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Closing referral disparities (resolution agreement with Office of Civil Rights)

Need to close the disciplinary gap. Black and Hispanic students are referred to the office at a significantly higher rate when compared to white students and Asian students. Black and Hispanic students receive In-School-Suspensions at a significantly higher rate when compared to white students and Asian students. Black and Hispanic students receive Out-Of-School-Suspensions at a significantly higher rate when compared to white students and Asian students.

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Project Information

About the project

Project Phase (Pre-concept, Concept, Plan, Develop, Available, Archive)

Develop Phase


Impacts

PlanScape Impacts :

Level 1: Children & Youth, Diversity and Inclusion, Education

Level 2: African American, Asian American and Pacific Islander, Latino, C2C: 8th Grade Math, C2C: Post-Secondary, C2C: Workforce Participation

DMC Impacts:

Community Health Impacts:


Collaborators

Contact: Afolabi Runsewe ; Email: afrunsewe@rochester.k12.mn.us ; Phone: 507-328-4300

Lead Organization: Rochester Public Schools

Known/Likely Collaborators: RPS Racial Equity Advisory Team (Community Focus Team) ; Rochester Public Schools ; Rochester for Justice

Potential Collaborators: Diversity Council ; Mediation & Conflict Solutions ; NAACP, Rochester Chapter


Related Projects

Collaborative Leadership Fellow Program ; Cradle to Career ; Diversity Council Civic Equity Focus Area ; Diversity Council Education Equity Plan ; Diversity Council Health Equity Plan ; OpenBeam Activating Technologies Project ; Rochester Public Schools Strategic Plan ; Youth Mediation in Rochester Public Schools

 

 

Detailed Description

 

Agreement with MDHR


Link => 2011 RPS Office of Civil Right Discipline Disparity Data

 


 

RPS and OCR Agreement on Action Plan

 

 

 


More Info


 

Misc Community Focus Team Activities


 

2018-07-22

Link to July CFT Data Subgroup Status


 

2018-06-03:

Community Focus Team (Data Sub-group) recommendations on data presentation.

 

 

Key Status Reports


Key reports on: Closing referral disparities (resolution agreement with Office of Civil Rights)


July 21, 2020 : Closing referral disparities (resolution agreement with Office of Civil Rights) 2019 -2020

2019-2020 Data

 


September 23, 2019 : Analysis of RPS referal data

Phil Wheeler analysis of RPS referral data.


July 17, 2019 : Closing referral disparities (resolution agreement with Office of Civil Rights)

2018-2019 Report presented to RPS school board and comparison with 2018 reporting. 


August 24, 2017 : August 2017 Update of June 27 RPS Board Study of 2016-2017 discipline data

August updating the 2017-06-27 RPS Board Study of discipline data with school breakdown. 



Diversity and Inclusion Related Events => LINK


Key reports on: Closing referral disparities (resolution agreement with Office of Civil Rights)


July 21, 2020 : Closing referral disparities (resolution agreement with Office of Civil Rights) 2019 -2020

2019-2020 Data

 


September 23, 2019 : Analysis of RPS referal data

Phil Wheeler analysis of RPS referral data.


July 17, 2019 : Closing referral disparities (resolution agreement with Office of Civil Rights)

2018-2019 Report presented to RPS school board and comparison with 2018 reporting. 


August 24, 2017 : August 2017 Update of June 27 RPS Board Study of 2016-2017 discipline data

August updating the 2017-06-27 RPS Board Study of discipline data with school breakdown. 


 

Misc reports on: Closing referral disparities (resolution agreement with Office of Civil Rights)


September 16, 2018 Agreement with Minnesota Department of Human RIghts

RPS, ISD 535, entered into collaboration agreement with MDHR.

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July 30, 2018 Closing referral disparities (resolution agreement with Office of Civil Rights)

July 18, 2018 Commissioner Lindsey of the MN Department of Human Rights Forum with Rochester Community.

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June 19, 2018 2018 RPS Discipline Data Update - Information

At the 6/19/2018 school board meeting, the following discipline data was presented.

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April 08, 2018 2018 Community Focus Team Meetings

March Community Focus Team (CFT) meeting notes.

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September 11, 2017 September, August , July , June & May News from Community Focus Team

September, August, July, June and May, 2017 Community Focus Team news and meeting notes.

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August 29, 2017 RPS Implementing PBIS

"The district is at various points of implementing PBIS at each school, but having more consistency will better allow the district to evaluate efforts, including its latest employee training in ENVoY, a nonverbal communication technique to influence students in the classroom."

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August 21, 2017 US Department of Education, OCR Review of RPS Action Plan

June 19, 2017, Letter from US Department of Eduction, OCR Division to Superindtendent Muroz regarding its review of RPS's May 17, 2017 action plan submission.

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April 19, 2017 RPS School Board to enhance community improvement process

At 2017-04-19 RPS School Board Meeting the following decision was made to enhance the effectiveness of School Board's Community Engagement Committee and RPS's Community Focus Team: deploy a design team (steering committee) to co-facilitate going forward.

 

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February 07, 2017 How can the community find out about the status of the RPS Community Focus Team recommendations?

In August 2016, the Community Focus Team brought forward a set of recommendations. Questions from the community: What has happened since then and how do we get engaged?

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May 12, 2016 RPS: Equity in Family Engagement Event Notes

Great RPS: Equity in Family Engagement Meeting. Following are some notes. 

