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

Beam Project Type: Planning Programming     Project in Develop Phase

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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Detailed Description

2011 Discipline Disparity Data

Snapshot taken on 2016-01-09 from OCR/RPS Website

 

RPS and OCR Agreement on Action Plan

 

 

Handbook 2017/2018

 

Strategy

Per December 9, 2015 RPS District Discipline Data Presentation handed out in community meeting on 2016-01-07

Areas of focus:

  • RPS continued partnership with Great Lakes Equity Center
  • Distribution of Student Handbook
  • Training and discussion with students regarding Student Handbook
  • Community engagement sessions
    • Review student handbook
    • Generate ideas and suggestions and solicit input from our stakeholders
  • District-wide focus on identifying alternatives to suspensions
  • Continued enhancement and strengthening of Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS)
  • Developing individualized plans to ensure students are receiving the supports needed to promote their success
  • Relentless pursuit of eliminating the disportionalities
    • Ongoing staff development
      • Internal expertise
      • External expertise
  • Soliciting community supports
    • Wrap around services for our families
  • Identify areas of excellence within our district and find ways to replicate
    • Continued identification of and alignment of resources
  • Engage with Community Focus Team
Impacts

PlanScape

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

Level 2: African American ; Asian American and Pacific Islander ; Latino

DMC:

Community Health:

Highlight Activities


2018-04-09


 

PS Status

Rochester Public Schools was one of many Minnesota districts contacted by the Minnesota Department of Human Rights regarding discipline data. Superintendent Munoz and various cabinet members met with MDHR. During this meeting, we shared our equity work related to our agreement with the Office for Civil Rights. MDHR was very impressed with our work and commitment to addressing discipline disparities, including our professional development offerings, strategies and interventions, and the classroom supports we have put in place. We are continuing our conversations with MDHR. At this time, the district has not committed to entering into an agreement with MDHR.

MDHR News Release:

 

 


Misc Activities


Community Focus Team Activities: Monthly CFT Meeting 

Related Activities:  Upcoming Diversity/Inclusion Events  Past Diversity/Inclusion Events

Status Reports Related PlanScape Status on: Children & Youth, Diversity and Inclusion, Education

February 17, 2018 RPS: 2018 Discipline Data Update - Information

At the 2/6/2018 School Board Meeting the following was presented as a comparison of office referrals from first semester 2016-2017 and first semester 2017-2018 examining District, building, and student data.  Building Principals will also discuss behavior- related supports provided in their respective buildings.

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August 29, 2017 TBD: 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 24, 2017 openBEAM.net: August 2017 Update of June 27 RPS Board Study of discipline data

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

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August 21, 2017 RPS: 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 TBD: 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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May 12, 2016 openBEAM.net: 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 openBEAM.net: Consultant interim identification on barriers

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

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January 28, 2016 openBEAM.net: 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 TBD: 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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May 10, 2018: Community Health Collaboration Conversation: Public Health, the Y and Diversity Council

Al Lun, openBeam, facilitated a 2018-05-8 meeting with Josh May, the Y; Dee Sabol, Diversity Council and Meaghan Sheridan, Olmsted Public Health to introduce each organization's community health related activities.

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May 08, 2018: CNG Steering Committee working on 2018 Compass Points

 CNG Steering Committee is working on the next version of Rochester/Olmsted County Compass report.

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March 19, 2018: Help the Y Build a Better Us!

2018 Rochester Area Family Y "Build a Better Us" fundraising campaign. 

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March 18, 2018: March 2018 In City for Good community forum

March 2018 presentation to City for Good by Olmsted County Administrator

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March 12, 2018: Olmsted County, MN Community Health Improvement 1Q 2018 and 3Q 2017 Status

March 2018 Status; September News 2017 (Including September meeting agenda and June meeting minutes).

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March 09, 2018: RPS meeting with Moms Demand Action

RPS and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense are planning a dialog between the two groups. This is an opportunity to broaden the conversation to other efforts to address school safety.

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March 01, 2018: Mediation & Conflict Solutions Updates by Post Bulletin

2018-03-01 PB story on MCS: "Looking for help with a conflict?

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February 22, 2018: Cradle to Career 2018 Launch Feb 22, 2018 Meeting

At the February 22 meeting, the following information was shared. 

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January 12, 2018: Winona State Rochester: Business, Leadership, and Education

Winona State University – Rochester (WSU-R) and the Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Business, Leadership, and Education Open House Jan. 18, 2018

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December 24, 2017: Rochester A City of Compassion Steering Committee 2017 Status Report

Year end report on status and what to look forward to ...  "as Mary Alessio of the Locks of Compassion Project declares “Compassion is rippling throughout our community”

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November 27, 2017: World's Best Workforce Plan goals not met

Slow progress. 5 Goals not met:  All children are ready for kindergarten, Third-grade literacy, Close all academic achievement gaps, Have all high school graduates career and college ready, Graduate all students from HS

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October 16, 2017: In the Shadow of Growth Forum: Pathways to Prosperity and Well-being

At the October 5 C4G forum, Paul Flesinner talked about a national pilot project to stop generational poverty and what we need to do within the current system to accomplish this now.

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Created by allnode on 2016/01/08

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