District officials meet church leaders on African American student performance

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News 12 This Morning/ Friday, Oct. 4, 2013

RICHMOND COUNTY, Ga. (WRDW) -- "The schools and the church and home--they all have to work together to produce the level of learning that we need need to produce for our students," said Dr. Frank Roberson, Richmond County schools superintendent.

In an effort to help every student reach that level of learning, Richmond County Schools Superintendent Dr. Frank Roberson is spearheading a meeting with religious leaders today.

"To engage them in the educational advancement of the members in their congregation," he explained.

The invitation goes out specifically to African-American religious leaders, stating the district cares about all students, but "emphasis is being placed on African American students because academic performance is not at the desired level."

"You have a tendency to shy away from these discussion because it invites the wrong connotation," Dr. Roberson said. "But I'm not afraid of that discussion. You have to identify the problem in order to address it."

One example--in the 2010-2011 school year, 3rd grade African American had the highest percentage of students who did not meet the CRCT performance level.

"We have to talk about the fact that our African Americans students are not achieving at the level we expect them to achieve at," he said. "

Bishop Dr. Richard Peoples of the Faith Outreach Christian Life Center agrees and says he's excited for the opportunity to meet with school officials.

"It's so important that the church, the community and the board of education come together to work with our kids because when we look at our churches, we are the ones that are ministering to their spiritual needs," Bishop Peoples said.

The meeting is today at 10 am at the Board Auditorium at 864 Broad Street.

For more information on the meeting, see the Richmond County schools press release below.

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