California Collaborative on District Reform. (2022). Burbank Unified School District (USD) student enrollment. [Collection of student demographic data prepared by Collaborative staff for the June 23–24, 2022 meeting of the California Collaborative on District Reform]. Available at https://cacollaborative.org/sites/default/files/2022-06/BUSD_student_enrollment.pdf.
This one-page document contains key demographic information about Burbank Unified School District (BUSD) and California student enrollment across demographic categories, including ethnicity/race, English learners, students with disabilities, socioeconomically disadvantaged students, foster youth, homeless students, and the unduplicated student count. These data are the most recent from their sources, which include DataQuest, KidsData, and Ed-Data.
EdSource. (n.d.). Burbank Unified [district-level results on spring 2019 California Smarter Balanced assessment]. Available at http://caaspp.edsource.org/sbac/burbank-unified-19643370000000.
To provide context on BUSD’s student population, we are including a set of charts and tables that display the district’s state assessment results through 2019. This compilation includes both district-wide results and results by student demographic groups. Not included are test results for pandemic years 2020 and 2021.
**Burbank Unified School District Board Policy, Philosophy, Goals, Objectives and Comprehensive Plans, § 0415, Equity (2018). Available at http://gamutonline.net/district/ burbank/displayPolicy/1121774/9.
BUSD’s school board policy on equity affirms the value of marginalized student populations, denounces racism and other discriminatory practices, and acknowledges that gaps in performance across subgroups exist because of historical inequities that schools must address. The policy also outlines how the district’s definition of equity will affect its decisions related to school finance, school climate, collaboration with outside agencies or groups, and other board policies (see the hyperlinks embedded within the equity policy to explore connections between it and other policies in the district).
**Burbank Unified School District. (2022). District anti-racist statement. Available at https://www.burbankusd.org/Page/2969.
In addition to school board policy, BUSD adopted an anti-racist statement in 2020 that guides its work related to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). In the statement, the district focuses on the unique experience and trauma that Black, indigenous, and other people of color endure and commits to active change towards all district policies and practice being anti-racist.
Burbank Unified School District. (2022). Meet our subcommittees and find out what they are up to.... Available at https://www.burbankusd.org/Page/2970.
BUSD’s DEI work is organized in four subcommittees – policy, instruction, social emotional learning, and engagement. Each subcommittee’s description includes its purpose and goals. For example, the policy subcommittee led the development of the district’s anti-racist statement and the 2020 update of the equity school board policy, while the instruction subcommittee includes issues related to text selection. The district will give an orientation to each subcommittee during Session I.
Burbank Unified School District. (2022, May 5). Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) committee update [Slide deck presented to Burbank Unified School District School Board]. Available at https://www.burbankusd.org/cms/lib/CA50000426/Centricity/Domain/1332/DEI%20 Update%20May%205%20English.pdf.
These slides from a recent school board meeting display results from an employee, student, and parent survey conducted in BUSD. The survey asked each respondent to report on their experiences and perceptions of DEI practices in the district and in their school. While each group was asked different questions, all three were asked about their perceptions of the protocols at their site for addressing racism and whether the respondent feels respected and/or accepted. Please note that while the employee results include all respondents, the student and parent results only include responses from those identified as Black or Latinx.
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