Searching For & Learning From:
Excellent & Equitable Public School Systems
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In the News 
Hurricane Harvey, Irma  & Children. . . 
click here, here , and here .

Click here for  Updates  on Trump's Defense of White Supremacy & Symbols of the Confederacy  (including 109 U.S. public schools across the nation named after confederates  as well as  churches with confederate symbols ;  the Wage Gap; 
the Unfair Bail System;
Trump's  bold illegal censorship of an   ESPN black female employee;
retracting on the HarrietTubman stamp & 
his stance on  DACA ,   etc.

Note: A rally in D.C. took place on August 28th, the 54th anniversity of the March on Washington. It served as a moral rebuke  to Trump's stance on white supremacy, etc.

To learn about the CBC and its anti-racist legislation, click   here .
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Also, in the news. . . 
Is Secretary DeVos 
breaking the law? 

(Please refer to the letter sent by Senator Patty Murray & Representative Bobby Scott to Secretary DeVos  to learn about this topic. Click here  for ESSA review and public feedback processes and concerns.)

Is your department of education preventing you from participating in discussions focusing on ESSA accountability concerns ?

The public comment period focusing on the Evaluation of Existing Education Regulations has been extended. Please
submit your comments by
To learn more, click  here.  

State Accountability Plans Are Due on September 18th. Have You Read Yours?

New Federal Rule Could Force States to Lower Graduation Rates. . .  To learn more about this subject, click here
and here
Michigan Scraps A-F Grading System without legislative action. . .  
Click here to learn more. 

The Supreme Court:
Raising the Bar on  Special Education
​Click
here to learn more. The Court reasoned -- "instruction that aims so low would be tantamount to sitting idly…awaiting the time when they (students) were old enough to
drop out."
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Learn What the Experts Are Saying about
Excellent & Equitable Public School Systems
Across the Nation & Around the World! 


Topics for Discussion (& Your Checklist)
How Does Your State, District & School
Define and Support   Student Voice & Empowerment?  


Hearings

July 18, 2017

Watch Now Hearing on “ESSA Implementation:
Exploring State and Local Reform Efforts.”

July 13, 2017


Watch Now:  Hearing on “Opportunities for State Leadership
of Early Childhood Programs.”


May 24, 2017

  Watch Now:  Education Secretary Betsy DeVos
testifying before a House Appropriations subcommittee on President Trump’s fiscal year 2018 budget proposal

February 6, 2017

Watch Live Now: Debating Betsy DeVos' Nomination

February 2, 2017

Attend the Upcoming  School Choice Hearing
in D.C. on February 2, 2017!   (Time: 10 AM with an overflow room available... This event is 
open to the public.) This was an excellent hearing
with pertinent questions asked by Fudge, Davis, Adams, Scott, Takano, etc. Ms. Carter, as one of the witnesses, served the public well, too --- not only as an outstanding
parent in representing her son but also as a very knowledgeable witness. (None of them, however, talked about housing policies and lessons learned or the inclusionary housing policy option. They also did not discuss the  voluntary use of race to avoid racial isolation school choice option.  Moreover,  they did not even mention the " Unsafe School Choice" option for children who attend persistently dangerous schools. Betsy DeVos should know that parents want the best possible options for their children --- options and choices that reach beyond the idea of simply moving to another building without the supports in place that address positive student outcomes. In other words, she must discuss crucial facts and implementation insights based on proven results tied to student achievement if she is going to talk about school choice,
thoroughly.)



For info about our workshops, please click  here
 






COPACS is a U.S. collaborative of parents and community stakeholders (across races/ethnicities, gender, geographical regions, socioeconomic status and age groups) that was organized to support public school effectiveness.
 
This mission-driven goal moves beyond the “one size fits all” traditional school-based approach to parent engagement.  Instead, COPACS supports
parents as well as community stakeholders in gaining access to the latest gold and/or evidenced-based findings, best practices, lessons learned and/or the best possible solutions tied to positive student outcomes --- nothing less. 

To meet this need and/or to  further deepen parent and community stakeholder involvement in public schools, COPACS offers its members a wide range of programming ---  from capacity development opportunities aligned with research-based practices --- to "shared democratic spaces for knowledge creation, exchange and use." 

At its root, COPACS' purpose then underscores the importance of a culture of inquiry that guarantees  transparency and accountability in public school governance, discourse and decision-making connected to student achievement. 
 
To learn more about COPACS, please click here.
   
 
Joining  COPACS