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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

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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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[Press Release] HIP's Statement on SCUSD's New Superintendent
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Rebuilding Trust and Engaging Diverse Parents Among Challenges for New Superintendent

Community Members Optimistic About Collaborating to Better Serve Students and Families

Sacramento, CA --  On Thursday, the Sacramento City Unified School District (SCUSD) voted to appoint a new Superintendent to oversee the district’s schools. Mr. Jose Banda, previously the Superintendent for Seattle Public Schools and Anaheim Unified School District, has a track record of engaging limited-English proficient families and improving student achievement among low-income communities. This background will serve Mr. Banda well as he enters a school district that has struggled with on-going strife and growing dismay among Sacramento’s diverse families. In particular, Mr. Banda inherits a district where the closure of seven neighborhoods schools has driven away hundreds of students from SCUSD and distrust has mounted as parents have felt continually ignored.

Despite these challenges, Hmong Innovating Politics (HIP), a community based organization actively involved in supporting parents during the school closure is eager to start anew with Mr. Banda’s leadership. As HIP organizer Laura Vu describes, “Having worked with parents for the last couple of years, I know that the community is eager to move forward with leadership that brings people together and reaches out to parents and families. We are very optimistic that Mr. Banda will draw from his experience working with immigrant and limited-English proficient students and families. Because we recognize that there are many challenges ahead, we are dedicated to working alongside the new Superintendent to help improve the outcomes of all students.”

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**HIP is a grassroots-organizing group whose mission is to strengthen the political power of Hmong and disenfranchised communities through innovative civic engagement and strategic grassroots mobilization. We envision a Sacramento of empowered communities that thrive in a socially and economically just democracy.**