MARGARET FORTUNE: Keeping the Honor in Honor Roll

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OPINION – With all the news about Black students being suspended, you might get the impression that there is something inherent in our kids keeping them on the naughty list. But, as a school principal, I know first-hand that’s not true. My biggest leverage with my students (90 percent of whom are African American) is […]

KEITH HERRON: The Energy You Bring

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OPINION – In physics, energy is an indirectly observed quantity that is often understood as the ability of a physical system to do work on other physical systems. Most people easily grasp this concept when thinking about their cars or pushing a shopping cart. However, most people totally ignore the concept of human emotional energy. […]

House Passes Bill to Replace No Child Left Behind

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WASHINGTON — House Republicans on Friday passed legislation outlining their vision for national educational policy to replace the No Child Left Behind law. The measure would give state and local governments greater powers to determine how best to improve schools and would sharply reduce federal involvement in education matters. The Student Success Act reflects the […]

ANITA JOHNSON – Is a College Education Still Relevant for African Americans?

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OPINION – From the beginning, I was told by my parents to “get your college degree and get you a good job.” Coming from parents who both hold Master’s degrees, you would expect their children to follow in their footsteps and of course I took it a bit too far — I had to get […]

Student Loan Rates Double Without Congress’ Action

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WASHINGTON — College students’ interest rates are at the mercy of Congress. The interest rates on subsidized Stafford loans doubled from 3.4 percent Monday and could stay doubled unless Congress fulfills its pledge to restore lower rates when it returns from the Fourth of July holiday. Lawmakers from both parties, as well as the White […]

MARGARET FORTUNE: Teachers – Good And Bad – Are At The Heart Of It All

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OPINION – One of my most memorable students this year has been a third grader named Curtis. He came to my attention early in the year when I visited his classroom. The students were bubbling over with excitement. They wanted to show me a new multiplication rap their teacher had taught them called, “I know […]

Affirmative Action Ruling Contest: Race vs. Class

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WASHINGTON – In post-Great Recession America, which is the bigger barrier to opportunity race or class? A decade ago, the U.S. Supreme Court kept the focus on race as a barrier, upholding the right of colleges to make limited use of racial preferences to ensure a diverse student body. But in a ruling due this […]

KEITH HERRON: It’s Summer and the Learning Continues!

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OPINION – The sun is shining bright as the beautiful days of summer begin.  Also shining bright is an opportunity for parents to create a summer of learning for their children that is both easy and inexpensive. Children can learn in a variety of ways during the summer.  The tasks parents accomplish each day in […]

President Obama to Launch Fresh Push on Student Loans

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WASHINGTON – College students are joining President Barack Obama at the White House as he calls on Congress to keep federally subsidized student loan rates from doubling on July 1. Friday’s White House event marks the beginning of a public campaign by Obama to temporarily extend current rates or to find a long-term compromise that […]

Per-Student Pre-K Spending Lowest in a Decade

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WASHINGTON – State funding for pre-kindergarten programs had its largest drop ever last year and states are now spending less per child than they did a decade ago, according to a report released Monday. The report also found that more than a half million of those preschool students are in programs that don’t even meet […]