|The Dolores Huerta Foundation and Vecinos Unidos call all parents, students, teachers, and community members to join us in marching for educational justice.We must demand that the Kern High School district faithfully implement the agreed upon practices that will create a positive school environment and will improve academic outcomes for black and brown students|
.March for Educational Justice
Thursday, January 30th at 5:30 pm
Meeting at Ross
3761 Ming Ave. Bakersfield, CA 93309
Marching to West High School
1200 New Stine Rd, Bakersfield, CA 93309
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6:30 pm Press Conference at West High School
7:00pm KHSD FINAL Community Forum * As mandated by the lawsuit settlement KHSD is required to provide a progress report to the community.
Are you a Kern High School District parent or student? We want to hear from you! Please click on the links to fill out this quick survey and tell us about your experience in your school!
Six years ago, parents and students along with civil rights lawyers with support from community organizations like the Dolores Huerta Foundation, filed a lawsuit against the Kern High School District to force the district to end their discriminatory discipline practices that deprived black and brown students of their right to an education.
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URGENT COMMUNITY ACTION IS CRITICAL
- KHSD has failed to hire diverse teachers with only 3% black teachers, 17% latino, and 63% white.
- While suspensions and expulsions have gone significantly down, students are being pushed into continuation schools at alarming rates. Continuation schools don’t have the same types of supports and services that comprehensive schools have.
- Although African American students only make up 8% of the KHSD population, they have high rates of assistance at continuation schools. Example: Vista Continuation School has 14% African American students and only has a 36% graduation rate.
- In 2018-19 At the continuation school Vista West, there were 21 Special education students, with only one special education teacher.
- Bottom line: Black students continue to have disproportionate rates for voluntary transfers, involuntary transfers, and are still being suspended at 2-3 more times than their white peers.