>>> "Ganges, Tendaji" <[log in to unmask]> 3/24/2006 10:57 AM >>>
People -
California has just released a report entitled CALIFORNIA EDUCATIONAL
condemnation of the state of access and opportunity in California,
particularly for students of color and those from low income
communities. It is useful data that depicts the counterproductive and
destructive impact of Ward Connerly's American Civil Rights Initiative
and Proposition 209. I found the thumbnail notice of this report on
the Chronicle of Higher Education News Blog.  I've pasted in below the
brief Executive Summary. For those who wish to access the full report,
the URL for the full 21-page report is:
I'm not suggesting that most people will want or need to delve into
the level of detail of the full report. But what IS important here is
that there is such compelling evidence of the extreme and critical
unmet needs of people of color and all students from low income
circumstances. A question that might be posed to Wardell Connerly and
his partners is what are they doing to address these severe
needs...IF, as they say, they so very committed to equality and
The report is also a significant piece that we can use to convince
Michigan legislators, educators, and anyone else who needs further
evidence of the potential impact of the MCRI Constitutional Amendment,
which I believe is now officially known as Proposition 06-2.
Voice & Voice Mail: 810-762-3365
Facsimile: 810-762-3190
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California Students Face Roadblocks to College, Report Says

Fewer than half of California's college-ready high-school graduates
enroll as freshmen at four-year public colleges, and only about
one-eighth of the students who entered a California high school in the
fall of 2000 matriculated at one of the campuses of the University of
California or California State University Systems after graduating,
according to a report <>  released today by
researchers at the University of California at Los Angeles's Institute
for Democracy, Education, and Access and at the University of
California system's All Campus Consortium on Research for Diversity.

California students face significant roadblocks to college, the report
says. Among them are short supplies of high-school counselors, of
high-school teachers who are properly trained for college-preparatory
courses, and of college-preparatory courses themselves. The report
provides statewide data, such as information about each high school's
graduation and college-enrollment rates, and breakdowns of information
by legislative districts. 


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Source: Chronicle of Higher Education News Blog

Date Site Visited: 032406







Californians expect public schools to help all young people meet high
academic standards, graduate from high school, and prepare for
college. The demand for college preparation has grown dramatically in
the past decades, and now, nine of every ten U.S. high school students
intend to pursue postsecondary education.1

To monitor the quality of the state's public schools, California's
public needs information about whether or not students are meeting
these goals. It also needs to know if schools have the capacity to
help students meet them. Are the necessary conditions in place for all
students to be successful? Are there roadblocks in the way?

The 2006 California Educational Opportunity Report provides new
analyses of data about how well California's K-12 public schools are
preparing students for college, and it compares California's schools
with schools across the nation. For the first time, policymakers and
parents can look across the state and see, for every high school, the
relationships among California's educational infrastructure, rates of
high school completion, and enrollment in the state's four-year
colleges and universities. 

The results of these analyses are sobering: California students face
significant roadblocks on their pathway to college. These roadblocks
help explain why California sends fewer students to four-year colleges
than most other states in the country.

	* A lack of counselors, teachers with adequate training, and
college preparatory curriculum block the pathway to college for most
California public school students. 

			o California's high school counselors are
responsible for more students than high school counselors in any other

			o California's high school teachers are
responsible for more students than high school teachers in any other
state, and more than a quarter of California high schools routinely
assign improperly trained teachers to college prep courses. 

			o More than one-half of California high
schools offer too few college preparatory classes for all students to
complete the college preparatory curriculum. 

	* The roadblocks to college loom larger for students living in
low-income communities of color. Every California community feels the
effect of the state's educational crisis, but all communities don't
suffer equally. Schools with high concentrations of students of color,
many of whom are poor and learning the English language, report the
highest rates of unqualified teachers and shortages of college
preparatory courses in the state. These students are not given a fair
and equal opportunity to learn.

	* The roadblocks to college have a common root cause: our
state's failure to invest the necessary resources in education.
California's per capita income is among the highest in the country,
yet it has one of the lowest levels of educational spending. Adjusting
for regional cost differences, California ranks 43rd among the states
in education spending per student. The shortage of counselors,
teachers, and college preparatory courses is a direct reflection of
too few dollars going into the state's educational system. Schools
with too few counselors, appropriately trained teachers, and college
preparatory courses have a very poor record of success.


This report can be accessed online at For further
information, contact John Rogers, Associate Director, UCLA/IDEA 

phone: (310) 206-8725, fax: (310) 206-8770 [log in to unmask]