Attend CJUHSD School Board Meetings

While the graduation rate of all RCHS students is about 95%, Black students here and at Los Osos are less than 49% College and Career Ready, significantly less than other racial groups on both campuses.

Young freedom fighter, Elizabeth Eckford, one of the Little Rock Nine, braves a white mob as she galiantly walks to  Little Rock Central High School on September 4, 1957 while Hazel Bryan Massery (born c. 1941 -- never.forget.her.name!) snarls savagely at her and joins other white women shouting racist epithets and terrorist threats.

Young freedom fighter, Elizabeth Eckford, one of the Little Rock Nine, braves a white mob as she galiantly walks to Little Rock Central High School on September 4, 1957 while Hazel Bryan Massery (born c. 1941 -- never.forget.her.name!) snarls savagely at her and joins other white women shouting racist epithets and terrorist threats.

The RCHS Black Parents Association strongly encourages all African American parents to attend the monthly CJUHSD School Board meetings, express your thoughts and advocate for meaningful change for our students.  This includes narrowing the gap between our children and white students, who, at the “best” schools in our district — Rancho Cucamonga High School and Los Osos High School — fare much worse.  For example, did you know that:
  • While the graduation rate of all RCHS students is about 95% (which, of course is what high schools are supposed to do), Black students here and at Los Osos are less than 49% College and Career Ready, significantly less than other racial groups on both of the these campuses.  This means that RCHS and LOHS are graduating Black students at high rates without taking needed steps that they are in fact College and Career ready when they graduate;
  • RCHS African American students have the second highest rate of suspensions at 8.1% at the school and this number has increased. Disabled students are highest at 9% while white students are only at 3.4% and their number of suspensions has declined (caschooldashboard.org).  LOHS African American students also have higher suspension rates than other racial groups; and,
  • RCHS and LOHS African American student state test scores in Math and English not only remain far lower than white, Asian and Latinx scores but they have declined.  See the statistics from the California Department of Educations’s testing metric, caschooldashboard.org).
  • Most, if not all, of RCHS English teachers (most of whom are non-Black) have failed to teach full novels from Black writers, including Toni Morrison, an African American Nobel Prize Laureate who has won almost every literary award even though they persist on teaching novels written primarily by white men.  Many if not most students at RCHS, to the extent they are taught that prominent Black writers have existed throughout history and now, have only been exposed to a few Black poets and excerpts from larger works.
  • Many Black seniors, because their majority nonwhite teachers have not taught it, have never even heard of Toni Morrison or other prominent Black writers — placing them at a clear disadvantage if our kids go to college outside of the community college system.
RCHS is certainly not the worst school and has many positive aspects.  But don’t we want our children to excel — not just get by — and exceed what we had coming up?  The Black Parents Association had requested the assistance of both the RCHS and CJHUSD administrations to help alert Black parents of our existence and to permit us to meet in the school’s library before this school year began.  RCHS and CJUHSD steadfastly refused.  Considering that RCHS sent out a Robocall to all or most of its Asian parents asking if any could contribute costumes and items to the Mulan-themed Homecoming Dance (because, one supposes, RCHS and CJUHSD believe all Asian parents, regardless of heritage would be able to do this!), RCHS’ and CJHUSD’s failure to alert Black parents of information critical to their children’s educational progress is beyond troubling. The District even tried to squash this group by claiming that a Board Policy forbids parents from advocating as a group, until the District was reminded that any such Board Policy interpretation would violate the First Amendment under the U.S. Constitution as well as the California Constitution and other laws.
As parents, we are critical stakeholders.  This means that rather than being passive recipients of the whims of our child’s teachers and administrators, some who, unfortunately, do not believe they are accountable to parents, YOU have the absolute right to make sure that they understand that this not the case.
https://cjuhsd-ca.schoolloop.com/boardmeetingschedule.
2019-2020 CJUHSD Board Meeting Schedule
Date
Time
Location
July 16, 2019
5:30 P.M.
Chaffey High School – GWS Rededication
August 20, 2019
6:30 P.M.
Rancho Cucamonga High School – MPR
September 10, 2019
6:30 P.M.
Ontario High School – Library
October 15, 2019
6:30 P.M.
District Office Board Room
November 12, 2019
6:30 P.M.
Los Osos High School – Library
December 10, 2019 (1st Interim)
6:30 P.M.
Colony High School – Lecture Hall
December 17, 2019 (Organization)
4:00 P.M.
District Office Board Room
January 14, 2020
6:30 P.M.
Montclair High School – Library
February 18, 2020
6:30 P.M.
Alternative Education Center – MPR
March 10, 2020 (2nd Interim)
6:30 P.M.
Alta Loma High School – Cafeteria
April 14, 2020
6:30 P.M.
Etiwanda High School – MPR
May 12, 2020 (Recognition)
6:30 P.M.
District Office Hill Auditorium
June 16, 2020
(Proposed Budget/LCAP Public Hearing)
6:30 P.M.
District Office Board Room or Courtyard
June 17, 2020
(Adopted Budget/LCAP)
12:00 P.M.
District Office Board Room
July 21, 2020
6:30 P.M.
District Office Board Room or Courtyard