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March 09, 2016 Consultant interim identification on barriers

Great Lakes Equity Center has identified 6 barriers for equity progress.

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January 28, 2016 Rochester Early Education Hub Business Plan Proposal to address Early Education

This pilot for Early Education being proposed by Minnesota Council on Latino Affairs (MCLA) |   www.mcla.state.mn.us is an example of wrapping social services around the public schools to enhance learning environment.

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January 09, 2016 Questions on RPS's 2014 - 2015 Discipline Disparity Data

After attending the January 7 2016 RPS community meeting, I took the time to review the slide deck handed out by RPS at the meeting and found myself asking a number of questions. 

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January 05, 2016 An openBEAM 5+1 proposal to address school disciplinary dispairty

 

The Rochester Public School District is taking the first steps to address a disproportionate disciplinary rate for black and Hispanic students. A community engagement session to get input and solicit involvement from community members will be held at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 7 at Riverside Elementary School. I believe that conversation is necessary but not sufficient. We need to follow up with actions. Here is a 5+1 action plan.

 

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November 14, 2015 Another opportunity for community groups and members to help the youth of the community ... but how?

healthwellnessyouth A couple of days ago, Post Bulletin reports that: "Rochester Public Schools is making changes required by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights after a five-year compliance review revealed that black students were being disproportionately disciplined."  

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Key Beam Reports on:

Children & Youth, Diversity and Inclusion, Education  

February 20, 2021: CHAP Covid Survey

  Olmsted County Community Health Assessment & Planning (CHAP) Covid Impact Survey

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February 13, 2021: MHC: Legacy Arts and Cultural Heritage - 2021 Grantees

 OpenBeam.net is grateful to to have a chance to talk to some of the 2021 MHC Cultural  Identity Grant applicants and recipients. 

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February 11, 2021: SYSTEMS OF POWER Workshop

 This virtual workshop series provides intermediate-level training for those who want to move past the basics of diversity and inclusion to understanding how systems of power have been designed, adapted, and perpetuated.

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January 14, 2021: 2021 - 2023 Community Health Improvement Plan

Coalition of Community Health Improvement (CHIP) releasing 2021-2023 health improvement plan. 

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January 01, 2021: 2020 Targeted Business, Workforce Participation Reports

2020-12-11 Report; 2020-11-02 October Report; 2020-09-30 September Report 

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December 10, 2020: Co-designing of Discovery Walk Concept

Summary of Co-design of Discovery Walk and Codify the co-design process. 

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November 19, 2020: Mental Health Well-being During COVID

MN Children's Cabinet Info and Info shared by April Sutor, Family Service Rochester: MDH Shared Resources: Check out MDH websites for resources on mental well-being during COVID. Sites may be updated frequently.

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October 30, 2020: The Village Community Garden & Learning Center a recipient of the 2020 PHS Commissioned Officers Foundation grant

 Congratulation to the Village Community Garden & Learning Center being named a recipient of the 2020 PHS Commissioned Officers Foundation grant. 

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September 22, 2020: Intercultural Cities Initiative (ICI) Major Milestone

(1) City Council approved ICI Resolution (2) City Council Study Session on ICI Index  

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April 25, 2020: COVID-19 Survey and Resource List

In the last month we have seen an influx of challenges and barriers affecting our API communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. One of the challenges we are hearing from our communities is the closure of schools and the implementation of distance learning.

 As of this current school year, Asian American students make up 6.9% of students enrolled in Minnesota. In the last month, we have heard that language access, technology challenges, and financial burdens have presented barriers not only for students to be successful in the classroom, but also for parents who wish to be involved in their children’s education. This has led our communities to face unique barriers to full and equal participation in learning and instruction during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 In response to this issue, the Council has created a community survey to identify ongoing barriers experienced by API families during distance learning. The purpose of this survey is to collect data collect to inform the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) on areas for improvement and best practices with API students during the distance learning period.

 With this in mind, we ask for your participation in helping us to widely distribute this survey to community members to ensure that their voices are heard by MDE officials. The survey will be open for community response between Monday, April 27th – Friday, May 8th. 

 During this time of COVID-19, we understand that many organizations have limited capacity, and greatly appreciate any support you can provide in getting this survey out to families.  Our simple ask to you is your help in sending out the survey to community members using email and social media. If you can make this small commitment, please confirm by responding to this email. Once we receive your confirmation we will follow-up with language templates and guidance to send out the surveys. Thank you all and we all wish your loved ones well.

 Please if you have any questions you can contact me, or our Research Assistant Daniel Yang, at daniel.y.yang@state.mn.us.

 Sincerely,

 Anjuli Cameron 

 Anjuli Mishra Cameron, M.S. | Research Director

Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans | 658 Cedar Street, Suite 160 | St. Paul, Minnesota 55155

(651) 757-1742 |  (507) 649-1157 | anjuli.cameron@state.mn.us |mn.gov/capm

 

 

 

Looking for additional resources during the COVID-19 outbreak? 


 

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April 22, 2020: TPT Census 2020 Videos In Multiple Languages

TPT videos to help dispel myths about the census and to help the community see why filling out the census is critical we have created videos in Somali, Hmong, Spanish, and English. 

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Last modified by support on 2020/07/27
Created by allnode on 2016/01/08

 

 

 

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