News in Brief: A National Roundup
Civil Rights Groups Press Congress to Make Secondary Schools Priority
Nine major civil rights organizations are calling on Congress to make reforming high schools and improving graduation rates for minority students an urgent priority as it moves toward renewing the No Child Left Behind Act.
Driven by escalating concerns that African-American, Latino, American Indian, and some Asian-American students make up the majority of the nation’s dropouts every year, the coalition last month unveiled its “Campaign for High School Equity,” a document that spells out clear policies it believes Congress should pursue to reverse that trend. The group partnered with the Alliance for Excellent Education, a Washington-based advocacy group that pushes for high school improvement, to devise the recommendations.
The coalition outlined dozens of specific policy priorities, including providing rigor in core subjects, especially in high-poverty communities, and requiring states to report publicly on students’ access to college-preparatory courses and coursetaking patterns at the high school level by income, race, and ethnicity.
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