By kindergarten, 1 out of 4 African American boys in California is convinced he will fail in school, a self-fulfilling prophecy driven in part by poverty and trauma, according to the results of a legislative inquiry.
The Assembly select committee investigation on the status of boys and men of color also found that the boys are increasingly putting a strain on the state’s economic health. The findings were drawn from several community hearings, expert testimony and the input of hundreds of other stakeholders over 18 months.
The final report, scheduled for public release this week, identified education, health and employment as among the most significant areas of concern, and offered recommendations, including where to focus resources and policymakers’ attention.
“We have an untapped populace that desperately needs to be acknowledged and cultivated,” said Assemblyman Sandré Swanson, D-Alameda, who was the chairman of the committee, in a statement. “There are dozens of legislative, administrative and scalable solutions contained in this final report and action plan.” (San Francisco Chronicle)