MBPSB and friends consist of former teachers, district personnel, community activists, and parents. We support the educational growth and achievement of Black students in Merced and the surrounding Central Valley.
MBPSB actively attends school board meetings, including Atwater, Merced City, Merced Union High School, and Weaver Union Districts, making recommendations for the district concerning African American children.
MBPSB members attend Parent Advisory Boards to get monitor and provide recommendations for LCAP (Local Control Accountability Plan.) This Advisory Board influences district budgets for educational spending.
Merced Black Parallel School Board (MBPSB) members: left-right, Annette Lee, Loretta Spence, Estella
Dunn, Pamela Merritt-Bennett and Charlie Bennett.
This July 2021, the Merced Black Parallel School Board (MBPSB) will celebrate its third anniversary as an organization advocating for Black students and parents in the Merced area.
The Black Parallel School Board (BPSB) is a community organization developed to work parallel to the Merced Area School Boards. Its major responsibility is to support the educational growth and achievement of Black students.
The MBPSB and friends consist of former teachers, district personnel, community activists, and parents. Working with the Sacramento Black Parallel School Board and attending Central Valley Movement Building (CVMB) forums, the Merced group has also been successful in actively attending school board meetings, including Atwater, Merced City, Merced Union High School, and Weaver Union Districts and making
recommendations for the districts’ LCAPs.
Though their LCAP recommendations only received a total budget of $131,000 out of a total joint LCAP budget of $143,000,000 over three years for the four districts, it’s a huge accomplishment for a group that’s only been in existence for three years.
MBPSB members continue to address problems of the high suspension rates of Black students, and the lack of adequate support for Black special education students and students with disabilities.
The Merced Black Parallel School Board needs the help African American parents, teachers, students, and the community as a whole to become actively involved by:
MBPSB needs parents, teachers, and community activists to help attend Merced school board meetings, sit on LCAP committees, and participate in activities designed to increase the academic achievement of African American students.
Angela Mathews is the BPSB community organizer for Merced. She is responsible to organizing black parents to address education injustices in Merced and the Central Valley. We invite you to contact her with your questions and needs.