California Launches Statewide Initiative To Close Student Achievement Gap

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A statewide initiative to close the achievement gap between all students is being launched. State Superintendent Tony Thurmond says the effort is important for a better future for all Californians.

This week, Thurmond appointed Dr. Elisha Smith Arrillaga as the final co-chair of his statewide Closing the Achievement Gap Initiative. The group will come up with ways to close the gap between public education students and others. The initiative was announced in February and will focus on schools throughout the state that have shown success in closing the gap for African American and other students of color. Thurmond also announced efforts to recruit and retain more teachers of color.