On Wednesday, March 4 in an op-ed placed in the East Bay Times, GO Public Schools West Contra Costa Executive Director Natalie Walchuk and Leadership Council member Dr. Shantina Jackson called the community to action around transforming outcomes for our Black youth.
“In 2013-14, 45 percent of WCCUSD’s high school white graduates and 64 percent of Asian graduates were eligible to apply to a four-year university. In contrast, only 34 percent of African-American graduates had completed the required coursework to even apply to a University of California or California State University school.
Unfortunately in West Contra Costa, our education system is failing our black students. Too often, at our schools with large black student populations, funds are scarce, teachers struggle to thrive on limited resources, and parents — their spirits already stretched thin by the challenge of simply providing for their families — feel disempowered and unheard.“