Congressman Kevin McCarthy has appointed Marshall Dillard, Principal of William Penn Elementary School in the Bakersfield City School District, to serve on the Commission on the Social Status of Black Men and Boys. As the Republican Leader in the House, Congressman McCarthy is permitted to appoint one member, an expert on issues affecting Black men and boys in America, to this commission.
McCarthy released the following statement on Mr. Dillard’s appointment:
“I first met Marshall about thirty years ago at Bakersfield High School. After graduating from Stanford University, Marshall came back home to Bakersfield, devoting his career to helping generations of young minds dream and reach their educational potentials.
“When I think about educators who go above and beyond, Marshall is one of the first people that comes to mind. He has spent decades in the classroom serving as an invaluable role model to countless students in our community, and has never been afraid to do what it takes to reach his students, even if that means being a little less than serious. He’s even gone as far as shaving his head and painting it blue to encourage his elementary students to perform acts of kindness in their school. That’s because Marshall knows that joyful moments like these will help shape students’ relationship with education.
“And for these reasons, Marshall was a natural choice to serve on this special commission. I am confident that his Driller grit, in tandem with his passion for eliciting positive change in our community, will be a major asset, and I am proud to have appointed him.”
Background on Mr. Dillard
Marshall Dillard is the Principal at William Penn Elementary School in the Bakersfield City School District. Mr. Dillard is also the Vice President of the Driller to Driller Foundation (Bakersfield High School academic scholarship foundation) and serves as the Chairperson of the African American Network of Kern County. He previously served as an administrator for Sandrini School in the Panama-Buena Vista Union School District. Dillard graduated with his B.A. from Stanford University and his M.A. in Ed. Administration from the University of La Verne.
Background on the Commission
The new Commission on the Social Status of Black Men and Boys, signed into law on August 14, 2020 (P.L. 116-156), was created to conduct a systemic study of the conditions affecting Black men and boys, including poverty, violence, fatherhood, homicide and incarceration rates, income, and school performance, among other issues, and compile a series of recommendations to alleviate or remedy the underlying causes of these conditions. Findings and recommendations are to be compiled into a yearly report and delivered to Congress and the President.
The Committee is comprised of 19 members. The Speaker and Minority Leader of the House and the Majority and Minority Leaders of the Senate each appoint one member of the Commission. The Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus is a member of the Commission and appoints an additional five members to the Commission. The President appoints two members and the remaining seven members are appointed by the Civil Rights Commission, the EEOC, and the Depts. Of Education, Justice, HHS, HUD, and Labor. The members serve two-year terms initially and four-year terms for all subsequent appointments.
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