Superintendent of Santa Clara County Schools, Dr. Charles Weis discusses the elimination of the achievement gap with SJ2020, a partnership initiative between the City of San Jose and Santa Clara County Office of Education, led by director Don Bolce.
About 40,000 San José students – nearly half of all public students tested – are not proficient in their grade level skills. About 2,300 middle and high school students drop out each year. These students are left with much fewer options and are more likely to be unemployed, rely on public assistance, and engage in criminal behavior.
To address this problem, the County Office of Education, the City of San José, educators, business leaders and community organizations have launched SJ2020. The goal: to eliminate the achievement gap in San José by the year 2020.
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