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 […]

MARGARET FORTUNE: What’s in a Name?

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OPINION – Last week, Fortune School opened our third tuition-free elementary school in Sacramento County—Alan Rowe College Prep located in Elk Grove. We started with grades Kindergarten through 3rd and will grow a grade level a year through middle school. Usually, schools are named for the rich or the dead. At Fortune School, we have […]

ALONDRA THOMPSON: Allowing Room For Children To Make Their Own Decisions

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OPINION – During trying times of discovering appropriate family rules, each member of the structure may benefit to have a sense of ownership of the rules being implemented.  In the skill of listening, the parent has the cleverness of paying attention to his/her teen while channeling into his/her Higher Power.  Many parents have expressed the […]

Alan Rowe College Prep Prepares For Grand Opening

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ELK GROVE – With the start of school just days away, teachers and staff of a local charter school system took the opportunity to do some last-minute homework. Key educators and support staffers from throughout the Fortune Charter School System all gathered at its Sacramento headquarters last week for a summer symposium focused on professional […]