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Our corps members will be stepping into the education landscape in California at an important time in district, state, and community reform efforts.

We partner with a number of schools and districts throughout the cities of Avenal, Delano, Sacramento, and Stockton. We face an unprecedented landscape today as the national dialog on education begins to reflect the dire need for change. Our region has an unusual position to set trends and serve as an example of what could be accomplished in the state. Despite some successes, graduation rates in communities across the state continue to stagnate, and of those who do not graduate, many are ill-equipped to move on to the next stage in their educational and professional careers.  

This profound achievement gap is particularly pronounced in our region, where the graduation rate for African Americans and Latinx/Hispanic students is significantly less than that of white students. Moreover, children in low-income neighborhoods carry the brunt of these failures, with discrepancies in outcomes running along socioeconomic status and ethnicity, even within the districts. More than 60 percent of Teach For America California Capital Valley's corps members have ties to the Central Valley region.

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