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Opinion: Listening to parent voices key to closing achievement gap

Bruce Jeffrey, Opinion contributor – Cincinnati Enquirer |

When the pandemic swept across the United States a year ago, it laid bare the inequities and systems that prevent Black students from succeeding in the classroom. When a crisis hits, we know the drill; there is no shortage of nonprofit organizations and well-intentioned stakeholders who quickly jump in to help solve the most pressing problems. The good news is that Cincinnati is a resource-rich community; but it is also systems-poor.

So here we are staring at a widening achievement gap with our Black students, trying to solve decades-old problems with decades-old solutions. The challenges we face are bigger than any individual organization, sector, or institution can solve alone. We have a collective responsibility for the success of all Black students in our community, and we have must adopt a coordinated response.

So, where do we start?

Bruce Jeffrey is executive director of Cradle to Career Cincinnati/ YMCA Greater Cincinnati.

Read Bruce Jeffrey’s full opinion piece at the Cincinnati Enquirer.

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