Supporters of the proposal believe that waiting until 2026 will provide adequate time to prepare schools districts, students, and families for the new requirements. Yet education advocates like Congregations Organized for Prophetic Engagement (C.O.P.E.), BLU Educational Foundation, and others know the long haul battle to improve A-G access and completion rates in San Bernardino County and specifically among low income and students of color. More than a decade ago, community members brought their concerns about the massive Algebra failure rates among 9th grade students to San Bernardino City Unified School District. These failures took students off the A-G completion track and created an extra barrier to meeting the minimum three year math requirement. Unfortunately, the problem persists and community members and advocates know that time alone will not fix the statewide math crisis. There should be substantial consideration for the types of investments required to improve math instruction, student support and other K-12 resource needs. There has been no consultation between CSU and California K-12 school system regarding the readiness of high schools to expand the math to adequately meet the proposed requirement.
We appreciate the school districts, board members and superintendents from Los Angeles, Santa Ana, Anaheim, and Sacramento who chose not to ignore the realities in their own district and to stand in opposition with students and advocates. We value our very own school board members like Dina Walker, Rialto Unified School District and Danny Tillman, San Bernardino City Unified District, for their courageous example of opposition for others in the region.
The fight will continue at an extended CSU Trustee meeting on August 29, 2019 where they will review the proposed plan in detail and hear supporting and opposing views on the plan. We stand firmly in opposition and invite others to stand with us. To make your voice heard and stand in solidarity with us: