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California Department of Education

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond took office early this year and quickly announced a top goal: closing the achievement gap for students of color. Hear him speak about his vision and why he thinks he can succeed where others have failed.



On the October 7th, 2014 edition of Your Call, we’ll speak with Karina Epperlein about “Finding the Gold Within,” a new documentary that focuses on six black men in a mentoring program that uses mythology and drumming as empowerment tools. Only 5.5% of college students are black men, and 46% don’t graduate from high school. What does it mean to be young, black, male and dare to step out of invisibility? It’s Your Call, with Rose Aguilar, and you.

Melanie Young

With the start of a new school year, families all around San Francisco are sending their children off with hopes for a good year and a bright future. But according to Carolina Guzman with the nonprofit Mission Economic Development Agency, or MEDA, children in the Mission District struggle on every rung of the education ladder. She says half the children entering kindergarten aren’t prepared to learn.