BREAKING NEWS Redding Police searching for missing 'at-risk' 24-year-old woman Full Story
STREAMING NOW: Watch Now

Oroville school districts working with minority leaders following state investigation

One week after the California Dept. of Justice reached discrimination settlements with two Oroville school districts, the districts are now working with community leaders in taking corrective action

Posted: Sep 1, 2020 10:43 PM

OROVILLE, Calif. -- African-American leaders in the Oroville community are working on changes in the school system.

Oroville school districts recently settled after a California Dept. of Justice investigation on discrimination.

Oroville Union High School district and the Oroville Elementary School District are involved in settlements following State Attorney General Javier Becerra's investigation.

The investigation uncovered trends of disciplinary action aimed specifically at black students and those with disabilities.

Issues that didn't go unnoticed.

“The NAACP and AAFCC were heavily involved from the beginning, from the on-start with this so we were very much aware,” said NAACP Interim President for Butte County Janet Goodson.


Action News Now met Goodson and Director Bobby Jones at the African American Family Cultural Center in Oroville.

“Students have been severely affected by it. There are scars in the community,” said Goodson.

“At the end of the day, it's about building relationships and being open to build relationships
outside of people who might not look like us, who might not think like us,” said Jones.

Rather than dwell on the past, Goodson and Jones want current and future generations to move beyond these prejudices.

“This is a sad, but good victory because it has brought attention and light to a situation that's probably going on in many rural areas,” said Jones.

“We're always trying to look for ways to improve our services to kids and we're always looking to find ways to help students be successful,” said OUHSD Superintendent Dr. Corey Willenburg

Both Goodson and Jones will be sitting down with Oroville superintendents this Friday continuing dialogue.

Each Oroville school district has a five year plan dedicated to corrective action overseen by a state monitor.

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 3573549

Reported Deaths: 52491
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles119295421467
Riverside2897733792
San Bernardino2867552940
Orange2614083921
San Diego2606253303
Santa Clara1107551781
Kern103422877
Fresno955481443
Sacramento935281484
Alameda807771242
Ventura77749852
San Joaquin668291126
Contra Costa62720681
Stanislaus56235949
Tulare48013761
Monterey42261328
San Mateo39059515
San Francisco34291422
Santa Barbara32050413
Solano30115164
Merced29147401
Sonoma28193298
Imperial26909635
Kings22082220
Placer19861232
San Luis Obispo19696235
Madera15496214
Santa Cruz14671183
Marin13231197
Yolo12851185
Shasta11017174
Butte10970163
El Dorado9160100
Napa905369
Sutter888097
Yuba577337
San Benito577261
Lassen562419
Tehama508652
Nevada397274
Tuolumne396059
Mendocino381643
Amador346641
Humboldt321033
Lake316441
Glenn223023
Colusa213613
Calaveras191049
Siskiyou176014
Inyo131337
Mono12144
Del Norte10035
Plumas6536
Modoc4564
Mariposa3957
Trinity3705
Sierra1000
Alpine820
Unassigned00
Chico
Partly Cloudy
63° wxIcon
Hi: 72° Lo: 37°
Feels Like: 63°
Oroville
Partly Cloudy
63° wxIcon
Hi: 71° Lo: 49°
Feels Like: 63°
Chico
Partly Cloudy
63° wxIcon
Hi: 67° Lo: 46°
Feels Like: 63°
Red Bluff
Clear
68° wxIcon
Hi: 50° Lo: 16°
Feels Like: 68°
Red Bluff
Partly Cloudy
68° wxIcon
Hi: 72° Lo: 41°
Feels Like: 68°
Chico
Partly Cloudy
63° wxIcon
Hi: 74° Lo: 40°
Feels Like: 63°
Sunshine and 70s for the next few days with a few clouds today the farther south you are located. We cool down this weekend with rain chances. Showers continue into next week.
KHSL Severe
KHSL Radar
KHSL Temperatures

Community Events