AsianAmericanVoter.org joined Supervisor Tang, Former Supervisor Wiener and Mayor Lee and successfully advocated SFUSD in providing a 10th-Grade Geometry Summer Course as a fix for the delay of 8th-Grade Algebra
For AsianAmericanVoters.org, growing equity while supporting excellence is the way to let students to reach their highest potential. Building equity is important in a school district that has the top 25-percentile schools AND the lowest achieving 25-percentile schools in the State. Meanwhile, supporting excellence is also essential because it is the best way for Asian Americans and minorities to fight job discrimination. No one would avoid taking the train just because the railroads were built by immigrants. We need to close the achievement gap, by raising the floor while keeping the ceiling high.
Delaying 8th-Grade Algebra serves the purpose of building equity, while adding a 10th-Grade Summer Course on Geometry supports excellence. We applaud SFUSD for coming up with this nice solution. With the option of a Geometry Summer Course, students who aspire to apply at the top-notched colleges can take AP classes at 12th grade, and have a chance to complete 5 math classes in sequence in 4 years of high school.
AsianAmericanVoters.org co-hosted a seminar on School Assignment with PPS-SF for immigrant families at Hoover Middle School
About 70 parents and students of the school district attended the seminar on a stormy night at Hoover Middle School. PPS-SF made detailed explanation in Cantonese on the assignment process and encouraged families to continue with the engagement. PPS-SF also shared enrollment and assignment statistics and collected feedback. AsianAmericanVoters.org provided English translation to a dozen members who were English speakers. AsianAmericanVoters.org also served pizzas and hot tea. Many families left with more confidence after the seminar. What a collaborated success!
Asians & STEM
Did you know that Asian immigrants and Americans go into STEM fields in droves, not just because we are good at it, but it is the best way to avoid job discrimination? "Tiger parents" had figured out long ago that no one would avoid taking the train just because the railroad was built by Chinese immigrants, or go around a bridge just because it was engineered by Asian Americans.
While we are actively promoting STEM fields as a short term stop gap measure, we are working with other communities to fight discrimination head on in the long term.