New Research and Maps on Tap. What is a good job? How much education is needed? What are the economic payoffs? These are some of the questions Education Week aims to answer with Diplomas Count: Ready for What? Preparing Students for College, Careers and Life After School its second annual report on graduation rates. Diplomas Count finds that “Nationwide, only about 70 percent of 9th graders make it to graduation…that figure drops to 46 percent for Black males and 52 percent for Hispanic males.” The report includes descriptions of the “Reality Gap”
between dropout rates reported under NCLB vs. independent research and interactive maps and special reports for every state and school district.
12 Things You Should Know and Expect. As a resource for parent leadership, check out As a Parent, Here are 12 Things You Should Know About and Expect From Your Schools…and Yourself – in English and Spanish, produced by KSA-Plus Communications and the Center for Parent Leadership at the Pritchard Committee.
Highlighting School-Family-Community Partnerships. This year, Annie E. Casey Foundation has published stories and findings from its education investments online at Connecting Schools, Families, and Communities.
Raise Parent Involvement in NCLB. The Public Education Network (PEN), after three years gathering public input on NCLB, is advocating for far stronger provisions for parent engagement in NCLB reauthorization. See: June 8: PEN pushes for stronger parental involvement measures. For highlights from public hearings on NCLB in Texas, including a hearing that IDRA convened in collaboration with PEN, visit: http://www.publiceducation.org/nclb_hearings.asp.
Listen In! Jump to Valuing Families in Children’s Education for an IDRA Classnotes podcast by Aurelio Montemayor, director of IDRA’s Texas Parent Information Resource Center.
Check out Iowa public radio show The Exchange (NPR, May 2007) to hear Karen Pittman, executive director of the Forum for Youth Investment, describing Ready by 21 and a national vision for youth development.
Youth Voices. “How would it feel to be the only student of your race…a token Black student in an advanced placement class? At this moment, there are hardly any Blacks in AP classes…When minorities are not encouraged to take advanced placement classes a defacto segregation line is created. The dream of Brown and Mendez was not only to make education equal for all races but to also give hope to improving education as a whole.”
- Little Rock High School student, presenting to cross-sector leaders in Arkansas attending IDRA’s Mendez and Brown Community Blueprint Dialogues (click here for a virtual tour), Little Rock, Arkansas 2007.
Congratulations to the Graduating Class of 2007!
Spring is a time of commencement…and promise. 30 years ago, on June 16, 1977, Barbara Jordan delivered the commencement address at Harvard University. Jordan, the first Black woman from the South to be elected to the Texas legislature since Reconstruction said: "What the people want is simple. They want an America as good as its promise."
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