PACT Grassroots Leaders transforming education in San Jose

Last Friday PACT took another huge step forward in transforming education in San Jose so that all kids have access to a path to college.

Over 300 community members gathered at St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church to push for a systemic approach to addressing the dropout crisis in the East Side Union High School District. ESUHSD lost 1,311 students in a single year - the equivalent of a whole comprehensive high school!

At PACT's community action meeting, School District Trustees Manuel Herrera and Eddie Garcia committed to reducing the dropout rate by 10% each year.  This will save about 130 youth and bring the District approximately $1 million in additional revenue annually! 

Also, County Supervisor Dave Cortese committed Prop 63 funding for new mental health workers at East Side schools. 

Both the Trustees and Supervisor Cortese committed to supporting the opening of more high-performing charter schools, including providing facilities.

Tuesday's Mercury News Editorial, "Surge of charter schools coming to Silicon Valley, whether districts like it or not", highlights the results of our work - thousands of organized parents, students, educators demanding great schools for our kids.

Thank you for your support!

Amelida Castillo, Bertha Hernandez, Nhut Ho, Nora Lopez, Chano Mendoza, Maggie Madueño, Isabelle Nannini and Cora Tomalinas with Fr. Steven Brown and Steve Kim

PACT's St. Maria Goretti Local Organizing Committee