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Black Men’s Group to Promote NCLB

By Christina A. Samuels — September 12, 2006 1 min read

Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings last week announced a partnership with an African-American advocacy group to promote educational options available under the No Child Left Behind Act.

The Department of Education said in a press release on Sept. 7 that its partnership with the Atlanta-based 100 Black Men of America Inc. will seek “to fully engage the African-American community and its leaders in the successful implementation of the No Child Left Behind Act as it relates to school choice, charter schools, supplemental services, parent report cards, and all of the benefits and options provided to parents with students in schools in need of improvement.”

The department and the organization will co-sponsor events, produce parent-focused materials, work to improve charter school performance in underserved communities, and educate families and communities about the benefits and principles of the federal law.

Ms. Spellings said in a statement that “100 Black Men and [organization Chairman Alfred E. Dotson Jr.] have done outstanding work on issues from education to health care to economic development.”

“I’m proud that the Department of Education will be partnering with them to empower students and parents with more information, more choices, and most importantly, better schools,” she said.

A version of this article appeared in the September 13, 2006 edition of Education Week