By OBSERVER Newsroom

  • WHAT: Rally for Public Education Funding Equity for California Black students. Nearly 500 people are expected to rally. 
  • WHEN: Wednesday, April 27, 2022 at 12:00 PM PST
  • WHERE: California State Capitol, West Steps
  • WHO: Assemblymember Dr. Akilah Weber; Dr. Margaret Fortune, Fortune School of Education; Dr. Ramona Bishop, Elite Public Schools; Rev. Dr. Tecoy Porter, Executive Director, National Action Network Sacramento; Rev. Jonathon Mosley, Director, National Action Network Western Region; Joette Spencer Campbell, NAACP San Bernardino; Tak Allen, International Faith Coalition; Dondrell Swanson, Alpha Community Education Initiative; Bina Lefkovitz, Trustee Sacramento County Board of Education; Tracie Stafford, Chair, Sacramento Democratic Party

Hundreds of educators, students and faith leaders will rally at the State Capitol in support of legislation (AB 2774-Weber, Holden) that will provide $400 million per year in additional funding for the lowest performing subgroup not currently generating additional state or federal funds. Currently, these are Black students. Following the rally, educators, students, faith and civil rights leaders will march to 1021 O Street to testify in support of AB 2774 by Assemblymember Dr. Akilah Weber and co-authored by Chris Holden that will be heard in the Assembly Education Committee.  

This legislation will address the equity issues surrounding the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) that was designed to provide additional funding for the highest need students. However, over one quarter of Black students are NOT receiving the supplemental funding through LCFF. AB 2774 will remedy this problem and ensure that Black students have equitable resources in school to succeed.