The BPSB has been a hard-working group from its outset and the following are 2021 accomplishments.

Student Support and Assistance

  • The Black Parallel School Board awarded two $1,000 scholarships (annual awards) to local high school students.
  • One of the BPSB Zero Tolerance Youth Leadership team members participated in a Statewide Youth Task Force on School Policing.
  • Assembled a new group of students to replace outgoing members of the Zero Tolerance Youth Committee.

Parent Outreach

  • The BPSB’s Outreach Team participated in the MLK Diversity events to expand 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 informational and messaging systems.
  • BPSB parent organizers participated in interviews with Politico, Ed Source, News and Review, Yahoo New, Sacramento Bee local radio stations, and Hechinger Report.
  • BPSB conducted bi-weekly parent organizing meeting that consisted of training, community outreach, and information dissemination etc.

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 2021. Twenty-one parents participated in the workshop and 35 parents participated in the day of observation.
  • Hosted a Million Father March on the first day of school for the last 8 years. Over 500 flyers sent out, 100 parents participated and engaged in a new partnership with the United and Guided Organization.
  • Hosted an IEP Clinic for parents to meet with attorney to inquire about legal concerns related to the special education needs of their children.
  • BPSB’s team developed a school reopening matrix to evaluate the district’s reopening implementation programs and activities.
  • Participated in a press conference at Kit Carson K-8 and West Campus High School on the racist incidents on campus.
  • Parent Organizers provided support and assistance to parents with children at Martin Luther King K-8, John Still K-8, Rosa Parks K-8 experiencing an array of concerns and issues.
  • BPSB attended five (5) behavior hearings regarding students with severe discipline issues on school campuses. The meetings involved school principals, school staff, and parents and were designed to review student discipline issues and make new recommendations to return students to school, seek another school placement or expel the student from the school district.

Parent Training

  •  Assisted the Merced Black Parallel School Board in the transition from the BPSB development team to maintenance of a new organization with a managing board and member team.
  • Hosted BPSB regional meetings with Merced BPSB, Turlock, California City and Hanford members.
  • Hosted a Parent Power workshop with Ascribe and Building Healthy Community via Zoom.
  • Conducted a Classroom Observation training series. The series included the use of Synchronous Distance Learning systems to communicate with parents, other CBO’s and school district officials regarding discipline and the impact of distance learning on students of color during COVID-19.

Community Coalition Building

  • Participated in the District’s African American Advisory Committee.
  • Provided leadership to the Community Priority Coalition that reviews and make recommendations to the district’s (LCAP) efforts and other school funding related issues.
  • Provided leadership to the Restorative Practice Collaboratives efforts to assist the school district in developing discipline systems without disproportionate outcomes.
  • Members participated on the District’s LCAP Parent Advisory Committee.
  • Participated in school Coffee Chats to further the BPSB sphere of influence.
  • BPSB participated in the Central Valley Movement Building Education Justice Community Check-in regarding School Push-Out.
  • Attended Parent Advocate for Student Success meetings and will host the next two years parent training on the History of Education and how to participate successfully on a School Site Council.
  • BPSB participated in the Dignity in School Campaign, California Parent Organizing series.

District Participation

  • Prepared and submitted Restorative Practice Collaborative Reimagining School Safety Plan to the Sacramento City Unified School District.
  • Participated in District’s African American Advisory Committee.
  • Monitored and promoted restorative justice programs in the district.
  • Two BPSB parents served on the African American Advisory Committee and Local Control Accountability Plan Parent Advisory Council.
  • Provided Equity training and assistance to the Luther Burbank High School.
  • Provided family support and scholarship training at Luther Burbank High School.

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.
  • Northern California for Legal Services and BPSB’s Restorative Practice Coalition presented its data on suspensions and police arrest/referral to its partner CBO’s and school district officials.
  • Community Priority Coalition held monthly meetings with its partners to discuss the District’s LCA Plan.
  • The BPSB and the Sacramento City Unified School District have been in the lawsuit settlement process which include working with experts for the past year. The experts have conducted research and in the process of preparing a report for the parties.
  • BPSB filed a lawsuit against Tony Thurmond, state superintendent of public instruction, and the California Department of Education asking the court to force the state to increase oversight of school districts by addressing discriminatory disciplinary practices, including informal suspensions and transfers.
  • BPSB Other Work
  • Supported and assisted the Merced Black Parallel School Board transition.
  • Maintained a continuously updated calendar and web site for member information.
  • Participated in EdSource podcast on “Why Black parents started their own parallel school board”.
  • Black Parallel School Board participated in the California Department of Education’s Future of Learning Program, Alliance for Boys and Men of Color, Northern California virtual regional Community School forums..

 

The Black Parallel School Board (BPSB) is a community organization developed to work parallel to the Sacramento City Unified District Board of Education. Its major responsibility is to support the educational growth and achievement of Black students.

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