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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. 

HIP Urges Supreme Court to Uphold Affirmative Action

Earlier this week, Hmong Innovating Politics joined with over 160 Asian American and Pacific Islander groups in filing an Amicus Brief to the Supreme Court in support of the University of Texas' race-conscious admissions policy (Fisher vs. University of Texas II). In the Amicus Brief, advocates argue that institutions of higher education cannot evaluate applicants holistically without consideration of race. HIP has consistently held that race-blind or race-ignorant policies ignore the unique barriers and challenges applicants have had to overcome in order to obtain access to higher education. Moreover, race-ignorant policies mask the significant disparities that exist within the Asian American and Pacific Islander community. For example, in Sacramento County, only 16.4% of the Hmong community has a Bachelors Degree or higher, compared to 28% of the total population and 30% of Whites. (Source: United States Census Bureau. 2011-2013 American Community Survey 3-Year Estimates)

Here in California, race-ignorant policies like Proposition 209 are correlated with significant drops in admissions of students of color and the stagnation of educational attainment rates for historically undeserved populations. By ruling against the University of Texas's affirmative action policy, the Supreme Court would prohibit the use of ethnicity, effectively masking the Southeast Asian American community's immense diversity and significant educational disparities. 

For more coverage on Fisher v. University of Texas II, check out these links:

We believe that acknowledging and reducing educational disparities created by institutional and historical racism is essential for communities to truly thrive in a socially
and economically just democracy.
— HIP's Amici Curiae Statement on Fisher v. UT