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By Howard Stevenson
Professor, University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education 

Let’s say your Black son comes home one night, scared, out of breath from running. He tells you that some guy with a gun chased him and shot at him, and his girlfriend heard the whole thing on the phone. He stammers that all he was doing was going to the store for a bag of Skittles and iced tea. 

Now you have to muster the courage to respond. What do you say? How can you protect him? What can you do to make sure that he comes home safe tomorrow...

We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2nd annual COSEBOC School Awards:

Best Academy in Minneapolis, Minnesota 

Devonshire Elementary School in Charlotte, North Carolina 

Merrillville High School in Merrillville, Indiana

Salk Elementary School...

This week, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights has released a new report,"Reversing the Rising Tide of Inequality: Achieving Educational Equity for Each and Every Child." The Leadership Conference aims to bolster the effort to achieve both quality and fairness in our nation’s public educa­tion system. In the report, The Leadership Conference explains the current available state remedies for inequity; examines the...

On April 10th, President Obama released his Fiscal Year 2014 Budget. Overall, for education, it’s good news. The Administration is requesting $71.2 billion in discretionary appropriations for the Department of Education in fiscal year 2014, an increase of $3.1 billion, or 4.5 percent, over the fiscal year 2012 level.

The 2014 budget request for the Department of Education is focused on six priorities: (1) high-quality early learning opportunities for all children, (2)...

132,000 Black Men and Boys Are Too Precious to Lose

By Rhonda Tsoi-A-Fatt Bryant
COSEBOC Policy/Advocacy Coordinator

The gun violence issue most keenly affects black men in America. While black males are 6 percent of the United States population, they constitute 48 percent of the homicide victims who die by firearms in our nation. On average, about 4,900 black males are killed with guns every single year. Between 2000 and 2010, 53,850 black males died by firearms in America. Between now and 2025, if we don’t act,...

A COSEBOC Tradition Continues to Grow

The Grand Procession of Young Men
A COSEBOC Tradition Continues to Grow  

The annual Gathering of Leaders has created a remarkable path of traditions. One of the traditions is the Procession of Young Men. Each year young men from COSEBOC schools take the stage to demonstrate their understanding of the designated theme. Their entry at the beginning of the Gathering serves as a powerful inspiration to all who are present. The presence and voices of the young men, reminds us that they are gifted, talented and able to soar to incredible levels of...

The Center for American Progress (CAP) has a released a new report, "Mayoral Governance and Student Achievement: How Mayor-Led Districts Are Improving School and Student Performance," examining mayoral control of school districts. This model began as a strategy to raise urban school performance. It began in Boston in 1992, followed by Chicago, Baltimore, Cleveland, and many others. Over the last 20 years, almost 20 urban school systems have been...

California State Senate has introduced new legislation that will provide more career-oriented curriculum and training for California students by enhancing the connections between schools and industry. The Dropout Reduction and Workforce Development Bond Act of 2013, SB 594, creates these new business-school partnerships that enable students to have more opportunities for career training leading toward middle class jobs, while business and industry will benefit from growth in California’s skilled workforce. Programs serving economically disadvantaged students in school districts with high...

Urban Prep Academy Assembly

Tour the renowned Urban Prep Academy

We are proud to offer a tour of to attendees of our 7th annual Gathering of Leaders in Chicago, Illinois.  Start the Gathering right by visiting Urban Prep from 7:30-10:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 25th.  Seats for the School Tour are filling fast -...

Seeing potential and talent where others see misbehavior and disrespect

by Ron Walker, COSEBOC Executive Director
March 7, 2013

During a recent site visit to our Mississippi Leadership Academy, I had the good fortune of meeting 5 year Kaiden Johnson in Biloxi, Mississippi. He is a student at the Early Learning Center directed by Mrs. Eula Crowell, a dedicated champion for poor and underserved families and their children. On a financial shoestring, Mrs. Crowell and her able staff produce young scholars between the ages of 4 and 5 who leave her center ready, willing and able to read.  In fact she...

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