Legislators Join Hands in Fight to Protect School District Budget Reserves

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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 […]

KEVIN CHAVOUS: A Good Education By Any Means Necessary

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(OPINION) – At age 6, Mical spent the majority of his first school year kicked out of class for behavioral issues, including angry and violent outbursts. His Great Aunt and legal guardian, Martha Presley, was worried sick about Mical and his future. At such a young age, he seemed destined for failure and even worse, […]

Closing Education Gap would boost U.S. economy

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WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Men of color would earn $170 billion more a year, if they reached the same education level as White men, according to a new White House report. The report examined “opportunity gaps facing youth of color” and found stunning correlations between the educational and employment success of young men of color and […]

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 […]