Council of the Great City Schools

The Pledge

“A Pledge by America’s Great City Schools” is a pact among urban school districts to improve the educational outcomes of Males of Color by implementing a set of evidence-based strategies that range from early childhood through graduation.  The Pledge outlines 11 areas that impact the outcomes of Males of Color which taken together has the potential to transform how schools educate Males of Color from different racial, cultural and linguistic backgrounds.  Over sixty large city superintendents and school boards have signed onto the Pledge and have committed to implementing long-term initiatives in their respective districts to improve the lives of Males of Color. 

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A Pledge by America’s Great City Schools

 
  • Whereas, some 32 percent of the nation’s African American males and some 39 percent of the nation’s Hispanic males attend school each day in one of the Great City School systems; and
  • Whereas, the academic achievement of Males of Color in the nation’s urban school systems and nationally is well below what it needs to be for these young people to be successful in college and careers; and
  • Whereas, disproportionate numbers of Males of Color drop out of urban schools and often have low attendance rates; and
  • Whereas, Males of Color disproportionately attend under-resourced schools and are taught by the least-effective teachers; and 
  • Whereas, the nation’s Great City Schools have an obligation to teach all students under their aegis to the highest academic standards and prepare them for successful participation in our nation: 
  • Be It Therefore Resolved that, the Great City Schools pledge to ensure that its pre-school efforts better serve Males of Color and their academic and social development, and 
  • That the Great City Schools will adopt and implement elementary and middle school efforts to increase the pipeline of Males of Color who are succeeding academically and socially in our urban schools and who are on track to succeed in high school, and
  • That the Great City Schools will keep data and establish protocols that will allow it to monitor the progress of Males of Color and other students in our schools and appropriately intervene at the earliest warning signs, and
  • That the Great City Schools will adopt and implement promising and proven approaches to reducing absenteeism, especially chronic absenteeism, among Males of Color, and
  • That the Great City Schools will develop initiatives and regularly report on progress in retaining Males of Color in school and reducing disproportionate suspension and expulsion rates, and
  • That the Great City Schools will develop initiatives and regularly report on progress in increasing the numbers of our Males of Color and other students participating in advanced placement and honors courses and gifted and talented programs, and
  • That the Great City Schools will strongly encourage colleges of education to adopt curriculum that addresses the academic, cultural, and social needs of Males of Color, and that the district will maintain data on how these teachers do with our Males of Color, and 
  • That the Great City Schools will develop initiatives and regularly report on progress in increasing the numbers of Males of Color and other students who complete the FASFA, and
  • That the Great City Schools will work to reduce as appropriate the disproportionate numbers of Males of Color in special education courses, and
  • That the Great City Schools will work to transform high schools with persistently low graduation rates among Males of Color and others and to provide literacy and engagement initiatives with parents, and
  • That the Great City Schools will engage in a broader discussion and examination of how issues of race, language, and culture affect the work of our district.

Council of the Great City Schools

Albuquerque Public Schools

Anchorage School District

Atlanta Public Schools

Austin Public Schools

Baltimore City Public Schools

Birmingham Public Schools

Boston Public Schools

Bridgeport Public Schools

Broward County Public Schools

Buffalo Public Schools

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Public Schools

Chicago Public Schools

Cincinnati Public Schools

Clark County (Las Vegas) Public Schools

Cleveland Metropolitan School District

Columbus City School District

Dallas Independent School District

Dayton Public Schools

Denver Public Schools

Des Moines Public Schools

Detroit Public Schools

District of Columbia Public Schools

Duval County (Jacksonville) Public Schools

East Baton Rouge Parish School System

El Paso Independent School District

Fort Worth Independent School District

Fresno Unified School District

Guilford County (Greensboro) Public Schools

Hillsborough County (Tampa) Public Schools

Houston Independent School District

Indianapolis Public Schools

Jackson Public Schools

Jefferson County (Louisville) Public Schools

Kansas City (MO) Public Schools

Long Beach Unified School District

Los Angeles Unified School District

Miami-Dade County Public Schools

Milwaukee Public Schools

Minneapolis Public Schools

Nashville Public Schools

Newark Public Schools

New York City Department of Education

Norfolk Public Schools

Oakland Unified School District

Oklahoma City Public Schools

Omaha Public Schools

Orange County (Orlando) Public Schools

Palm Beach School District

Philadelphia School District

Pittsburgh Public Schools

Portland Public Schools

Providence Public Schools

Richmond Public Schools

Rochester City School District

Sacramento City Unified School District

Saint Paul Public Schools

San Diego Unified School District

San Francisco Public Schools

Seattle Public Schools

Shelby County (Memphis) Public Schools

Toledo Public Schools

 
 
 
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