Affirmative Action Ruling Contest: Race vs. Class

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WASHINGTON – In post-Great Recession America, which is the bigger barrier to opportunity race or class? A decade ago, the U.S. Supreme Court kept the focus on race as a barrier, upholding the right of colleges to make limited use of racial preferences to ensure a diverse student body. But in a ruling due this […]

Susan Rice to Take Over as National Security Advisor

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WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s top national security adviser Tom Donilon is resigning and will be replaced by Susan Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the U.N. who has been a lightning rod for Republican criticism over faulty explanations for the attack that killed four Americans in Benghazi, Libya. Donilon has been a key foreign policy […]

About 140 arrested in NC during NAACP protest

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RALEIGH — About 140 people have been arrested during the latest weekly demonstration led by the North Carolina chapter of the NAACP against the state’s Republican-led General Assembly. Police estimate that roughly 1,000 people attended a rally late Monday afternoon behind the Legislative Building. Hundreds later entered the building, with those intending to get arrested […]

President Obama to Launch Fresh Push on Student Loans

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WASHINGTON – College students are joining President Barack Obama at the White House as he calls on Congress to keep federally subsidized student loan rates from doubling on July 1. Friday’s White House event marks the beginning of a public campaign by Obama to temporarily extend current rates or to find a long-term compromise that […]

House to Vote on Unveiling Frederick Douglass Statue

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WASHINGTON – Congress is set to take the final step toward moving the District of Columbia’s statue of abolitionist Frederick Douglass to the U.S. Capitol. The House votes Tuesday on a resolution that would authorize the use of the Capitol’s Emancipation Hall to unveil the statue in June. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, a Democrat who […]

Social Security Changes Could Hurt Blacks Most

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WASHINGTON – Social Security changes proposed by Obama could hurt Blacks more than other groups, a new report by the Center for Global Policy Solutions finds. In this fiscal year 2014 budget, President Obama proposes switching the way benefit programs such as Social Security and civil service retirement adjust for inflation to the chained consumer […]

Per-Student Pre-K Spending Lowest in a Decade

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WASHINGTON – State funding for pre-kindergarten programs had its largest drop ever last year and states are now spending less per child than they did a decade ago, according to a report released Monday. The report also found that more than a half million of those preschool students are in programs that don’t even meet […]

Pell Grant Changes Will Slow Black Graduation Rates

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WASHINGTON – In many ways, the route Bonita Rex took to college is not unusual. After graduating from high school in 2007, family issues forced her to delay enrolling in college. Two years later, thanks to Pell grants and an improved family situation, she enrolled in the Community College of Philadelphia with a focus on […]

Blacks Still Face Challenges In Economic Equality

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WASHINGTON – African-Americans have achieved tremendous gains in education over the past 50 years, but that has yet to translate into major progress toward economic equality, the National Urban League says in its latest State of Black America report. This year’s report, “Redeem the Dream: Jobs Rebuild America,” identifies unemployment as the biggest barrier to […]

High Court Poised to Upend Civil Rights Policies

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WASHINGTON – Has the nation lived down its history of racism and should the law become colorblind? Addressing two pivotal legal issues, one on affirmative action and a second on voting rights, a divided Supreme Court is poised to answer those questions. In one case, the issue is whether race preferences in university admissions undermine […]