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To read the October Blog, Click here.
For Daily News of Note, Click here .
For News, Research & events,  Click here
To Access Questions for Politicians & School Officials, Click here. 

Continuing to Trade One Form of Discrimination for Another

What Are States Doing To Improve 
Inequitable Practices In Schools? Click here to learn more. 

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.   For info on Youth Empower & Student Walkouts,
click here ,   here , here, &  here.  

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

Congratulations To listen to the longest House speech Since 1909 ---, click here

For the MLK April Blog:
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. 

The book recommendation for December is
Bobby Kennedy: A Raging Spirit
by Chris Matthews.

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

* The book recommendation for November is  Canoeing The Mountains  by Tod Bolsinger, (a cross-referenced selection for the Pres. Trump era). Stakeholders will find this selection useful for discussions focusing on adaptive change --- based on "learning, loss and negotiating the gaps of our values and actions." At the least, please try to read chapter seven. 
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What Are U.S. Parents & Community Stakeholders
Doing to Prepare for the FALL 2018
Implementation of ESSA?


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

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

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. (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 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