Morehouse, other colleges offer advice for helping young boys, men

Professors from Morehouse College’s Research Institute, along with national experts from six other university-based policy centers, have released a report outlining 15 federal policy recommendations aimed at improving educational experiences and outcomes for young males of color.

The report builds on President Barack Obama’s $200 million, five-year “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative to help this same youth group.

Among the report’s recommendations are a requirement that colleges implement an early alert system to identify students needing extra help, the provision of professional development and training courses for educators to work with these students, and the creation of a tracking system for schools from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade whose suspension and special education rates are higher for boys of color than other students.

Joining Morehouse in contributing to the report were the University of Pennsylvania, San Diego State, the University of Texas at Austin, Ohio State University, the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of California, Los Angeles.

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