What Are Some of the Benefits of Joining COPACS?

Everybody knows that the U.S.  public education system has overlooked or simply ignored a wide range of educational issues and concerns (throughout the nation) for years. This so-called unintentional (?) failure to notice or to question why the U.S. has become less competitive on a global scale for all students --- in spite of the passage of ESEA 1965 --- is a matter of neglect on many different levels  due to an undermining of American democratic principles and social justice. Transparency and accountability, especially in public school  governance tied to school achievement, therefore, remain critical concerns at the foundational level since public school officials and special  interest groups dominate the conversations connected to schools.   

With these concerns in mind, there is an urgent need for the public to be informed and engaged in public school conversations if schools are to improve, at all. (At last count over half of U.S. public schools were failing.) Yet, many Americans, even highly educated Americans, have never even heard about ESEA 1965, let alone ESSA. Why?   This question, in and of itself, may show that " principals, board members, and administrators — operate with an assumed “logic of confidence” between public schools and their constituents and/or exist  as a way to buffer schools from outside inspection, interference, or disruption ." On the other hand, it may prove that our nation views the U.S. public education system as a low priority area in which the educational needs of children can be,   without much fanfare, underserved --- unless something happens or some new information is revealed causing the public to react to it.

For instance, consider the overall low NAEP scores for high school students across the nation in comparison to other nations or  that " two-thirds (68 percent) of U.S. high school students do not know that it took a constitutional amendment to formally end slavery ."

At the same time, the ongoing gun control debate is a key priority area  for the public to address. While priority areas can change with each public school community there is agreement across the nation that students must be safe, at all times, while at school.  As a result, the debates impacting public school safety concerns center on everything from lax gun control legislation to deficiencies in school safety provisions , all signs of the neglect of public schools to address safety concerns based on the high numbers of school shootings in different geographical areas, a fact allowing Republican partisanship (in most  areas) to dominate and limit the quality of these discussions.

 Consider this statement made on February 15,  2001: 

             After countless other shooting tragedies, Congress cannot guarantee that it never happens again because                        one year later Congress has not worked seriously to reduce youth access to guns or to pass legislation that                       will make our nation's children safer.

Seventeen years later, and Congress is still moving at a snail's pace. Americans still have not witnessed any quality, research-based overall gun control legislation or federal standards to speak about --- except for the fact that elected officials have given themselves a snail's pass for their lack of action on this matter, leaving Americans to ask what do politicians do? Why is keeping American children safe such a non-issue that can be set aside for another day --- a low level priority of little importance to politicians?  For example, " Massachusetts is the only state that requires that all firearms be stored with a locking device . . ."  

But, add on the fact that the U.S. does not even have any federal standards for locking devices. . ." means that any claim that conservative politicians (in particular) think that they can make about trying to prevent  firearm deaths is a lie (Consider the six year old who had access to the gun that killed Kayla Rolland or that Nicholas Cruz had access to a AR 15 rifle that murdered 17 individuals even though the rifle was, purportedly, under lock and key.) And still, the discussions are controlled and dominated by special interest groups, gun lobbyists or associations such as the NRA (an association that supports the proliferation of guns in America) --- or pro-gun groups who appear to dictate what Republican politicians (who currently control both houses) say and do when it comes to the safety of children. The question is: can these same politicians who take millions of dollars from the NRA still disagree with them for the sake of children and, finally, support research-based safety solutions ? To date, the answer is still no.

Given these facts, parent and school official debates should be tied to   procedural justice and/or fair, actionable goals that underscore bonafide, research-based (proven) solutions.  Overall, the topics that parents are concerned about will vary but they all have  best practices and lessons learned attached to them. COPACS helps create the platforms, research syntheses and opportunity spaces for these conversations. These topics include but are not limited to:

Title One
School Choice
Parents & Community Stakeholders
Transparency & Accountability in Public School Governance
Traditional Schools
Charter Schools
The Common Core State Standards
The Common Core State Aligned Curriculum (Research Based)
The Common Core State Standards Aligned Tests
Early Childhood Development
Teacher Effectiveness
Instructional Leadership
Student Voice & Engagement
Special Education.
When, Where & How Dreams Are Realized
Underserved Children & Lessons Learned
School Finance
Questions for Politicians & School Officials


By Joining COPACS. . .

  • You will learn about ESEA 1965 and its many reauthorizations, including ESSA --- supported by optional supplemental guides (fee-based starting November 23rd) that are only available to members. 
  • You will explore and learn about a wide range of educational topics that impact positive student outcomes --- supported by optional supplemental guides (fee-based starting November 23rd) for discussion groups that are only available to members.
  • You will understand why attending legislative hearings and/or following what your federal, state, and local leaders do and say are all tied to positive student outcomes ---outcomes backed by research or high, quality proven data.
  • You will gain access to up-to-date information focusing on the latest educational issues and political concerns --- including if --- or how states, districts and schools across the nation are addressing these critical concerns from safety to school funding concerns. 
  • You will gain access to research-based syntheses, PowerPoint presentations, webinars ---and conference call options focusing on critical issues, etc.
  • You will learn about the individuals as well as educational and research organizations that have supported school effectiveness or best practices and lessons learned tied to student achievement, including why this goal is important. 
  • You will gain access to studies that support stakeholder engagement in public and private school systems, etc. based on gold and/or evidence-based research.
  • You will learn how to support and promote transparency and accountability in school governance, discourse and decision-making tied to student achievement and most importantly, school safety. 
  • You will gain access to an up-to-date calendar of workshops and conferences that focus on parent and community stakeholder events, etc.

Membership Information
Parents, community stakeholders, parent advocates, parent educators, parent practitioners who would like to learn more about
strong parent engagement tied to real solutions,
please email us at info@copacs.org.