PUBLIC EDUCATION IN CALIFORNIA

California is home to over 6 million public school students-- more than half identify as Hispanic or Latino.

Currently, only 50% and 38% of our public school students are meeting standards in English Language Arts and mathematics, respectively. If we do not dramatically change how we educate our young people, California can expect to have a shortfall of 1.1. million college graduates by 2030.

6,000,000

PUBLIC SCHOOL STUDENTS

What We’ve Accomplished

Over the last decade, GO’s community-driven advocacy campaigns have resulted in hundreds of millions of dollars in new local funding for public school students and teachers, significantly shifted district fiscal and data practices, and developed leaders who will continue to influence and shape our state’s public schools on behalf of students.

INOAKLAND

Grown a Network of

4,951

Community Members
Held

3,008

Community Meetings
Held

160

Community Events
Passed

7

OAKLAND SCHOOL BOARD APPROVED POLICIES

AUTHORED

7

DATA/IMPACT REPORTS

INFRESNO

Grown a Network of

1,144

Community Members
Graduated

85 FAMILY LEADERS

AUTHORED

2

COMMUNITY DRIVEN REPORTS

PASSED

1

BOARD RESOLUTION CALLING FOR THE ACCEPTANCE OF OUR CHOOSING OUR FUTURE POLICY RECOMMENDATIONS

SENT OUT

35

BOARD WATCH EMAILS

CONVENED

51

COMMUNITY FEEDBACK SESSIONS

MET WITH

675

COMMUNITY MEMBERS ON 1-ON-1

INWEST CONTRA COSTA

Grown a Network of

1,417

Community Members
Graduated

150 FAMILY LEADERS

DISTRIBUTED

7,813

COPIES OF OUR KIDS CAN REPORTS

ENGAGED

804

COMMUNITY MEMBERS IN 1-ON-1 CONVERSATIONS

SENT OUT

54

BOARD WATCH EMAILS

INVESTED

4,470

HOURS IN LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

CONVENED 60 COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT SESSIONS TO GARNER FEEDBACK ON OUR WORK AND PRIORITIES

Driving Change at the State

Over the past 10 years, GO’s local networks of families, educators, and community allies have proven over and over again that change is possible when the voices of those closest to our public schools are leading the conversation. Working in partnership with thousands of passionate community members, each year our work impacts the lives of more than 150,000 students who call Oakland, West Contra Costa, and Fresno home.

However, we know that not every decision that impacts students and families in our communities is made at the local level and that, with more than 6 million public school students in our state, decisions made in Sacramento need to be informed by families — especially those in our most historically underserved communities.

Last year, members of GO West Contra Costa’s Family Leaders Action Group (FLAG) traveled to the State Capitol to remind the State Board of Education about the forgotten voices they failed to elevate in their outreach around the California School Dashboard. This online data tool uses a complex color-coding system to rate the performance of California’s public schools and districts. We first wrote about the challenging user-experience in this published editorial.

As the tool’s intended users, our parents called out the Dashboard’s confusing rating system, the lack of parent engagement around the tool’s overall effectiveness, and — most importantly — heavily criticized the State Board of Education for releasing the tool without proper translation.

Five months later, we celebrated when we learned the next iteration of the California School Dashboard addressed our concerns.

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