The Readiness Projects Partners
In the spring Sacramento City Unified Schools had 1,636 students they were unable to locate. Homeless students and Laotian students were over represented in this group. Superintendent Jorge Aguilar noted that while this number was only 3% of the district’s population, he did not find comfort. “Every one of those numerators we have to treat with utter respect because they represent individual lives.” The district has now located the vast majority of these students, but continues to see disproportionalities in attendance and engagement.
Sacramento City Unified’s story is not unique. Across the county, districts are reporting declining enrollment.