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Superintendent Invited to Washington for “My Brother’s Keeper” Town Hall Panel

Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) Superintendent Robert W. Runcie travels to Washington, D.C., this week, to speak about the District’s efforts regarding President Barack Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative.   The Superintendent is invited to participate in the national panel, “From Education to Opportunity; Pathways that Work,” during the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s 2015 Annual Legislative ConferenceThe panel discussion takes place on Friday, September 18, 2015, and will be moderated by the Reverend Al Sharpton. 
The My Brother’s Keeper Town Hall panel will explore and share information on how the My Brother’s Keeper Task Force and communities are working to close the opportunity gap for boys and young men of color to ensure all youth are empowered to reach their highest potential.
“It is a tremendous honor to share information on the historic and strategic work of our District to reform school discipline practices and increase positive outcomes for students, particularly our boys and young men of color,” said Superintendent Runcie.  “Our District’s ongoing efforts have made us a model for the nation, moving away from zero tolerance policies to providing appropriate intervention strategies that put students on a path to success. It is exciting and encouraging to see the interest in what we have been able to accomplish and use that information to effect change around the country.”
Media interested in learning more about Superintendent Runcie’s invitation to speak on the My Brother’s Keeper national panel can contact the BCPS Public Information Office at 754-321-2300.
In addition, Superintendent Runcie and Michaelle Pope, the District’s executive director of Student Support Initiatives, were recently invited to discuss the District’s efforts to eliminate the schoolhouse to jailhouse pipeline with the Federal Office of Civil Rights (OCR).  The topic: “Discipline in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools: Innovative Approaches to Promoting Positive Long-Term Outcomes.”
The discussion, which included approximately 100 OCR representatives from across the country, took place via a conference call, and included areas such as how the District reformed its school discipline practices and policies,  challenges faced by the District, the impact of the reforms on students, and how the efforts of BCPS could be modeled around the country.
For more information on the District’s efforts to eliminate the schoolhouse to jailhouse pipeline, visit:
To learn more about President Barack Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper Initiative (MBK), visit:
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