In February, the LAUSD school board ratifies a Memorandum of Understanding to establish a network of ten autonomous small secondary schools – the Belmont Zone of Choice Pilot Schools. The model is of small schools (500 students each) with collaboration and shared decision-making embedded at the school site, enjoying freedom from locally imposed constraints. The milestone agreement is the result of six years of discussion and negotiations between the community, teachers and the LAUSD.
The Pilot School Network opens with CIVITAS, its first high school, in September. CARECEN oversees the youth leadership class on-site and work with CIVITAS students at CARECEN.
CARECEN staff and parent leaders attend the initial Parent Organizing Network Summit. The summit brings forward the idea that all the groups working on parent organizing in Los Angeles need to find ways to work together in a more unified network in order to increase and focus impact.
The Miguel Contreras High School and CIVITAS Pilot School opened as part of the Belmont Zone of Choice.
In October, regulations were published allowing undocumented victims of certain violent crimes to apply for a U visa, leading to eligibility for permanent residency.
The Secure Borders, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Reform Act of 2007 (S. 1348), a flawed bill that would have provided limited legal status and a highly torturous path to legal citizenship for the approximately 12 million illegal immigrants currently residing in the United States, is discussed in the 110th United States Congress but ultimately fails.
Marvin Andrade becomes Executive Director.