DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Too many students dropping out. Too many students not graduating on time. Too many students under-performing on state tests. The Dallas Independent School District’s African American student population is getting the attention of a community group calling for action.

Longtime educators and black Dallas community advocates are planning and preparing for a public attack on what they have called an education crisis. “This crisis is about all of us coming together to say our kids got to be number one,” said Roscoe Smith with the Coalition for an Accountable System of Education.

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CASE consists of individuals who have called on Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings and Dallas ISD Superintendent Mike Miles to assemble both parents and patrons to a weekend summit, in order to directly address black student achievement. “We’re at a point where we are in a deep pit, and we need drastic action to dig ourselves out,” said a CASE member during a group meeting.

That pit is one of academic under-performance, and too many black Dallas ISD students are in it while other groups are showing gains. “Things that are working with some sub-groups are not working with our students,” said another CASE member.

“We can’t understand why they continue farther and father down,” added Smith.

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“Hopefully,” said Alfred Roberts of CASE, “we can center on how can we solve the lack of achievement for African American students by combining local, state and national resources.”

The summit will be held on April 5-6 at the Friendship West Baptist Church in Dallas. Texas Education Agency Commissioner Michael Williams and Miles will be in attendance.

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