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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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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. 

New Maple Community Center Breathes New Life
They tried to bury us.
They didn’t know we were seeds.

By Nancy Xiong, HIP Organizer

Early this month, HIP joined La Familia Counseling Center for the 10th Anniversary of the Sacramento Hispanic/Latino Parade. On a street more known for its traffic, seeing families and children lined up along Franklin Boulevard was a welcomed change. This parade celebrated Sacramento’s deep-rooted Latino heritage and the stubborn resiliency of our South Sacramento community. 

Before the Sacramento City Unified School Board voted to close Maple Elementary and 6 other neighborhood schools in a controversial 4-3 decision, the vibrant campus was full of colorful laughter and supported by passionate parents. For those families, Maple was more than just a school. It was a place where they felt they belonged. It was a place they took ownership of because it represented hope for a better future. I thought to myself during the final tour of Maple Elementary, 'is this really it?' I felt frustrated because this community had endured so much and instead of celebrating Maple's tremendous parent involvement, the District shut the door on this incredible community. I wondered, what can we do to transform this space so that it will continue to meet the needs of our South Sacramento community? 

For two years, this campus sat completely vacant until this past July when La Familia signed a lease to officially take over Maple Elementary.  Maple Elementary is now re-opened as the Maple Neighborhood Center where it will serve as La Familia’s headquarters and resource hub for families.

Our community deserves a place to gather, grow and prosper. As a Mexican proverb states, "They tried to bury us. They didn't know we were seeds."