2019 BPSB Accomplishments
Student Support and Assistance
- The Black Parallel School Board annually awards two $500 scholarships to local high school students;
- BPSB’s Zero Tolerance Youth Leadership Team received legislative congratulations for their work in the community;
- BPSB’s Zero Tolerance Student Committee representative, Ayanna Boateng, was featured on radio station KDEE, 97.5 in Sacramento;
- BPSB’s Zero Tolerance Student Committee representatives spoke at the Capitol regarding the negative outcomes and disproportionality of suspensions;
- BPSB’s Zero Tolerance Student Committee representatives marched to the Capital, speaking out against the Stephon Clark murder and police violence against youth.
- The BPSB’s Outreach Team participated in the MLK March, Sweet Potato Festival and other community events to move its message throughout the community;
- The BPSB develops a quarterly newsletter to keep the community apprised of its activities and programs;
- The BPSB maintains its own organizational website with weekly updates as a convenience to constituents;
- BPSB has received numerous requests for interviews to include print media, and local radio stations.
Parent Support and advocacy
- Participated in school site council meetings and IEP meetings at various schools to support the parents of children attending the school;
- Hosted the Black Parent Involvement Day in February;
- Hosted a Million Father March on the first day of school for the last 6 years;
- Outreach staff participates in school PBIS Meetings;
- Outreach staff participates in Back to school orientations and other activities at partner schools;
- Outreach team provided support and assistance to parents with children in MLK K-8, John Still K-8, Rosa Parks K-8 experiencing an array of concerns and issues;
- Outreach team conducted classroom observation at Matsuyama, MLK middle school, and Parkway Elementary Schools;
- Outreach team attended CADRE’s Classroom Observation training program.
- Held Parent organizing and Know Your Right trainings and meetings as part of its Restorative Justice Coalition;
- Conducted a parent BPSB development and organizing video training for Merced parents developing their own Black Parallel School Board;
- Participated in the LA Partnership and governor’s staff meeting and State Board Chair at the Capitol to discuss solutions to the myriad of problems facing students of color.
Community Coalition Building
- Participated in the District’s African American Task Force and Transition Team;
- Provided leadership to the Community Priority Coalition (LCAP) and Restorative Practice Collaboratives;
- Members participated on the District’s LCAP Parent Advisory Committee
- Participated in school Coffee Chats to further the BPSB sphere of influence;
- Parent Organizers along with Zero Tolerance Students volunteered for the Sacramento Black Book Fair, including school site read ins;
- Attended CVMB Partner Convening in November 2019 in Fresno;
- Attended the 2019 Alliance for Boys and Men of Color Conference;
- Attended Fresno’s Equity on the Mall in April 2019;
- Attended new meetings that featured a possible new community partner entitled Parents United to Restore Our Schools Meetings.
- Participated in developing the SCUSD Reimagining School Safety Plan;
- Participated in DSC Parent Exchanges;
- Attended and regularly made public comment at SCUSD Board Meetings;
- Monitored and promoted restorative justice programs in the district;
- Provided Cultural Competency support and assistance to the McClatchy High School Staff in response to a racist Science Fair Project;
- Reduced the District’s SRO’s from 11 officers to 3 in collaboration with several community partners.
BPSB Committee Work
- Hosted monthly Black Parallel School Board community meetings;
- Our Restorative Practice Collaborative held monthly discussions about restorative justice in Sacramento City Unified;
- Community Priority Coalition held monthly meetings with its partners to discuss the District’s LCAP and the development of an alternative budget;
- BPSB has two parent representatives on the Districts Parent Advisory for LCAP;
- BPSB filed a lawsuit against Sacramento City Unified School District regarding Black students with Disabilities;
- Participated in the Disability Rights California community forums regarding the lawsuit;
- Participated in DSC Parent Organizer Conference Calls relative to common issues.
- Supported and assisted the development of the Merced Black Parallel School Board;
- Supported Black Organizing Project campaign to oust the Oakland Police out of their Schools by 2020;
- Maintained a continuously updated calendar and web site for member information;
- Worked in partnership with the offices of Assembly Members Dr. Shirley Weber and Kevin McCarty around issues related to Black Minds Matter, Ethnic Studies, Willful Defiance suspension related change legislation, and LCFF Funding;
- Developed an organizational video that explains what the Black Parallel School Board does to support and assist parents in the education of their children.