Click here to read the full report. We also welcome you to read an op-ed about the report and our news release.
Our schools have faced unprecedented challenges over the past three years. Lost learning time. Teacher burnout and staffing shortages. A mental health crisis among students.
We at San Joaquin A+ applaud the herculean efforts of teachers, parents, and school staff for the work they’ve done to support students over the last few years. When we look at what is happening in schools, data shows students are falling behind, and local feedback indicates that students and educators feel stuck in neutral.
There is another crisis facing the largest school district in our county that is creating this feeling. It hasn’t received the same level of attention as COVID, but may arguably create even more lasting challenges for the students and families of the Stockton Unified School District: the inept governance of the Stockton Unified School Board.
Stockton’s failed school governance has held back the district from reaching its full potential and actually undermined the work of our hardworking teachers. Our teachers deserve clear, consistent leadership.
This report is a call to action. Researchers at Georgetown University estimate
roughly $109 million dollars is needed to catch SUSD students up in reading and math.
The $250 million in federal American Rescue Plan funding must be used to fund and scale innovative solutions to our most pressing challenges – like providing high-dosage tutoring to catch students up after two years of learning loss and prioritizing student social and emotional health and safety in doing so.
As a community, we must be ready to both hold Board members accountable to engage with the public on these important issues, while also acknowledging and supporting those leaders and educators who are focused on helping students catch up.
We urge SUSD families and community members to engage with any potential school board candidates who will prioritize the challenge ahead by transparently and urgently putting federal funding to work to help our students.
We Believe Can Support Our Educators and Leaders, While Holding Those Accountable Who Put Up Barriers for Our Youth. Click here to read the full report.
We are providing more resources below for your reference:
- Stocktonia.org | Commentary: We can support our educators while holding leaders responsible
- A+ News Release | New Report Titled ‘Stuck in Neutral’ Details How Stockton School Board is Holding Back Progress in County’s Largest District
- NY Times | Could Tutoring Be the Best Tool for Fighting Learning Loss?
- San Joaquin Grand Jury 2021 | Stockton Unified School District Board of Trustees: Dissension, Dismay, and Disarray
- San Joaquin Grand Jury 2022 | Stockton Unified School District: A Failing Grade in Public Trust