What Community Leaders Are Saying about the Graduation Task Force

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Congresswoman Doris Matsui

“I applaud Superintendent Aguilar and the Sacramento City Unified School District Board of Education for taking bold and decisive action to address inequities in our schools. This urgently needed task force will guide our community to improve opportunities and outcomes for all students in Sacramento City Unified schools. I look forward to working with the new superintendent and the task force to make Sacramento’s schools stronger and more effective for all students at every stage of their education.”

Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg

“I support Superintendent Aguilar’s vision to ensure every student has an equal opportunity to graduate with the greatest number of postsecondary choices from the widest array of options. I am pleased that Superintendent Aguilar announced today the formation of a graduation task force to explore the root causes of inequities in our graduation rates. I look forward to working with the Superintendent and the Board in the coming months to turn around the trend on our declining graduation rates.”

State Senator Dr. Richard Pan

“The education disparities identified in our schools are both an injustice to our children and harmful to the prosperity of our community.  I applaud Superintendent Aguilar and SCUSD for establishing a Graduation Task Force to engage the community to identify solutions to address this critical problem,” said Dr. Richard Pan, State Senator representing the Sacramento region.”

Sacramento City Council Member Steve Hansen

“I am proud to support Superintendent Aguilar and the Sacramento City Unified School District in the formation of a Graduation Task Force focused on addressing the inequities in our city’s schools. Superintendent Aguilar is a dynamic leader with a strong vision of student achievement and I look forward to working with him to help meet the needs of our students.”

Pamela Haynes, Vice President, Los Rios Community College Board

“I stand with Superintendent Aguilar as we all begin the work of insuring that all our children graduate from SCUSD with the widest array of higher educational options. It is imperative to our city’s success that our students are successful.”

Liz Guillen, Public Advocates

This Task Force is a very important opportunity for community involvement in how Sac City improves graduation rates. I encourage parents, students and community members to become more involved in the district and schools with me directly, or through the many opportunities for your experience and your voice. Public Advocates and I look forward to working with Superintendent Aguilar and the district to address the inequities that lead to low graduation rates in Sacramento City Unified School District.

Brian King, Chancellor, Los Rios Community College District

“I am excited about the commitment of Superintendent Aguilar and the Board to tackle the challenge of graduation rates.”

David Fisher, President, Sacramento City Teachers Association

“We at SCTA look forward to participating in the task force as we make Sac City the destination district for California. The hard work starts by ensuring that every student has a fully credentialed teacher in the classroom who reflects the diversity of our district as well as sufficient counselors to help guide our students to graduation and beyond.”

Kim Williams, HUB Director, Sacramento Building Healthy Communities

“All youth graduating from high school is a priority for everyone who works with youth in Sacramento. This task force will have the very important task of ensuring all youth have the opportunity to become a successful adult. We will not take this responsibility lightly!”

Dr. Hazel Mahone, President/CEO Vision 2000

“I am 100% in agreement with the need for extra effort towards graduation. Let’s remember that it starts at the elementary level and builds toward the ultimate goal!”

Mari Harris, University of California, Merced

“I am happy to support our Supt. Jorge Aguilar in improving the outcome for African-American students.”

Darryl W. White, Chair, Black Parallel School Board

“Strongly support the Graduation Task Force and will participate to the best of my ability.”

Robert Abelon, Sacramento Region Business Association

“This is a great and much needed effort to address a powerful issue in our community. Listening and learning about new cutting edge programs to help our students is a big step in the right direction.”

Toni Tinker, Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) Parent/Community Volunteer

“Graduation rates and success are a huge concern. The more knowledge and awareness that parents have on a successful graduation path for their children, the more successful our children will become.”

Alex Visaya, Jr., Parent/Community Volunteer

“I’m excited that now we have a commitment to increase grad rates moving forward. Spot on!”

Julian C. Dixon, Senior Director, Community Partnerships for the Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera

“As a representative of the Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera, I wish to stand by you in support of your new initiative. This will be our 8th year in partnership with SCUSD in our Carnegie Hall Link Up program. Link Up will enhance the education of more than 1400 Sacramento City Unified 3rd-5th grade students and teachers this year, and is poised to grow to even greater numbers in 2018/2019. We believe our music education program directly supports your initiative to improve graduation rates of the Sac City Unified students. We are proud to be a committed community partner.”