MABPA firmly believes that a high quality, comprehensive and academically rigorous Pre K-16 education is a social and moral imperative for every student. Latinos are the largest racial/ethnic group in California with 39 percent of the population, followed by White with 38.8 percent, Asian & Pacific Islander 13.4 percent, Black with 5.8 percent and 3 percent other. The San Diego County population consists of over 32.7 percent Latinos or 7.1 percent of California’s population (The State of Higher Education Report, 2015). The majority of Latinos in California are of Mexican ancestry (83 percent); nine percent from Central America and two percent from South America (U.S. Census Bureau, 2011-2013).
In California, one of every two students is Latino (53 percent). Currently, the academic performance of San Diego County’s K-12 Latino students (234,749 or 47 percent) is often overlooked with nearly seven of ten students, who graduate from high school, are not prepared to enter a four-year university. Over 39 percent of all Latino/Hispanic students are classified English language learners (CSDE, Dataquest, 2015). Consideration of this information is critical since presently, 47 percent of San Diego County and 53 percent of all California K-12 students are Latinos (CSDE, Dataquest, 2015). As such, MABPA now identifies public education as one of its critical priorities.
MABPA is committed to continued collaboration on educational advisory and public policy forums toward systemic reform and to ensure a high quality education from pre-kindergarten to graduation from a four-year university is a viable path for all students. We look to elected officials at local, county and state levels to ensure that we have placed accountability in school districts. Specifically under the new California Local Control Accountability Plan that guides school finance.
We believe that in order to ensure each student has a viable pathway to a four-year university, school programs must be rigorous and student centered, and have a laser like focus toward closing the preparation gap at the pre-k education level. This is followed by strong vigilance to closing the achievement gap at the K-12 level, and the access gap in higher education. Conservatively estimated, over 12 percent of Latinos drop out of high school (CSDE Dataquest, 2015).
MABPA maintains on-going collaboration with the educational leadership in San Diego to advocate and work for a student-centered education system that focuses on each student, in every classroom. MABPA members participate in the Latino Advisory Committee of SDUSD and San Diego County Office of Education. MABPA collaborates with K-12 Partnership with SDSU, USD’s School of Leadership and Education Science (SOLES), UCSD Board of Overseers, San Diego Community College District, and Southwestern College and many more.
To address the achievement gap, current areas of advocacy and focus include:
- Access to a Broad and Challenging Curriculum.
- Valuing Diversity to Make Equity a Reality
- 3. Closing the Achievement Gap With High Expectations For All
- Parent/Community Engagement around Student Achievement
- Quality Teaching, and Leadership via Cultural Proficiency Standards
- Quality Support Staff Integrated and Focused on Student Achievement
- Cultural proficient teacher education
- Local Control Accountability Plans
- Supportive Environment, Safe and Well-Maintained Facilities