On Religion, The Media and Life as a 20-something in Chicago

ELGIN — Black students in Elgin School District U46 are behind in reading at first grade, in high school readiness at third grade and in college readiness at sixth and eighth grades — three important benchmarks in the district’s five-year accountability plan. The district presented statistics on those benchmarks this week as part of a school board update on its Destination 2015 plan. U46 board member Traci O’Neal Ellis called that data “distressing.” O’Neal Ellis also suggested it might be helpful to identify the individual students and parents who are struggling in school, rather than just their race. And she and board member Joyce Fountain stressed the importance of using as many methods of communication as possible to inform each of those parents of opportunities to help their children in school, such as the first U46 African American Family Education Summit last December. “These are parents who feel disenfranchised by the district. These are parents who are intimidated. These are parents who don’t trust other folk,” O’Neal Ellis said. “I would encourage you to look into different communication strategies going into the next U46 African American summit.” For the rest of the story, visit The Courier-News.

In Uncategorized on July 21, 2011 at 9:26 am

Black students lag behind peers in U46 benchmarks (Sun-Times Media)

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