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Concerned Organization for Quality Education for Black Students, Inc. (COQEBS)
COQEBS is a coalition of community organizations and individuals organized for the purpose of working to ensure the Pinellas County School District fulfills its commitment to provide quality education for black students; as was agreed by the final class action settlement agreement dated August 10, 2010. This order was issued in the Circuit Court for the Six Judicial District in Pinellas County, Florida. This agreement provides for the substitution of COQEBS as the party plaintiff in this case, and for purposes of monitoring the School District’s future and continuing compliance with this settlement, with respect to Student Achievement, Student Discipline, and Assignment to Programs and Classes.”
(a) To promote, advance, and monitor public education of black students in Pinellas County and other regions within the Tampa Bay area.
(b) To ensure that the Pinellas County School Board fulfills its commitment to provide quality education for black students; as well as work to close the achievement gap between black and non-black students enrolled in Pre-K through Post Secondary school.
(c) To support, generally through educative and other efforts, those public and private non-profit educational institutions in which black students are enrolled. Specifically, these efforts will include, but are not limited to, student achievement, association, discipline, quality of education, and diversity.
This community has been established to archive materials that COQEBS has donated to the Poynter Library as part of University Archives and Special Collections. The materials still remain the property of COQEBS and the Library makes them available to the public with COQEBS' consent.
To read the Tampa Bay Times investigation on failing schools, and COQEBS Dr. Ricardo Davis’ op-ed response, please follow these links:
Pinellas Failure Factories (Tampa Bay Times, June 30, 2017)
An Open Letter to the Community from COQEBS (The Weekly Challenger)One Year In, the Plan to CLose Pinellas' Achievement Gap Nees a School-Level Focus (Tampa Bay Times, Oct. 3, 2018)
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