KEVIN CHAVOUS: The “Dumbing Down” of American Education

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OPINION – Early in 2001, when I was the chair of the education committee on the Council of the District of Columbia, I was talking with the D.C. Public Schools Superintendent Paul Vance about the intense debate over standards at the time. Federal lawmakers were debating whether to tie federal dollars that were earmarked to […]

KEISHA PULLIAM: KAMP KIZZY

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OPINION – I think every person that walks the face of the earth has a Calling and Passion that they are meant to maximize to make our world a better place. For me, my Passion and Calling comes through acting, but it also shows up through my nonprofit Kamp Kizzy. Kamp Kizzy gives young people […]

KEVIN CHAVOUS: Educating the Kids Nobody Wants

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OPINION – After giving a recent education reform speech in Georgia, a thirty-something man approached me to discuss my views on the increasing school expulsion rate for kids, particularly boys of color. He told me that his wife was a special education teacher; that she worked with troubled kids and she had developed a close […]

LYNNIS WOODS: De-Stress Your Mess: What to Eat During Stressful Time

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OPIONION – One out of 10 Women surveyed by healthywomen.org, say they grap the potato chips, ice cream, crackers ,cookies and alcohol when under stress.  While these foods might taste great especially during stressful times, they are a BIG no-no!  In fact eating these kinds of foods can actually increase the feelings of stress and also […]

KEVIN CHAVOUS: School Choice Emerging as a Go-To Issue for African American Voters

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OPINION (NNPA) – With each election, political experts can look at various voting patterns by certain groups to determine which issues are important to those groups. For instance, among African American voters, it is clear that issues such as jobs, quality housing, affordable health care and education consistently are the most significant. As it relates […]

JABAR SHUMATE: Embracing Educational Reform

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OPINION – There’s been a lot of discussion lately about our public school systems. A recent report revealed that 49 schools within Tulsa Public Schools received an F grade by the state of Oklahoma. Most of those schools are in my legislative district. I am constantly wondering how, with so many different avenues of resources […]

KEVIN CHAVOUS: How to Pick The Best School for Your Child

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OPINION – Parents truly do know best. When it comes to a child’s needs, goals and their learning style – a parent is the one who knows exactly what it takes for their child to be successful. That’s why school choice matters – parents are empowered to choose the best school for their son or […]

TIANA BURSE: What’s Better Than Quitting?

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OPINION – Bill Cosby once stated: “Your desire to succeed should be greater than your fear of failure.” One of my favorite things to do in life as well as my business is to consistently look at my goals, re-target my goals if necessary and create new goals that push me to another phase of […]

DAVID FONTAINE: Have You Balanced Your Check Book Lately?

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OPINION – My experience has been that many couples don’t talk about finances until a major crisis arises. Whether it’s a layoff, forced retirement or major illness, this financial crisis will require a change in your behavior. No more your money or my money, your account or my checking account. The reality is changes must […]

TIANA BURSE: The Difference between Winning and Losing

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OPINION – Have you ever wondered what the difference is between those who truly succeed in the eyes of world and those who don’t? Recently I have begun doing what I like to call a “check up from the neck up” diving into the REAL reason why some things manifest so effortlessly for some individuals […]