Gov. Jerry Brown to boost school spending amid surplus

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SACRAMENTO (AP) – Lawmakers expect Gov. Jerry Brown to suggest spending more tax dollars on public schools and community colleges while asking for more money to be set aside for a rainy day when he releases his updated budget this week. But with a growing $3 billion surplus, Democrats who control the Legislature will jockey […]

KEVIN CHAVOUS: The Fight for the Dream is Still Alive

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OPINION – In the spring of 1968, while growing up in Indianapolis, my mother scooped up me and my three younger siblings and told us that she was going to take us to hear the next president of the United States speak. It was a misty, overcast night but I was excited to go – […]

New Education Official Wants to Reform NCLB

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WASHINGTON (NNPA) – John King, Jr., a highly-respected educator from New York City, says that teachers saved his life and in his new post as the deputy secretary at the Department of Education, he wants all children to have the support in school that he had growing up. Both of King’s parents were life-long educators. […]

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 […]

SABC Seeks Applicants For the Rosewald “Robbie” Robertson Scholarship

Sacramento – The Sacramento Area Black Caucus, Inc. is now accepting applications for its annual Rosenwald “Robbie” Robertson Scholarships. The scholarships, which bear the name of the late City Councilman and community leader, will be awarded this spring. The $500 scholarships are awarded to area students who best demonstrate the standards of academic achievement, leadership, […]

Is Mediocrity the New Standard for Black Students?

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MIAMI – While many thought Jim Crow politics ended with the Civil Rights movement, the Southern Poverty Law Center alleges otherwise in their most recent complaint against the Florida Department of Education. The complaint alleges that the Department of Education adopted a discriminatory strategic plan that sets lower academic expectations for Black and Hispanic students […]

MARGARET FORTUNE: Say It Loud

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OPINION – At Fortune School, we operate four public charter schools in San Bernardino and Sacramento, California designed to close the African American achievement gap. I recently hosted a group of school officials at our campus in San Bernardino. The school is named for Hardy Brown, the publisher of the local black newspaper. While serving an […]

According to Survey More Than 1 in 10 US Kids Has ADHD

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ATLANTA – The number of U.S. children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder continues to rise but may be leveling off a bit, a new survey shows. More than 1 in 10 children has been diagnosed with it, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which surveyed more than 95,000 parents in 2011. ADHD […]

First Lady Undertakes New Education Initiative

WASHINGTON – Edging into a broader policy role, Michelle Obama is joining President Barack Obama’s efforts to get the United States on track to have the highest percentage of college graduates by 2020. Mrs. Obama spoke to students Tuesday at Bell Multicultural High School just a few miles from the White House. Officials say the […]

Not Good Enough: Math, Reading Scores Up Slightly

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WASHINGTON  – Sometimes the best isn’t good enough: Most American fourth and eighth graders still lack basic skills in math and science despite record high scores on a national exam. Yes, today’s students are doing better than those who came before them. But the improvements have come at a snail’s pace. The 2013 Nation’s Report […]