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More than 60 years after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled to repeal school segregation in Brown v. Board of Education, our public preK-12 schools remain alarmingly segregated and decidedly un-equal. Black and Brown children are clustered at underserved institutions and equity in educational outcomes remains out-of-reach for too many promising students.
Many organizations have been working, both at the state and national level, to address the crisis in public education and the civil rights issues at its core, yet a space for these organizations to meet and articulate a national equity agenda was missing.
The California Association of African American Superintendents and Administrators (CAAASA), the National Urban League, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, National Black Caucus of State Legislators, EdTrust, EdTrust West, National Council on Educating Black Children, Learning Policy Institute, NAACP Washington DC Branch, Alliance for Excellent Education, Children’s Defense Fund, California Teachers Association and other prominent National and State organizations are working to increase dialogue and ongoing collective planning, with respect to a national strategy for achieving equity for African American, Latinx and other underserved students. This initiative will bring together education and political leaders from the local, state, and national level to engage in the process of developing an effective and ongoing campaign for progress that is inclusive of communities of color across the country.
The first meeting was held September 14th, 2018 during the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Annual Conference. At this meeting, stakeholders agreed that this effort must utilize effective research data and its findings to better understand the current crisis in public education. By collaborating with education research leaders, we will be able to identify strategies and approaches to implement and recommend solutions to key educational issues. There was unanimous agreement to develop and support a National Coalition On Education Equity. The group agreed to hold future meetings in November 2018 and March 2019, that resulted in the development of a framework that serves as a guide to move this important work forward.
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