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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...

Students at the Eagle Academy for Young Men in 2008

BY DAVID BANKS / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2013, 4:01 AM

In September, the Eagle Academy Foundation will open a new school in Harlem: a school for boys only, from grades 6 through 12.

We expect, along the way, to encounter charges of gender bias — and, perhaps, litigation — from the American Civil Liberties Union, which has already launched or threatened lawsuits against a dozen school districts, claiming that single-gender public schools violate equal-protection laws.

In La Crosse, Wis., just this year, the threat of litigation by the ACLU...

children running a 3-legged race

A solid education that prepares a student for college and careers makes a huge life difference for a boy of color raised in poverty. That education can be the starting point for attaining so much more in life and breaking the cycle of poverty for himself and his family.

But getting that education is no easy task. It takes hard work, persistence, and focus. And sometimes, even that is not enough. You see, for low-income students, succeeding in school is like running a three-legged race with poverty as your partner. It slows you down. Sometimes it trips you up. It can even cause you...

For Each and Every Child

On February 19, 2013, the Equity and Excellence Commission publicly released its report, "For Each and Every Child: A Strategy for Education Equity and Excellence." This Commission was formed in 2011 by the U.S. Department of Education. This idea to form this Commission was conceived by Congressman Mike Honda (D-CA) and Chaka Fattah (D-PA), who through their work on the House Appropriations Committee secured funding for the Department’s Office of Civil Rights to conduct the Commission. The Commission's charge was to provide advice to the secretary of the U.S. Department of Education on the...

Tune in to NCEBCTalkRadio to hear COSEBOC Executive Director Mr. Ron Walker answer these questions. He will interviewed by NCEBCTalkRadio hosts, Drs. Eric J. Cooper, President & Founder of the National Urban Alliance (NUA) for Effective Education and Nicole McZeal Walters, NUA Director, and Professor, University of St. Thomas.

Click below to listen live on: Monday, February 11, 2013, 10am

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/ncebctalkradio/2013/02/11/dr-ron-...

by Ron Walker
Feb 4, 2013

Why are we mute? This was the powerful essential question that Harry Belafonte asked as he received the prestigious Spingarn Award at the NAACP’s recent Image Award ceremonies. Further, he asked the listening audience, where are our leaders? where are our legislators?  where our churches?

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Senator Harkin (D-Iowa) has announced that he will not seek re-election when his current term ends in 2014. Harkin has been a champion of education and disability issues for decades, first in the House and later in the Senate.  He currently chairs the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) committee as well as the Senate appropriations committee responsible for k-12 funding. Senator Harkin has been working for several years on getting the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA formerly known as NCLB) reauthorized. The last draft version of the reauthorized bill was quite...

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