#SchoolsNotPrisions Tour Kicks off at Sacramento City College

SACRAMENTO- Music artists are often at the forefront of the push for social change. Ty Dolla $ign helps kick off the #SchoolsNotPrisons tour on Saturday, August 6 at Sacramento City College. #SchoolsNotPrisons is a public education campaign by Californians for Safety and Justice that is raising awareness about who California sends to prison, the cost […]

Report finds segregation in education on the rise

WASHINGTON (AP) — Six decades after the Supreme Court outlawed separating students by race, stubborn disparities persist in how the country educates its poor and minority children. A report Tuesday by the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office found deepening segregation of Black and Hispanic students at high-poverty K-12 public schools. These schools often offered fewer math, […]

Black Parents Say ‘Make UC an Option’ for African Americans

OAKLAND, Calif. — The cost of a University of California education, feeling welcomed on campus and whether academic records are strong enough. These were among the concerns raised by a group of 16 African American parents – educators, counselors, community college students – in a candid conversation with UC President Janet Napolitano. The recent two-hour […]

CAAASA Elects Vallejo Superintendent For President at Annual Conference

(CBM) – The California Association of African American Superintendents and Administrators (CAAASA) unanimously elected Dr. Ramona Bishop, Superintendent of Vallejo Unified School District, its new president on Friday, March 4. She will serve in the role through early 2017. CAAASA, first founded in 1993, held its four-day annual conference last week in Sacramento. The group […]

“Black Minds Matter” Movement: California Is Failing Black Students

(CBM) – The California Legislative Black Caucus is preparing strategies for accountability after a new report revealed Black students are disproportionately suffering from disparities and inequalities in access, opportunity, and achievement in education. State lawmakers held a briefing to examine findings of “Black Minds Matter: Supporting the Educational Success of Black Children in California,” which […]

Should high school punishments go on college applications?

(AP) – They are basic yes-no questions that ask whether a college applicant ever got into trouble in high school. Yet they’re anything but simple, say some who want run-ins at school or with the law taken out of the college admissions equation. Advocates, school districts and even some colleges share concerns about youthful mistakes […]

Gaps in Teacher Effectiveness Hurt Young, Minority Students

WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Minority and low-income students are less likely to have consistent access to effective teachers between preschool and the third grade than students from high-income households, according to a new report by the Center for American Progress (CAP), a Washington, D.C-based think tank. Rachel Herzfeldt-Kamprath, a researcher at CAP and a co-author of the […]

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 […]