California community college students would receive more financial aid under a new state proposal

Source: The Sacramento Bee

Children all over the greater Sacramento region — from Davis to Lake Tahoe — packed up their book bags Friday afternoon, waited for the last bell to ring and went home for a few weeks.

Except this is no vacation, or break from school.

School districts across California, the state, and the world closed for several weeks — some for the rest of the school year — as an attempt to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

“This is an uncertain time in our state. We are grateful to California leaders for taking important steps to prepare and protect the public against coronavirus,” said Elisha Smith Arrillaga, executive director of The Education Trust–West  These closures will have a wide-ranging and unknown impact on students, families, and educators. To mitigate negative effects, it’s critical that schools do everything in their power to ensure that closures do not exacerbate educational inequities.”


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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.