A Coalition of Black Women Leaders and Mothers will pose questions to the two candidates for California Superintendent for Public Instruction – Assemblyman Tony Thurmond and Marshall Tuck – on the state of Black Student achievement and experience at a forum moderated by Kimberly Ellis.
Several hundred people are expected to attend the forum Saturday, Sept. 15, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Holy Names University, 3500 Mountain Blvd. in Oakland,
Dropout rates are far higher for Black students than for other students and graduation rates are lower. In fact, the gap in graduation rates between African American students and their White peers is 20 percent. Overall, 68 percent of California’s Black students graduate from high school in four years.
Convening partners are Sistallect, Inc., Black Women Organized for Political Action and California Black Media, and Holy Names University is the host.