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National Urban League finds Black parents support Common Core State Standards


By Marc Morial 

Guest Commentator

“We have a powerful potential in our youth, and we must have the courage to change old ideas and practices so that we may direct their power toward good ends.”

 — Mary McLeod Bethune

This week, the National Urban League released a new survey that shows overwhelming support from one of the most important, but rarely heard, voices in the roiling and often distorted debate over Common Core State Standards — African American parents. Our survey of 1,600 African American public school parents found that 60 percent of respondents have a favorable impression of the new Common Core State Standards in English language arts and math that have now been adopted by 43 states and the District of Columbia. Sixty-eight percent of surveyed parents believe that Common Core will improve student achievement, and 66 percent believe it will better prepare their children for college or the workforce. The survey also shows that a majority of parents believe what the National Urban League believes as well — that Common Core standards offer great potential for transformative educational excellence, but only if parents are pro-actively engaged, teachers are adequately trained and resources for schools and students are equitably disbursed. Given the history and current state of unequal education in America, many African American parents are rightly concerned that their children not be shortchanged by an inequitable implementation of Common Core. Continue Reading →

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National Urban League endorses Common Core State Standards

Part two: Closing the achievement gap







By Marc H. Morial

Contributing Writer


Sixty years after the landmark Brown v. Board of Education ruling ending segregation in America’s public schools, separate and unequal is still a pervasive reality. While de jure, or legal segregation has been abolished, de facto, or the actual practice of segregation, is greater now than it was 40 years ago. Black and Brown students are less likely to share classrooms with White students. We also see separate and unequal levels of expectations and resources in our schools that continue to break down along the color line. The unfortunate result of all of this is a widening achievement gap between the races. Continue Reading →

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