Investing in the Education of Students of Color Benefits All Americans

(NNPA) – As Congress prepares to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, or ESEA, it is vitally important that the updated law address the significant achievement gaps that plague the nation’s most underserved populations: students of color and low-income students. Providing these students with a high-quality education that prepares them for college and a career […]

Experts: Black studies programs facing campus challenges

DETROIT (AP) — Protests by University of Missouri Black students that forced the school’s administration to address racism and other problems mirror efforts decades ago that led many majority white schools to create African-American studies and other programs. But those programs and some ethnic studies departments across the country are struggling with funding, low-staffing and […]

National Education Advocate Says Family Is Key to Learning

(NNPA) – Education always played a big part in Byron Garrett’s life. “Education has always been a love of our family,” said Garrett, a Greensboro native and chairman of the National Family Engagement Alliance. “It’s always been the key thing that we believe to help you transition from one space in life to the next. So […]

University wants to make room for more California students

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — University of California President Janet Napolitano is asking the system’s governing board for permission to enroll 5,000 more California residents next fall at the nine campuses that serve undergraduates. The request, made public Monday in background materials for an upcoming Board of Regents meeting, is good news for high school seniors […]

KEVIN CHAVOUS: Should Sex Education Be Taught in Our Schools?

OPINION – As of January 1, 2015, all states are somehow involved in sex education for public schoolchildren. In particular, 22 states and the District of Columbia require public schools to teach sex education. But, is this really best for our kids? And, if so, is the material taught adequate and appropriate for today’s fast […]

JOSIAH YOUNG: If Not Us, Then No One

OPINION – Most Americans still believe in the American Dream: if you work hard and do the right things then you can be anything you want to be. So how is the dream going for Americans today? Not too dreamy: almost 66% of poor children will remain poor as adults and only 4% of Americans […]

School districts see teacher shortages after years of cuts

LOS ANGELES (AP) — When a new school year began at the Sierra Sands Unified district 150 miles north of Los Angeles in August, students in four classes were greeted by a substitute. The small district’s human resources department had worked aggressively through the summer to attract new teachers. Staff members made out-of-state recruiting trips, […]

Less than half of students meet new reading, math standards

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Less than half of all California students passed new math and English tests aligned with the Common Core standards and considered indicators of college and career readiness. Results for the Smarter Balanced assessment released Wednesday show that 44 percent of students in third through eighth and 11th grades met or exceeded […]

Teacher equity plans approved for 16 states

WASHINGTON (AP) — To ensure all students, regardless of race, ethnicity or economic background, get equal access to the best teachers, Kentucky plans to enhance mentoring for new teachers. Massachusetts will seek to raise standards for teacher education programs, and Rhode Island and Nevada are looking at financial incentives to attract and retain teachers. The […]

Legislators Join Hands in Fight to Protect School District Budget Reserves

SACRAMENTO (CBM) -A bipartisan group of lawmakers has launched a new effort to address a cap that has been placed on local school districts’ budget reserves. They say limiting the monies districts are required to reserve in their coffers will  increase  borrowing costs and hamper efforts to prepare for  economic hardship. State Senator Jerry Hill […]