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Assessing The Education and Youth of the Great Valley Center - 2008

Assessing The Education and Youth of the Great Valley Center - 2008

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Great Valley Center201 Needham Street, Modesto, CATel: 209/522-5103 Fax: 209/522-5116www.greatvalley.org info
Supporting the economic, social, and environmental well-being of California’s Great Central Valley
Education and Youth Preparedness (Second Edition)
The State of the
reat central valley
of California
Founded in 1997, the Great Valley Center is a nonproitorganization working in partnership with the University o Caliornia,Merced to support the economic, social and environmental well-being o Caliornia’s Great Central Valley. WE WELCOME YOUR COMMENTS
The Great Valley Center201 Needham StreetModesto, Caliornia 95354(209) 522-5103ino@greatvalley.org www.greatvalley.orgREPORT ADVISORSLynn DeLapp
Partner, Davis Consultant Network 
Sally Frazier
Superintendent, Madera County Office of Education 
Je Holland
Superintendent, Sutter County Office of Education 
Kate Karpilow 
Executive Director California Center for Research on Women & Families, Oakland 
Mike Kirst
Stanford University, School of Education 
Marcy Masumoto
Central Valley Educational Leadership Institute, CSU Fresno PreK-12 Education Work Group, CA Partnership for the San Joaquin Valley 
Camden McEee
Partner, California Strategies, Sacramento 
 Ana Pagan
Director, Merced County Human Services Agency 
Larry Reider
Superintendent, Kern County Office of Education 
Kay Spurgeon
Superintendent, Colusa County Office of Education 
October 2008Dear Friends:This is the second edition o 
 Assessing the Region Via Indicators - Education and Youth Preparedness 
in TheState o the Great Central Valley series. Like our initial report in 2004, it examines the state o educationin the region and the level o preparation its young people have to succeed in school, live healthy lives, andparticipate in community lie. The data ocuses on our overarching topics: amily and home lie, poverty and children, education, and child health.Previous reports in the series have gauged the economy, community well-being, the environment, and publichealth. This examination o education and youth preparedness marks the completion o the second cycle.The reports have identiied a number o serious challenges that are likely to increase as the population o the Valley does. While agriculture is the heart o the Valley economy, urbanization is putting pressure on theseresource lands. Growth is impacting traic low, air quality and other aspects o community well being. Socan we have a great Valley? The answer is no, unless there is greater investment in the region and its systemsat this critical point in time.The report proiles a region o 19 counties, an area that is growing aster than most o the rest o thestate and almost all o the country. With an overall large immigrant population, the Valley is becomingincreasingly diverse—culturally, linguistically, and ethnically. In the report, you will ind a look at the Valley’s three subregions, and county-level data. To the south, the San Joaquin Valley is characterized by agriculture, oil and gas development, and expanding urbanization. The Sacramento Region is relatively urbanized and is increasingly looking like larger metropolitan areas on the coast. The North Valley is lessdensely populated and less urbanized. In addition to these subregional dierences in character, the datademonstrate varying levels o perormance and highlight speciic issues worth greater attention.Overall, poverty and unemployment are high. There is a deicit o good jobs and a population that, as a whole, has relatively low education levels. Fewer high school students graduate or are ready or college thanin other parts o the state. There is much poverty and relatively little access to health care. It is a oundationthat must be strengthened i the region is to provide a decent home and a promising uture or today’s youth.The report has been unded in large part by Paramount Agricultural Companies and Kaiser Permanente.Not only have Paramount and Kaiser consistently supported the Great Valley Center, their leaders aretremendously committed to improving educational outcomes in the Valley. Thank you or making adierence in many ways.Sincerely, David H. Hosley President
Supporting the economic, social, and environmental well-being of California’s Central Valle
201 Needham StreetModesto, CA 95354Phone: (209) 522-5103Fax: (209) 522-5116 www.greatvalley.org

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