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COPACS' overall mission is to build the capacity of parents and community stakeholders in strengthening and advancing transparency and accountability in public school governance, discourse and decision-making tied to student achievement  (at a foundational level).

To Access Transparency, Accountability and Responsiveness in Public School Governance, Click Here.  To access the new "States & Local School Systems Page, Click Here. Questions for Politicians & School Officials, Click Here . For the MLK January 2019 Blog, Click Here. For the 2019 Purpose of Parent/Family Engagement Blog, Part I, Click  Here. For Part II, Click Here


For Dynamics of  Power, Inclusion & Exclusion, click here

Who controls the public school system in your state?
Click here to learn more.

Why must civil rights advocates support equity and achievement  in every key public school decision?
Click here and here to learn more.

For the blog centering on  gun control, click  here,  here,  
here   here ,   here , here, &  here.  

Top Evangelicals from all fifty states urge action to help vulnerable immigrants, click here to learn more. 

To listen to the longest House speech
Since  1909 --- click here
 
Tests/Assessments Are Bearing Fruit, 
click here to learn more. . .

Note: The POTUS and the Republicans passed their unpopular tax bill by overlooking the need for   public  hearings  and witness testimonies and/or democratic principles.    Contact your elected officials to complain about their undemocratic actions. 

Book Recommendation:   Bobby Kennedy: A Raging Spirit
by Chris Matthews.

Getting Back to the Basics --- Click here to read this article. 

For information on the: Supreme Court & Raising the Bar on  Special Education , c lick here . 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."

Note: "In many states, once a student accepts a private school voucher, federally mandated protections are no longer in place."  To learn more, click here

*Book recommendation:  Canoeing The Mountains  
by Tod Bolsinger, (a cross-referenced selection). 
Try  to  read chapter  7. 
 
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What Questions Are U.S. Parents & Community Stakeholders 
Asking Their States About ESSA's  Implementation?  

What should you know about parent and family engagement
in public schools? Click here to learn more. 


Learn What The Experts Are Saying About
The ESSA State Accountability Plans &
How States Are Misinterpreting Or Failing To Address
This ESSA Mandate


Topics for Discussion (& Your Checklist)

How Does Your State, District & School
Define and Support   Student Voice & Empowerment?  


Hearings

March 26, 2019
Watch Now : Secretary DeVos Answers Questions about
the 2020 Education Budget 

February 27, 2019
Watch Now : Classrooms in Crisis: Examining the Inappropriate Use of Seclusion and Restraint Practices

June 5, 2018

Watch Now : Hearing with “Secretary Betsy DeVos on the
Fiscal Year 2019 Education Budget Request. . . etc.”
Please review Senator Pat Murphy's comments by scrolling to: 1:09.


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


Also, please take the time to listen to these two archived hearings.

(Senator Michael Bennet focused on some important points for parents to discuss. Scroll to 1:16 for more info).
Also refer to this link as well. 

Summary--- Teacher union leaders, school superintendents, and education scholars testified at this hearing on the implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act, which was signed into law in December 2015 to replace the No Child Left Behind Act. Witnesses voiced concern about the Title I funding provisions involving high-poverty schools. Other topics included educational opportunities for disabled students, attracting high-quality teachers, and the impact of the law in rural areas.


School Choice Hearing
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. (It is also important for parents and community stakeholders to discuss  housing policies and lessons learned or the inclusionary housing policy option. They must also discuss the  voluntary use of race to avoid racial isolation --- also a school choice option.  Moreover, stakeholders must understand 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” or the one dimensional 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