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Group #Priority IssuesWorkshop Date

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1Robust dropout recovery programs3/8/10

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1School-based clinics K-12 (physical, mental, emotional health)3/8/10

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1Family support in the schools - including nurses, counselors3/8/10

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1Schools as community centers (more partnerships with CBOs)3/8/10

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1Better preparation for post-high school3/8/10

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2District structure does not support parent view - Board and Superintendent not accountable3/8/10

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2No assurance of quality in all schools; parents have to guess which schools are high quality.3/8/10

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2More opportunities for young people (GED, job readiness, re-entry, support for dropouts)3/8/10

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2Lack of jobs for black males and families3/8/10

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2Too few counselors to assist with psychological needs of children. Teachers can't do it all.3/8/10

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3Career counselor needed; none in schools now; need to hire them; contract out if needed; transition plan starting in 9th grade; easier if counselor is in the school3/8/10

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3More relevant youth programs: Upward Bound program; culturally relevant; student-selected; career day; have programs inside the school after school; more communication and outreach to students about programs.3/8/10

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3More Mentoring: life coach; more effective; 18+ yo; more high school programs like Big Brothers Big Sisters; consistency3/8/10

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3Parent Education: need parent involvement; have to be able to trust person coming to your home; need to be culturally relevant; parenting guide for all ages3/8/10

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3More Teen Housing: in the community where family lives; group homes; homeless teens; transitional housing3/8/10

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4Lack of family stabilization services (they are being cut)3/8/10

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4Pre-judging of teens of color by police/authority; youth are seen as a problem; youth violence is a challenge.3/8/10

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4Racism/classism creates inequitable distribution of resources.3/8/10

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4Lack of programs for youth due to affordability, availability, support, outreach, lack of caring adults.3/8/10

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4Education: Lack of support/respect of students by authority figures; delivery of education is obsolete.3/8/10

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5Not every child has an opportunity for early learning, which begins at birth.3/8/10

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5There is a lack of enrichment programs for middle schoolers.3/8/10

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5There is a lack of support for the diverse needs of immigrant families with children.3/8/10

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5Attitudes about children and families are racist and class driven3/8/10

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5There are too many dropouts.3/8/10

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6Parent Education3/8/10

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6School Support Workers (nurses, librarians, counselors, family support workers, social workers)3/8/10

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6Health Issues (childhood obesity, mental health)3/8/10

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6Youth Violence Prevention3/8/10

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6Zoning3/8/10

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7Strong family support workers3/8/10

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7Technology access: All families, including low-income families and families with limited English, must have access to computers and the Internet.3/8/10

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7Homelessness and hunger: Basic needs for survival must be met before educational problems can be solved. Students will not perform well if their basic survival is uncertain.3/8/10

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8Increasing graduation rate: holding principals, administration accountable. Helping kids in school get more wraparound services and decreasing dropout rate. Keeping kids more engaged in school.3/8/10

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8More classroom support: Seeing a structure in place that ties in parents, community, seniors and the unemployed.3/8/10

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8School as the community center.3/8/10

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8Having fully-funded counselors at all schools.3/8/10

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8Incorporating healthy families; healthy communities; physical, emotional and social health.3/8/10

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9Ineffective and culturally incompetent teachers and school board.3/8/10

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9Lack of jobs for youth.3/8/10

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9Not enough extra-curricular activities for kids of all ages.3/8/10

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10School facilities should be open in off-school hours.3/8/10

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10Students and parents need to get connected to community resources.3/8/10

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10Fear of neighbors; lack of community.3/8/10

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10School system does not maintain clear academic standards or articulate a vision to students of a well-educated life.3/8/10

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10Safety from violence and sexual assault. Solutions include: Incorporate safety practice into curriculum and healthy relationships, healthy choices; Provide access to community resources.3/8/10

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11Tax breaks for parents: maybe employers allow parents to participate and to allow parent's time off; class to learn how to parent.3/8/10

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11Second chances for juvenile offenders; prevention and post.3/8/10

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11Jobs and apprenticeships; stipend, other income services (related to previous second chance item)3/8/10

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11Out-of-school activities and teaching team. Tutoring, mentoring with community-based agencies. Bilingual culturally appropriate and individualized. Not school district or government run, but funded. Address urgent needs.3/8/10

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11Scholarship programs: college-bound kids and parents, especially immigrants who need retraining.3/8/10

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12Concentrate more on youth at risk for violence; youth in violence are already lost.3/8/10

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12Have more youth involvement in decisions that affect the lives of youth.3/8/10

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12Nothing will change because no jobs, recession.3/8/10

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12Invest in young people.3/8/10

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12Financial literacy programs needed in the high schools3/8/10

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13Collaboration between existing programs: 1) channel/filter to smaller programs through larger programs and organizations; 2) networking.3/8/10

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13Funding resources for social services: 1) smaller nonprofits recover funding; 2) funding for the family support program.3/8/10

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13Families need to be invested in schools: 1) after-school programs and 2) creating opportunities for families.3/8/10

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13Connecting with environments through canvas -- creativity -- agriculture. 1) fewer cuts for arts programs; 2) create opportunities in the community, bring parents the school; 3) schools should be more welcoming; 4) city gardening programs.3/8/10

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13Resources for education: community should get more involved; donations.3/8/10

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14End institutional racism.3/8/10

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14Fund family support worker program.3/8/10

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14More funds in schools; recognized US behind3/8/10

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14Re-examine how race and social justice roundtable are affecting change in education3/8/10

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14affordable housing3/8/10

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15Economic disparities3/8/10

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15Lack of affordable housing3/8/10

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15Language barriers3/8/10

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15Peer pressure leading to violence and youth dropping out of school3/8/10

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15Drugs and alcohol3/8/10

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16Accountability and collaboration between parents/teachers/school administration/teachers union3/8/10

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16Close the gap on youth entering kindergarten. Focus on early childhood education.3/8/10

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16Teachers need to respect students and create a nurturing environment.3/8/10

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16Provide educatin resources for children to use at home.3/8/10

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16Gang prevention and resources for truancy.3/8/10

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17Inequitable distribution, and lack of, supporting resources in schools.3/8/10

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17Need for cultural understanding and competency in curriculum and teacher/staff professional development3/8/10

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17Teacher/student ratio too big3/8/10

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17Need for supportive teachers in transition; middle school, high school, post secondary3/8/10

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17Lack of 0-3 resources; lack of parenting skills (all ages); ID health and development issues3/8/10