Subject: strictly fyi: All Children Matter report, families of color survey, Latinos and HIV testing, dropout prevention
From: "Reis, Beth" <>
Date: 10/31/2011 4:30 PM

Dear Safe Schools Coalition Members and Friends:
(1) "All Children Matter" report released
(2) Making Modern Families Visible: LGBT Families of Color Survey … take the survey and spread the word
(3) YouTube video by and for Latino/as about HIV testing (featuring folks some of you know): All Together / Todos Juntos
(4) National Center for Education Statistics releases report on dropout prevention
(1) "All Children Matter" report released
The Movement Advancement Project, the Center for American Progress, and the Family Equality Council have just released a groundbreaking report designed to focus the national spotlight on the 2 million children being raised by LGBT parents.
>>> Read the report and find out how you can help us spread the word!
The All Children Matter report shows how our kids have become the victims of antiquated laws, discriminatory policies and hostile political decisions.
We know our kids live everyday in legal and social jeopardy because of these laws. Now everyone will know that our children matter.
The report shows how current laws can:
The report wraps up with a set of practical policy recommendations that could fix the discrimination that exists today.
>> Visit the site for the All Children Matter report and learn how you can help us fix the inequities our children face.
(2) Making Modern Families Visible: LGBT Families of Color Survey … take the survey and spread the word
This survey is intended to gather critical information about the experiences and needs of LGBTQ adults of color (and/or their partners - without regard for their racial identity) who have children living in your homes.
This confidential survey will take approximately 25 minutes to complete. Go to:
(3) YouTube video by and for Latino/as about HIV testing (featuring folks some of you know): All Together / Todos Juntos
Go to:
(4) National Center for Education Statistics releases report on dropout prevention
A new report from NCES found that during the 2010-11 school year, 76 percent of public school districts reported using academic failure to a large extent to identify students at risk of dropping out of school. Dropout Prevention Services and Programs in Public School Districts: 201011, a First Look report from the Fast Response Survey System (FRSS) provides national data about how public school districts identify students at risk of dropping out, programs used specifically to address the needs of students at risk of dropping out of school, the use of mentors for at-risk students, and efforts to encourage dropouts to return to school.
Key findings include:
-Eighty-eight percent of districts with high school grades reported offering to students at risk of dropping credit recovery courses or programs, 72 percent reported offering smaller class size, 63 percent early graduation options, and 55 percent self-paced courses for purposes other than credit recovery.
-Eighty-four percent of districts reported regularly providing information to the receiving schools about the unique needs of individual at-risk students when students transition to a school at a higher instructional level (e.g., from middle school to high school).
-Districts reported working with various entities to address the needs of students at risk of dropping out. Among those were child protective services (85 percent), community mental health agencies (73 percent), state or local government agencies that provide financial assistance to needy families (68 percent), churches or community organizations (54 percent), and health clinics or hospitals (50 percent).
This First Look report is a product of the National Center for Education Statistics at the Institute of Education Sciences, part of the U.S. Department of Education. To view the full report please visit:
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