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Sacramento School District Releases Disaggregated Graduation Rates for Asian American and Pacific Islander Students
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For Immediate Release - September 22, 2017

Contact: Nancy Xiong, HIP Organizer, 916-382-0177

Sacramento School District Releases Disaggregated Graduation Rates for Asian American and Pacific Islander Students

SACRAMENTO, CA -- On Wednesday, during its inaugural Graduation Task Force meeting, Sacramento City Unified School District (SCUSD) shared graduation data that included smaller Asian American and Pacific Islander ethnic subgroups previously categorized in the larger “Asian” racial category or “Other Asian” subgroup. This is the first time SCUSD has ever released disaggregated graduation data for the AAPI student population--helping policy makers, parents and community members understand the tremendous diversity within the Asian American and Pacific Islander community.

This new data, in addition to giving us an understanding of our own community, helps us identify shared challenges students of color face particularly as we work in solidarity towards greater educational equity.
— Cha Vang, HIP Executive Director

As Hmong Innovating Politics Executive Director Cha Vang described, “this important development was made possible by the leadership of Board Trustee Mai Vang who spearheaded the effort and new Superintendent Jorge Aguilar, who immediately upon becoming superintendent, mobilized District staff to share this information. Cha, a member of SCUSD’s Graduation Taskforce added, “for years, our communities have been in the dark--unable to track the progress and the challenges Mien, Lao, Khmer and Hmong students face. This new data, in addition to giving us an understanding of our own community, helps us identify shared challenges students of color face particularly as we work in solidarity towards greater educational equity.”

The disaggregated graduation data also sets a new precedence for SCUSD as the Superintendent and District staff have expressed a commitment to continue disaggregating AAPI data to help community members better understand other indicators of student achievement and campus climate. Board Trustee Mai Vang stated, “I am incredibly proud that Sacramento City Unified took this important step of making sure communities are accurately reflected in our data. In particular, i am thankful for Superintendent Aguilar and District staff for their leadership and commitment to helping us better understand how students, who were previously invisible, are performing. This first step gives us a tremendous opportunity to dive deeper and identify barriers and opportunities to improve student success at local and school site level."

HIP is committed to working with community partners and our allies in the on-going work to improve access to education for all student and in particular, reducing disparities among low-income, English-learners and communities of color. 

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See graduation data here.

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Southeast Asian Community urges UC Davis Health System to renew the Medi-Cal contract

PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - August 12, 2016 Contact: Nancy Xiong | 209.829.9358

Sacramento, CA – On Friday afternoon, Hmong Innovating Politics (HIP) stood in solidarity with Senator Dr. Richard Pan and local health advocates to urge UC Davis Health System to bring back primary care services for low-income families in Sacramento. By ending their Medi-Cal managed care contracts last year, UC Davis Health System abandoned 3,700 Medi-Cal patients throughout Sacramento County without access to care.  According to the 2015 US Census, 18.1% of Sacramento residents are below the federal poverty line. Sacramento’s most vulnerable communities already face many barriers when it comes to accessing primary care.

As HIP Organizer Cha Vang describes, “The choice to reject Medi-Cal patients is about priorities and values. By sacrificing low-income families and children to achieve short-term fiscal savings, the health system must now deal with a surge of much more expensive urgent and emergency care patients. More importantly, families no longer have access to the basic coverage they need to live healthy lives. As a public institution, we hope UC Davis Health System will re-prioritize local residents and reconsider their decision to end their Medi-Cal contracts.”

UC Davis Health is world renowned for its culturally and linguistically appropriate care. Sadly, its decision to reject Medi-Cal patients leaves those that need culturally and linguistically competent care the most are now longer able to access those services. In particular, Hmong, Mien, Lao and Khmer community members have come to rely on UC Davis Health language services and programs. Thus, HIP urges UC Davis Health System to renew the Medi-Cal contract so families in South Sacramento can receive the care they need.

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Hmong Parents & HIP Organizers Ready to Serve on Local Education Committees
LCAP Advisory Committee Members Phoua Lee (SBA Parent) & Mai Yang Vang (HIP Organizer)

LCAP Advisory Committee Members Phoua Lee (SBA Parent) & Mai Yang Vang (HIP Organizer)

HIP is proud to announce that two local Hmong parents and three HIP organizers will serve on Sacramento City Unified School District’s Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) Parent Advisory Committee and English Learner (EL) LCAP Advisory Committee.

The LCAP Parent Advisory Committee and EL Advisory Committee are charged with reviewing the District’s overall vision for students, annual goals and specific actions the District will take to achieve the vision and goal. Susan B. Anthony Elementary parent Phoua Lee was appointed by Boardmember Diana Rodriguez and HIP Organizer Jonathan Tran was appointed by Boardmember Gustavo Arroyo to serve on the LCAP Advisory Committee. HIP Organizers Mai Yang Vang, Laura Vu and parent Leng Cha were each appointed to serve on the EL Advisory Committee—a subcommittee specifically focused on highlighting priorities for English Learners and their families.

Last year, despite being the only Southeast Asian American on the Advisory committee, former HIP Organizer Sue Vang worked with Latino and Hmong English Learner parents to help provide specific recommendations to the Board on how to invest more resources to improve academic achievement for English Learner students.

 

Read last year's LCAP Recommendations

I’ve come to realize through this process is that it is not enough to just to advocate for my own children. By being more involved, parents can help improve conditions for all kids and raise the bar throughout the District.
— Phoua Lee, Susan B. Anthony Parent

This year, HIP Organizers and our Hmong parents hope to build on last year’s work and raise the level of parent engagement on the LCAP throughout the District. As Phoua Lee describes, “As a parent, obviously I want what’s best for my kids. What I’ve come to realize through this process is that it is not enough to just to advocate for my own children. By being more involved, parents can help improve conditions for all kids and raise the bar throughout the District.” HIP Organizer Jonathan Tran adds, “It is a lot easier to sit on the sidelines and lament about disparities in the education system. HIP believes that the community must become active participants in making sure dollars are spent in the classroom to uplift students that need the most support.”

Like last year, HIP is asking for your help and feedback about what you think the District’s priorities should be. To stay up-to-date about HIP’s on-going parent engagement work, we invite you to join HIP’s Parent Engagement Network.

Both Advisory Committees meet monthly and meetings are open to the public.