WASHINGTON (WHAS11) – Jefferson County Public Schools joined President Barack Obama and educators from 59 other urban school systems for a major announcement Tuesday.
School Superintendent Donna Hargens and school board chairwoman Diane Porter sat behind the president for a town hall meeting called “My Brother’s Keeper.”
The school systems have formed the National Council of Great City Schools.
It’s the first-ever national commitment to improve educational outcomes of young men and boys of color.
The council’s goals are to prepare young men for graduation, college and careers.
They also commit to reduce the number of males of color who are absent, suspended, expelled or place inappropriately in special education classes.
In all, these 60 school systems educate at least one third of America’s African-American and Latino students.