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President Obama announces expansion of My Brother's Keeper

President Barack Obama, right, shakes hands after being introduced by Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul, left, at an event at the Walker Jones Education Campus in Washington, to announce additional commitments for "My Brother’s Keeper," Obama's initiative aimed at helping boys and young men of color, Monday, July 21, 2014. The commitments include an effort by the NBA to recruit 25,000 new mentors and work with at-risk students to increase attendance and performance. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
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WASHINGTON (AP) - The nation's largest public school systems are now working with the White House to improve the lives of boys and young men of color as part of the "My Brother's Keeper" program.

President Barack Obama on Monday announced that leaders of 60 of the largest school systems have pledged to expand minority boys' access to better preschools and advanced classes and to try to prevent grade retention, suspensions and expulsions.

In addition, the NBA will recruit 25,000 new mentors and work with at-risk students to increase attendance and performance. AT&T is committing $18 million to support mentoring and other education programs.

The Emerson Collective is also committing $50 million to launch a competition to find and develop the best designs for next-generation high schools.

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