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L.A. mayor ramps up family interest in school

August 6, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is ramping up families for the upcoming school year. On Saturday, he visited Markham Middle School in Watts where he talked with students, parents, faculty and staff.

The mayor also launched a door-knocking campaign which will reach more than 2,000 families throughout the month.

The goal is to get moms and dads involved in their children's education.

"We're knocking on doors to engage parents, to invite them to our school," Villaraigosa said. "We're going to have a barbecue before school starts. We believe the key to success to transforming our schools is to bring parents in."

The door-knocking campaign focuses on Partnership for Los Angeles Schools.

The partnership is a collaboration between the city and Los Angeles Unified School District.

It has become one of the largest public school turnaround projects in the country.