Did you know that in 2014 5% of the children in California were Black? More than one out of three of those Black children were disproportionately poor. In 2013 87% of Black fourth-graders were unable to read at grade level.
Let that sink in for a minute. Nearly 90% of Black children were unable to read at grade level past the fourth grade.
Black parents, we have to ask ourselves this question: are 90% of our children inferior in their ability to learn? Or is there something wrong with the system teaching them?
Or better, maybe we should ask ourselves this question:
Is it not time for us to wake up?
Romayn Jones Linares, MA, MS, CCC – SLP
SPEAK (Speech Pathology Education Advocacy & Knowledge)
Romayn is a Speech & Language Pathologist who specializes in educational speech therapy, parent advocacy, IEP and assessment review, conducting independent evaluation (at districts expense), dyslexia and culturally and linguistically appropriate assessments.