The task force has a goal of “getting to recommendations that fold into legislation that will help fill the (opportunity) gaps.”
By A.V. Benford
California Superintendent Tony Thurmond took a daring step Thursday morning. Thurmond announced the creation of the Black Student Achievement Task Force with a goal of “getting to recommendations that fold into legislation that will help fill the (opportunity) gaps.”
The task force’s leaders are a brigade of the best minds in California Black education policy including Dr. Pedro Noguera, Distinguished Professor of Education at the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies UCLA, Dr. Tyrone Howard, Associate Dean and Professor at the School of Education and Information Studies and Founder and Director of the Black Male Institute, Desiree Carver-Thomas, Researcher and Policy Analyst, Learning Policy Institute.
Thurmond noted that “the task force is still informational and will continue to build its membership.” Senator Sydney Kamlager (D-Los Angeles), another leader of the task force, admitted to basically stalking Thurmond for the past month because she was so excited to talk about the new task force.