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Hearing will explore the educational needs of boys and men of color


The Assembly Select Committee on the Status of Boys and Men of Color in California, will hold a public hearing tomorrow from 2:30-4:30 p.m. in the courtyard of the California African American Museum, 600 State Drive, Exposition Park in Los Angeles.

Chaired by Assemblymembers Reginald Jones-Sawyer Sr. (D-South Los Angeles) and Rob Bonta (D-Oakland), the hearing will hear reports from various organizations and individuals in the private and public sectors to assess whether or not the state’s education system addresses disparities and inequities in access, opportunity, and achievement for boys and men of color.

The event will be live streamed at and copies of the actual presentations will be made available in November as part of the committee’s final report. Those interested in the individual presentations can visit under Video on Demand.

Interested individuals will be given an opportunity to provide their input to committee members following the scheduled presentations.

In addition to the two legislators, the hearing will feature presentations before the entire Assembly Select Committee on the Status of Boys and Men of Color in California.

Among those presenting are State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, who will address the state’s achievement gap; Earl R. Perkins, E.D.D., associate superintendent of district operations for Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), who will address K-12; Ramona E. Bishop, E.D.D., superintendent of Vallejo City Unified School District,  and president of  the California Association of African-American Superintendents and Administrators (CAAASA); Alex M. Johnson, executive director Children’s Defense Fund – California; Matthew Smith, Male Success Alliance, California State University Dominguez Hills (CSUDH), who will be part of a panel on post secondary eduation. Also appearing will be Julie Sinai, policy director of the Roberts Enterprise Development Fund; Jeffery T.D. Wallace, president, LeadersUp; George Weaver, consultant with the Brotherhood Crusade; Leticia Barajas, vice president, Los Angeles Trade-Technical College (LATTC); Betty Hung, policy director for Asian Americans Advancing Justice.