The National Urban League and One Solution announce No Ceilings on Success, a national campaign to hold states accountable to their plans for achieving educational equity under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Derived from the concept of breaking glass ceilings that prevent individuals from reaching their highest potential, No Ceilings on Success builds on the work of the League’s Excellence and Equity Project by equipping parents, teachers, students and communities with the knowledge to remove the barriers that prevent every student from achieving academic excellence.
“From the very founding of our nation, a quality public education has been seen as a fundamental right. But America hasn’t always lived up to that ideal,” National Urban League President and CEO Marc H. Morial said. “The Founding Fathers envisioned an “aristocracy of virtue and talent,” but unless we remove the ceilings for everyone, much of our nation’s best talent will remain held down. Through No Ceilings on Success, every student can soar to great heights.”
Students of color are much more likely to attend schools where three-quarters of the students or more are low-income, and low-income districts with a higher proportion of students of color have been shown to receive substantially less state funding than comparably poor districts that have more white and affluent students.
“More than six decades after the Supreme Court declared that segregation has no place in public education, America still fails to provide an equal opportunity for all students,” Morial said. “The Every Student Succeeds Act requires states and districts to create a plan to address inequity. No Ceilings on Success provides parents and communities with the tools to hold states and districts accountable to those plans and to provide every American child with a high-quality education that prepares them for college, work and life.”
Urban One, the parent company of One Solution reaches 82% of Black America and is uniquely positioned as a creative and media partner to help the National Urban League empower parents, students and schools.
“Access and information are paramount for parents and advocates who want to effect change in America’s underserved schools,” One Solution and iOne Digital President Detavio Samuels said. “This campaign addresses the heart of why our company was founded and the passion that fuels our work to be a voice for and a connector to our often underserved urban audiences.”
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The National Urban League is a historic civil rights organization dedicated to economic empowerment in order to elevate the standard of living in historically underserved urban communities. The National Urban League spearheads the efforts of its 90 local affiliates through the development of programs, public policy research and advocacy, providing direct services that impact and improve the lives of more than 2 million people annually nationwide.
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Urban One, Inc., formerly known as Radio One, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, is the largest diversified media company that primarily targets Black Americans and urban consumers in the United States. The Company owns TV One, LLC (tvone.tv), a television network serving more than 59 million households, offering a broad range of original programming, classic series and movies designed to entertain, inform and inspire a diverse audience of adult Black viewers. As one of the nation's largest radio broadcasting companies, Urban One currently owns and/or operates 57 broadcast stations in 15 urban markets in the United States. Through its controlling interest in Reach Media, Inc. (blackamericaweb.com), the Company also operates syndicated programming including the Tom Joyner Morning Show, Russ Parr Morning Show, Rickey Smiley Morning Show, Get up Morning! with Erica Campbell, DL Hughley Show, Ed Lover Show, Willie Moore Jr Show, Nightly Spirit with Darlene McCoy Reverend Al Sharpton Show. In addition to its radio and television broadcast assets, Urban One owns iOne Digital (ionedigital.com), the largest digital resource for urban enthusiasts and Blacks, reaching millions each month through its Cassius and BHM Digital platforms. Additionally, One Solution, the Company’s branded content agency and studio combines the dynamics of the Urban One’s holdings to provide brands with an integrated and effectively engaging marketing approach that reaches 82% of Black Americans throughout the country.