• All teachers and administrators must enroll in a class on the history and contributions of African American people to the country.

    That would a be a history class. The focus should be on the contributions of people throughout history. If taught well, black history is American history.

  • Schools should try out single-sex classes in middle school to see if students perform better.

    You can’t just “try out” single-sex classes. It needs to be a well thought out program in order for it to be effective, http://www.singlesexschools.org/research-singlesexvscoed.htm

  • Teachers should have access to mentors who have shown outstanding success working with African American students.

    This requires the AA community to make make an effort to work with schools. It is the community that needs to reach out to schools. Community buy-in is key.

  • Schools should monitor and reduce suspensions, expulsions and discipline referrals for African American students.

    It’s never the kids fault.

  • School districts will create programs to recruit and retain African American employees.

    Having a face of color is important and helpful, but not as important as having someone who loves to teach and wants to work with children. Children respond well to good teachers.

  • Schools should have mandatory communication systems that make sure that parents are informed if their children fall behind in credits, are at risk of failing a class or are being held back a grade.

    Come to open house and we will talk. Return calls, and support discipline in the classroom. Parents that regularly communicate with teachers are usually students teachers have little problems with.

Pretty simple really.

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