PACT Parent Leaders call on elected school officials to address the chronic opportunity gap and prioritize high needs schools

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SAN JOSÉ, CA                                           

San Jose Unified School Board Members and Santa Clara County Board of Education Members are asked to respond to English Learners and low-income parent concerns

WHO:      Hundreds of parents, community members, students and PACT Leaders. SJUSD School Board Member Susan Ellenberg and SJUSD President Teresa Castellanos, SCC Board of Education Members Joe Di Salvo and Rosemary Kamei.

WHAT:    Latino, immigrant and low income parents ask for commitments from school elected leaders to prioritize the highest needs schools with students who are English Language Learners, low income and students of color.

WHEN:    Tuesday, June 7th 7:00-8:00pm

WHERE:  Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish, 325 Willow St. San Jose 95110

WHY:      Students continue to experience an opportunity gap in San Jose Unified Schools that is made worse by a lack of credentialed, permanent teachers in every classroom in the highest needs schools. Since teacher quality is the single most important school factor in student success, credentialed permanent placements are critical for students who are English Language Learners, low income and students of color in order to close the achievement gap. Parents ask SJUSD to prioritize high quality teachers in the highest needs schools in the District.

Further, parents call on the San Jose Unified School District and the County Board of Education to work together and with parents to fulfill the intent and promise of the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF): to improve educational outcomes for our highest need students.

Importance of High Quality Teachers in Student Achievement:

  • A highly effective teacher generates an estimated 50 percent more learning than an average teacher.                                                         
  • Students of effective teachers are more likely to attend college and earn higher salaries.
  • Research has shown that low-income students and students of color are more likely than their higher income and white counterparts to be taught by an ineffective teacher.
  • Nationally, there is “abundant evidence that teachers with stronger credentials tend to teach in schools with more advantaged and higher performing students

Local Control Funding Formula: The Local Control Funding Formula ensures that funding is directed to students with the greatest needs; Low income, English Language Learners, Special needs students and Foster youth.