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All Students Count Action Alert!

Friday, October 17, 2014 3:18 PM | Maricel Lumaquin (Administrator)

All Students Count Action Alert!
Show your support for better national K-12 data!

ABOUT THE ALL STUDENTS COUNT ACT
As many of you recognize, our country is home to more than 48 district groups of Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AA & NHPI) students. However, data tends to generalize these populations under the label of “Asian” or “Pacific Islander & Native Hawaiian.” Many AA & NHPI groups are masked from this label and their educational challenges and disregarded.

The All Students Count Act is a bill that would require states to report K-12 student data according to the race categories that the decennial Census uses, instead of the outdated categories currently required by the US Department of Education.  It also requires cross-tabulated data by gender and disability.  This would mean that, for the first time, states would provide student outcomes (e.g. graduation rates) for black males, low-income females, or Latinos with disabilities, in addition to 7 Asian categories and 4 Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander categories. Through this campaign effort, we can gain comprehensive data on under resourced students and take strides to address these unique issues. 

CURRENT GOALS
  1. Collect at least 500 photos by November 18 for our Tumblr to provide momentum for congress to act
  2. Advocacy with legislators to build champions, co-sponsors, and supporters to pass the bill
  3. Increase student participation in the planning process and photo campaign
 HOW TO GET INVOLVED
  1. Participate in the photo campaign:
    • Take a picture with the #AllStudentsCount sign.
    • Check the box with the major race category that you belong to, and fill in the blank with the ethnicity that you identify with.  (e.g. “I am not just Asian, I am Cambodian-American").
    • Take a picture with your own sign to support #AllStudentsCount.
  2. Have your organization endorse the All Students Count Act
    • Commit your organization to participate in the photo campaign.
  3.  Stay updated through our listserve or weekly planning group
  4. Use our attached toolkit and spread this to other organizations or campuses!
IF YOU’RE IN WASHINGTON, DC…
Attend the documentary screening of "America by the Numbers: Pass or Fail in Cambodia Town?". This documentary will highlight the educational barriers that Cambodian American students face and the importance of having disaggregated data.
  • Tuesday, November 18th at 6PM
  • Capitol Visitor Center (Exact Auditorium TBD), 
  • First St SE, Washington, DC 20515
  • Panelists:
    • Maria Hinojosa, Founder of Futuro Media Group and Host of American by the Numbers
    • Quyen Dinh, Executive Director of Southeast Asian Resource Action Center (SEARAC)
    • Lian Cheun, Executive Director of Khmer Girls in Action (KGA) and Commissioner to President's Advisory on AAPI
  • Sponsors:
    • National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA)
    • Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC)
    • Center for Asian Pacific American Media (CAAM)
Watch the trailer.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR PARTICIPATION
We are excited to see the results of the All Students Count campaign and achieve K12 data reform. Through collective efforts and community organizing, we will create a better K12 education system for our future generations.

Please send all pictures or videos to allstudentscount@gmail.com so that we can add it to the campaign website at http://allstudentscount.tumblr.com

Feel free to post your pictures and videos on your social media networks (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and Tumblr) using #AllStudentsCount.

For more information, read our attached toolkit and visit our campaign website: allstudentscount.tumblr.com or contact Rita Pin Ahrens atrita@searac.org.

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