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Leaders from 40 States Representing More Than 1 Million African American Students Expected to Participate in U.S. Department of Education’s National Conference on Labor-Management Collaboration in Denver, Colorado

U.S. Education Secretary and National Education Leaders to Discuss Future of Labor Management Collaboration on Wednesday Press Call

Contact:  
Jo Ann Webb, (202) 401-1576, press@ed.gov


The U.S. Department of Education has selected 150 school districts from among the 245 applications it received to participate in its upcoming conference on labor-management collaboration Tuesday-Wednesday, Feb. 15-16, in Denver, Colo.

“Union leaders and administrators across the country are finding new ways to work together to focus on student success,” U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said. “The leaders from these 150 districts are committed to bold reforms and are showing the country what is possible when adults come together, particularly in tough times, to do the right thing for kids.”

The broad cross section of participating districts selected by the Department closely mirrors the make-up of our nation’s schools. Approximately 34 percent are from cities, 34 percent from suburbs, 8 percent from towns, and 24 percent from rural areas. The districts are almost evenly divided between those with fewer than 10,000 students and those with more than 10,000 students. Overall, close to 3.8 million students—more than one million of them African American—will be affected by the work of the districts invited to participate.

African American students constitute approximately 17 percent of all public elementary and secondary school students. Even though test scores in some subjects have gone up, these students continue to lag behind white students in all grade levels and in all core subjects—reading, math and science—according to the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), commonly referred to as the Nation’s Report Card. There has been no narrowing of the achievement gap for 4th graders in reading and math since 2007. Even more daunting is the fact that the gap between 8th grade African American and white students has not narrowed in math since 1990, when the first NAEP math assessment was administered, and since 1992, the first year the assessment was given in reading. Thus, for almost two decades, African American students have lagged behind white students in both math and reading.

While African American students have made some academic gains, there is still much ground to cover in order to narrow the achievement gap. This conference will address core issues that affect student performance and college readiness, and turnaround outcomes for African American students. The two-day event is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education in partnership with the American Federation of Teachers, National Education Association, National School Boards Association, American Association of School Administrators, Council of the Great City Schools, and the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service. Funding to support the conference is provided by the Ford Foundation.

Secretary Duncan and representatives from leading national education groups will reflect on the conversations and ideas that were put forth at the conference during a national press call at 1 p.m. EST on Wednesday, Feb. 16. Media representatives who wish to join the call may dial (888) 949-2789.

Below is a list of the school districts invited to participate and those selected to present to conferees. (Reflects anticipated attendees and is subject to change)

