Canal Alliance’s organizational values of empowerment through education and setting high expectations drives our advocacy efforts in educational equity for youth and adults.
Our adult education and college readiness programs enable families to empower themselves with the skills they need to move from a position of vulnerability to one that allows them to more fully provide for themselves and their families. Our work at Canal Alliance is grounded in the belief that every immigrant arrives with experiences, skills, and strengths that have the potential to enrich our culture and strengthen our society.
For 2018, Canal Alliance is working on the following Educational Policy:
- In 2017, only 34% of Latino students in San Rafael City Schools completed the requirements for California public universities as compared to 65% of white students.
- In 2017, only 26% of Latino students who graduated from San Rafael City Schools completed college in six years or less, as compared to 58% of white students.
- Graduation requirements from San Rafael City Schools currently do not meet the California State University and University of California A-G requirements, meaning that a student can graduate from high school and not be eligible to attend a California public university.
Canal Alliance advocates for the San Rafael City Schools to align high school graduation requirements with University of California and California State University A-G requirements, and to provide the necessary resources and support to enable students to be successful on this path. This establishes a mandate for schools to prepare all students for college and career. If more Latino students graduate A-G eligible, they are more likely to enroll in a four-year university and graduate with a college degree. Obtaining a college degree will set students on the path out of poverty.