SAN JOSE, CA – The Santa Clara County Board of Education and Santa Clara County Office of Education (SCCOE) have taken action to improve access to inclusive, equitable, and high-quality education for every child in Santa Clara County, including passing two recent resolutions to support outcomes for youth receiving services through programs including foster youth and early learning and a resolution to support National Native American Heritage Month.
To improve the academic and social-emotional outcomes for Native American students and all students in the region, the County Board of Education signed a resolution acknowledging November as Native American Heritage Month. This resolution supports organizations that provide health and education services to the local native population, the efforts to keep the cultural works alive, and recent Assembly Bills AB 738 and AB 2016, introduced by Governor Jerry Brown, to include Native American History classes at the secondary level.
"This is something that is really important to do, and I hope that all of the high schools look at that and plan to have a class that is A-G compliant," stated Trustee, Joseph DiSalvo.
On Wednesday, the County of Board of Education passed a resolution in support of parity goals for foster youth in Santa Clara County. This resolution supports the work and goals of the Joint Foster Youth Task Force (JFYTF) and its subgroups formed in March 2017 by the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors and the SCCOE. The JYFTF and its subgroups including the Foster Youth Aligned Action Network were tasked to examine all aspects of foster care within the county. Final recommendations were made in June 2018 and presented to the Children's Seniors and Families committee on September 18. The recommendations were made to ensure that youth in foster care have access to supports necessary for positive academic, social-emotional, health, and financial outcomes.
"This resolution affirms our support of the parity goals of the Foster Youth Aligned Action Network. The aim is that beginning with the high school class of 2021 foster youth in Santa Clara County will achieve parity in education, employment, and income outcomes with their non-foster peers. By 2027 to increase the High School Graduation Rate to 86-percent College Graduation Rate to 33-percent, and an increased median income from $8,300 to $50,000 per year," stated County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Mary Ann Dewan.
On October 10 a resolution was passed to support Measure A funding, a continuance of the existing one-eighth-cent sales tax to support advocacy and well-being for children within Santa Clara County.
"Measure A funding is scheduled for renewal on the November 6 ballot, and provides vital services such as law enforcement and public safety, trauma and emergency room services, health coverage for low-income children, economic development and job creation, housing for the homeless; and programs to help students stay in school," said Rosemary Kamei, President of the County Board of Education.
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About the Santa Clara County Office of Education
Working collaboratively with school and community partners, the Santa Clara County Office of Education (SCCOE) is a regional service agency that provides instructional, business, and technology services to the 31 school districts of Santa Clara County. The County Office of Education directly serves students through special education programs, alternative schools, Head Start and State Preschool programs, migrant education, and Opportunity Youth Academy. The SCCOE also provides academic and fiscal oversight and monitoring to districts in addition to the 22 Santa Clara County Board of Education authorized charter schools.