Today, on the footsteps of Dorsey High School in the heart of Black Los Angeles, concerned community leaders formally responded to the removal of Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent David Brewer III amidst the announcement that his contract would be bought out to the tune of over half a million dollars and he’d be replaced. Brewer himself in recent days hinted at his removal having to do with racism.
LAUSD’s lone African-American board member Marguerite Lamotte and representatives from the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Los Angeles Urban League, Los Angeles Sentinel Newspaper, Brotherhood Crusade, NAACP, New Frontier Democrats, Knowledge Transfer Summit, Alliance for Equal Opportunity and Education, Community Call to Action and Accountability, Community Coalition, Active Students for African People, parents, educators, and concerned community members all gathered at Dorsey High School to demand that a Black community representative be appointed to the selection committee for a new superintendent as well as the creation of a task force specifically to address the needs of Black students. This includes a strategic plan for African-American students with a focus on Black males who make up approximately 274 gangs in 17 cities and five unincorporated areas in Los Angeles County.
The LAUSD has 700,000 students enrolled in grades K-12, with 11.2% or 80,000 of those students being African-American. In California, the percentage of students that pass the High School English Exit Exam is lower for Blacks at 40 percent than for whites at 77 percent. The percentage of students that pass the High School Math Exit Exam is lower for Blacks at 50 percent than for whites at 81 percent. Racial inequality in High School Math Exit Exam rates between Backs and whites is greatest in Los Angeles. While at the same time, the enrollment rate of Black children in nursery school/preschool is much lower than that of whites in Los Angeles. The four-year high school dropout rate is higher for Blacks at 22 percent than for whites at 8 percent. Blacks have the highest high school dropout rates in Los Angeles 28 percent.