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Board of Education Advances Rights for AANHPI AMEMSA Communities (05-28-19)

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Board of Education Advances Rights for AANHPI AMEMSA Communities

LOS ANGELES (May 23, 2019) — The Board of Education voted unanimously today to protect and advance the rights of students and employees of color by increasing equity for Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) and Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim, and South Asian (AMEMSA) communities.

The resolution authored by Board President Mónica García and co-sponsored by Vice President Nick Melvoin and Board Members Scott M. Schmerelson, Jackie Goldberg, Kelly Gonez and Dr. Richard Vladovic, calls for ethnic-specific data to be created for students and employees of color, including the AANHPI AMEMSA population, which will allow Los Angeles Unified to better support their academic and social-emotional needs. More than 85,000 students of AANHPI AMEMSA background are enrolled in Los Angeles Unified, about 18 percent of the total student population.

“This is an important first step in better supporting our AANHPI AMEMSA communities,” Superintendent Austin Beutner said. “This additional information on these students will help us create more opportunities for each student.”

“I am so proud of the coalition-building around this special resolution to disaggregate data!  Thank you to Andrew Murphy for organizing over 40 community organizations to mobilize and demand more from Los Angeles Unified,” Board President Mónica García said. “We are committed to making sure all of our communities feel seen and heard! No one should feel invisible, because everyone counts!”

“We can’t manage what we can’t measure, and we can’t measure what we can’t see,” Vice President Melvoin said. “At Los Angeles Unified, we will continue to do more than commemorate our diverse student populations, we take action to improve outcomes for all our kids.”

“We are supportive of the need to disaggregate subgroup data in the most cost-effective manner as we strive to provide instructional content for optimized student success,”

Board Member Dr. George J. McKenna III said.

“Whenever possible, all of our ethnic groups should be individually designated and disaggregated, so as to monitor the progress for each individual group.” Board Member Scott Schmerelson said. “I also want the same to be done for the Hispanic designation so we may monitor student progress according to the country of origin.”

“This resolution is a step forward in recognizing the rich diversity of our students, families and staff in Los Angeles Unified. By digging deeper into the data on our communities and how they are being served, we can ensure that no one is overlooked or unaccounted for in our public education system,” Board Member Kelly Gonez said.

The resolution also celebrates May as AANHPI AMEMSA Heritage Month and recognizes May 31 as a Day of AANHPI AMEMSA Activism. It honors Vincent Chin, a Chinese-American activist who died as a victim of a hate crime.