prior to joining the organization in 2010, she spent 10 years as a senior leader in higher education. Most recently, Lida served as Assistant Dean at the RAND Corporation for the Pardee RAND Graduate School and the Director of the Marshall MBA Program at the University of Southern California. Before relocating to Los Angeles for graduate school in 1998, she spent eight years in corporate retail management in San Francisco, in both store and buy-side leadership roles at Macy’s and The Gap.  Since joining Teach For America Los Angeles, Lida has held multiple roles on the leadership team, including Managing Director of Strategy, Talent, and Operations, and Managing Director of District and School Partnerships.  She has a BA in psychology from Smith College, an MBA from USC Marshall School of Business, and a Doctorate in Education from the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies. Lida has extensive experience volunteering for non-profit organizations throughout California; she currently serves as a board member for Endeavor College Prep, a charter middle school in East Los Angeles, and is a member of the Loyola Marymount Graduate School of Education Board of Visitors. 

Regional Stats

1990
YEAR TFA ARRIVED
205
Corps size the first year
255
Total corps size this year
2040
ALUMNI IN THE REGION
63%
Percent of Alumni in Education
60
ALUMNI SCHOOL LEADERS
Data valid as of: Aug 2014