Over 50 Organizations Urge Governor Brown to Commit to Closing Achievement & Opportunity Gaps

Governor Jerry Brown recently commented on California’s education initiatives and the achievement gap.

In response to a question about closing the achievement gap so that students can graduate and go on to college or a career, the Governor responded “Do you mean a career as a waiter? Do you mean a career as a window washer? Or do you mean something more elevated? Then who’s going to do all that other work that’s not elevated? Who does that? Or do we get robots for that?”

In response to his comments, over 50 California-based civil rights, social justice, and education organizations signed the letter below urging the Governor to continue the state’s commitment to equity by not just narrowing, but closing the achievement and opportunity gaps, continuing the work of the Local Control Funding Formula, and supporting a strong accountability system.

See the media coverage of the letter here.


Letter to Governor Brown

Letter Signatories

Advancement Project
Alliance for Boys and Men of Color
Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment
Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus
Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles
Association of African American Educators San Diego
The BlackBoard of West Contra Costa
Black Parallel School Board
BLU Educational Foundation
Building Blocks for Kids – Richmond
California Alliance of African American Educators
California Association for Bilingual Education
California Latino School Boards Association
Californians for Justice
Californians Together
Central California Environmental Justice Network
Chicano Latino State Employees Association
Children’s Defense Fund – California
Community Coalition
CD Tech
Community United for Restorative Youth Justice
Congregations Organized for Prophetic Engagement
Democrats for Education Reform
The Education Trust–West
Educators 4 Excellence
Faith in Action Kern County
Families in Schools
Fathers & Families of San Joaquin
Future is Now
GO Oakland
GO Public Schools
GO West Contra Costa
Green Dot
The Greenlining Institute
Growing Up in Santa Cruz
Heart of Los Angeles
Inland Congregation United for Change
InnerCity Struggle
Kids in Common, a Program of Planned Parenthood Mar Monte
Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights
Life Center Church
Los Angeles Urban League
LULAC of the Inland Empire
Parent Revolution
Parents Advocates League
Partnership for Children and Youth
Parent Institute for Quality Education
Public Counsel
Reading and Beyond
Roberts Family Development Center
Students First
Students For Education Reform
Students Matter
United Way of Greater Los Angeles
Urban League of San Diego County
The Village Nation
Youth Together