Voucher proposals expose rift in school choice movement

(AP) – For two decades, a loose-knit group that includes some of the country’s wealthiest people has underwritten the political push for school choice, promoting ballot initiatives and candidates who favor competition for traditional public schools. But when a member of this elite group was elevated to education secretary, the appointment opened a philosophical schism […]

California lawmakers, advocates react to governor’s budget

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Jerry Brown released a revised budget proposal Thursday that reverses some of his proposed cuts to education and child care for the fiscal year that starts July 1. Here’s how lawmakers and interest groups are reacting: — Assembly Minority Leader Chad Mayes, R-Yucca Valley: Brown’s budget improperly diverts tax […]

Trump: His support for Black colleges remains ‘unwavering’

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump declared Sunday that his support for historically Black colleges and universities remains “unwavering.” Trump sought to clarify an earlier statement that some higher education officials interpreted to mean that he planned to end a capital financing program that helps these institutions repair, renovate and build new facilities. Congressional Black […]

California students suspended for ‘liking’ racist posts sue

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A California school district suspended a high school student after racist images that included nooses drawn around the necks of a Black student and coach appeared on his social media site. But a federal lawsuit says the district went too far when it also disciplined students who indicated they “liked” the […]

US House of Representatives votes to repeal ‘Obamacare’

WASHINGTON (AP) — Delivering at last, triumphant House Republicans voted Thursday to repeal and replace the “Obamacare” health plan they have reviled for so long, overcoming united Democratic opposition and their own deep divisions to hand a major win to President Donald Trump. The 217-213 vote was a narrow victory, and ultimate success is far […]

African Americans Lead Both Houses of the Nevada State Legislature

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) – Rep. Jason Frierson made history Monday by becoming Nevada’s first Black Assembly Speaker as the state’s 63 lawmakers opened their legislative session focusing on issues ranging from the state budget to the future of an unimplemented law that would give parents state funding to help pay for private school. Frierson, […]

Black man punched by Sacramento officer files rights lawsuit (VIDEO)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A Black man hurled to the ground and punched repeatedly in the face by a police officer this month has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the city and county of Sacramento, claiming Monday he was targeted because of his race and abused in jail after his arrest. The lawsuit […]

Black teens most active on social media apps

(AP) – Teenagers and their technology are inseparable, but a new poll shows black teens are the most likely to have access to smartphones — which could explain why they’re the biggest and most frequent users of mobile-friendly social media apps Snapchat and Instagram. A survey released Thursday by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public […]

Ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez dead after hanging self in cell

BOSTON (AP) — Former NFL star Aaron Hernandez hanged himself in his prison cell early Wednesday while serving a life sentence for murder, authorities said. Hernandez, 27, was found by guards at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley just after 3 a.m., Department of Correction spokesman Christopher Fallon said in a statement. The former New […]

Comedian Charlie Murphy, brother of Eddie, dies at 57

NEW YORK (AP) — Charlie Murphy, the older brother of Eddie Murphy and a comic performer in his own right who turned encounters with Rick James and Prince into standout sketches on “Chappelle’s Show,” has died. He was 57. Murphy died Wednesday in New York of leukemia, according to his representative, Domenick Nati. He was […]