150 Districts Selected in Lottery

State District Name

AK Chugach School District
AR Little Rock School District
AZ Amphitheater Unified School District
AZ Deer Valley Unified School District
CA Escondido Union School District
CA Fresno Unified School District
CA Lindsay Unified School District
CA Lucia Mar Unified School District
CA Monterey Peninsula Unified School District
CA Pomona Unified School District
CA Ravenswood City School District
CA San Juan Unified School District
CA Twin Rivers Unified School District
CO Adams County School District 14
CO Colorado Springs School District
CO Jefferson County Public Schools
CO Weld County Reorganized School District RE-8
CT Consolidated School District of New Britain
CT Stamford Public Schools
DE Caesar Rodney School District
DE Delmar School District
FL Charlotte County Public Schools
FL Duval County Public Schools
FL Lake County Schools
FL Miami-Dade County Public School District
FL Pasco County Schools
FL Pinellas County Schools
FL Seminole County School District
FL Sumter District Schools
FL Volusia County Schools
GA Gainesville City Schools
HI Hawaii State Department of Education
IA Des Moines Public Schools
IA Marshalltown Community School District
IL Chicago Public Schools
IL DePue Unified School District 103
IL Thornton Township High School District 205
IN Clarksville Community School Corporation
IN Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation
IN South Bend Community School Corporation
KS Topeka Public Schools
KY Boone County Schools
LA St. Helena Parish School District
MA Barnstable Public Schools
MA Boston Public Schools
MA Dennis-Yarmouth Regional School District
MA Fall River Public Schools
MA Quaboag Regional School District
MA Springfield Public Schools
MA Swampscott School District
MA Wakefield Public Schools
MA West Springfield Public Schools
MA Worcester Public Schools
MD Allegany County Public Schools
MD Anne Arundel County Public Schools
MD Prince George's County Public Schools
MD Wicomico County Public Schools
ME Maine School Administrative District 61
ME Maine School Administrative District 74
ME Regional School Unit 12
MI Adrian Public Schools
MI Mount Clemens Community School District
MN Minneapolis Public School District
MN Red Lake School District 38
MO Ferguson-Florissant School District
MO Normandy School District
MO St. Louis Public Schools
MT Lodge Grass Schools
NC Gaston County Schools
NC Madison County Public Schools
ND Mandaree 36 School District
ND West Fargo Public School District 6
NM Albuquerque Public Schools
NM Santa Fe Public Schools
NM Socorro Consolidated Schools
NV Clark County School District
NV Washoe County School District
NY Amityville Union Free School District
NY Avoca Central School District
NY Bay Shore Union Free School District
NY Beaver River Central School District
NY Bedford Central School District
NY Buffalo City School District
NY Cattaraugus-Little Valley Central School District
NY Cobleskill-Richmondville Central School District
NY Cortland Enlarged City School District
NY Dobbs Ferry Union Free School District
NY Fort Ann Central School District
NY Geneseo Central School District
NY Grand Island Central School District
NY Greenburgh-Graham Union Free School District
NY Harrison Central School District
NY Hauppauge School District
NY Hilton Central School District
NY Holland Patent Central Schools
NY Islip Union Free School District
NY Ithaca City School District
NY Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda Union Free School District
NY Lyncourt Union Free School District
NY Mount Pleasant Central School District
NY New Lebanon Central School District
NY New Paltz Central School District
NY Norwood Norfolk Central School District
NY Sackets Harbor Central School District
NY Saranac Central School District
NY Solvay Union Free School District
NY Spackenkill Union Free School District
NY Spencer-Van Etten Central School District
NY Syracuse City School District
NY Watkins Glen Central School District
NY Webster Central School District
OH ADA Exempted Village School District
OH Akron City School District
OH Cincinnati City School District
OH Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District
OH Cleveland Municipal School District
OH Columbus City Schools
OH Coventry Local Schools
OH Eastern Local School District
OH Fairfield City School District
OH Lorain City Schools
OH Sandusky City Schools
OH Toledo Public Schools
OH Tri-Valley Local Schools
OK Crutcho Public Schools
OK Oklahoma City Public Schools
OR Beaverton School District
OR Ontario School District 8C
OR Portland Public Schools
OR Salem-Keizer Public Schools
PA Duquesne City School District
PA Southeast Delco School District
PA The School District of Philadelphia
PA William Penn School District
RI Cranston Public Schools
RI Providence Public School District
RI Tiverton School District
RI Woonsocket Education Department
SC Spartanburg School District 7
SD Wagner Community School
TN Hamilton County Department of Education
TN Marion County School District
TN Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools
UT Salt Lake City School District
VA Fairfax County Public Schools
VA Westmoreland County Public Schools
VT Lamoille North Supervisory Union
VT St. Johnsbury School District
VT Windsor Southwest Supervisory Union
WV Hampshire County Schools

Presenters

CA ABC Unified School District
CA Green Dot Public Schools
CO Denver Public Schools
CO Douglas County School District
CT New Haven Public Schools
FL Hillsborough County Public Schools
MD Baltimore City Public Schools
MD Montgomery County Public Schools
MN Independent School District 15 St. Francis
MT Helena School District
NC Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools
NY Plattsburgh City School District



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