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High school dropout rates plummet as districts find ways to get students to the finish line

Del Stover

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Urban Advocate

Teacher diversity

The latest from the Council of Urban Boards of Education (CUBE).

Urban Inequities
Del Stover
Righting the wrongs faced by minority children.

Soundboard Dec 2015

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Profound Gentlemen

Finding minority male teachers

Michelle Healy

Finding minority male teachers remains one of the toughest challenges for districts nationwide. In promoting the national TEACH campaign to encourage more minorities, especially males, to pursue careers in the classroom, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan noted that fewer than 2 percent of public school teachers are black or Hispanic men and that the need is greatest in elementary and middle schools.

Teacher Diversity Efforts in Boston

Michelle Healy

Boston Public Schools identifies and offers “letters of reasonable assurance” of future employment to promising black applicants and students about to graduate from a teachers college. The effort is being praised by the city and school officials for increasing diversity. This academic year, 26 percent of April hires were black compared to only 17 percent of August hires.

Advice for public advocate newbies

Del Stover

If there’s any lesson for school board members wanting to speak out on public policy, it’s that building a personal relationship with the legislators serving your community is key.

“The first time you contact your legislator should not be when you have a problem, but to let them know who you are and why you are passionate about your issues,” says Bob Vogel, director of governmental relations with the Montana School Boards Association.

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