In November, the California Assembly Select Committee on the Status of Boys and Men of Color held a hearing to discuss design of new school system accountability standards, and how they must include measuring outcomes for boys and young men of color.
The hearing included a discussion of local standards, based on the new Local Control Accountability Plan and CORE waiver, and reform of the statewide Academic Performance Index.
VoiceWaves attended the event and talked to school officials, community leaders, and students and asked them to share perspectives on how to design the new state and local school accountability standards to include male students of color. Their voices are highlighted in the video above.
Alyson Bryant was raised in Long Beach and is a graduate of Long Beach Poly High. Alyson has learned and seen a lot since high school, witnessing first-hand gang violence and the effects it had on her friends and fellow classmates– from going to jail to being killed. As a result, she has a strong passion for at-risk youth and her community. She is a youth mentor for at the California Conference for Equality and Justice and focuses her work on Long Beach youth in schools and detention centers. Since high school, she has obtained a A.S. degree in criminal justice and is now working on her B.A. With the opportunity she has be given by VoiceWaves, she is able to tell story about Long Beach and the issues it faces and speak for the communities whose voices are often marginalized.