Calif. Dems Meet in Sacramento; Back Gun Control, Prop 13 Reforms

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SACRAMENTO – California Democrats adopted resolutions on Sunday affirming many of their biggest political goals, including changing California’s landmark property tax limitation law, Proposition 13, supporting more gun control legislation and imposing a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing for oil. Delegates to the party’s annual convention also urged President Barack Obama to reject the Keystone XL […]

Pell Grant Changes Will Slow Black Graduation Rates

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WASHINGTON – In many ways, the route Bonita Rex took to college is not unusual. After graduating from high school in 2007, family issues forced her to delay enrolling in college. Two years later, thanks to Pell grants and an improved family situation, she enrolled in the Community College of Philadelphia with a focus on […]

Education Leader, Dr. Jawanza Kunjufu To Speak at Indivizible Meeting

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OAK PARK – Dr. Jawanza Kunjufu is the guest speaker at the next Indivizible meeting at the Guild Theater in Oak Park April 15. The meeting starts at 6:00 p.m. He is expected to discuss economic opportunities for the Black community. Dr. Kunjufu was educated at Morgan State, Illinois State, and Union Graduate School. He […]

Black Scientists Host Field Trip To Inspire Youth

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DAVIS – A local organization is giving local African American students a chance to meet with and be inspired by those in the fields of science and engineering. The Northern California Council of Black Professional Engineers has joined forces with UC Davis to present the 2013 Science and Engineering Field Trip on Saturday, April 20. […]

Green Tech Exposes Students To Portable Lighting System

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ELK GROVE — There are many ways to teach youth and adults with emerging green-collar skills how to develop solar energy: radiant heat and light from the sun. However, the local nonprofit, Green Technical Education and Employment (Green Tech), accomplished this feat recently, with an additional facet, that was presented in its Solar Case Project […]

Sac City Unified Seeks Community Input on How to Address Achievement Gap

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SACRAMENTO – The Sacramento City Unified School District is seeking ways to eliminating the achievement and opportunity gaps for its students, especially before they get to the third grade. Today, March 12, an education task force and a broad-base of stakeholders will meet at the Serna Center to examine district policy, practices, and provide recommendations […]

Michelle Rhee to Hold Book Signing at The Guild

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OAK PARK – Michelle A. Rhee-Johnson is often seen on television networks such as CNN, MSNBC, ABC, and NBC’s Meet the Press discussing the state of education in the United States. Rhee-Johnson, the wife of Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, is passionate about providing children the skills and knowledge required to compete nationally and internationally. That’s […]

All Schools Get More Money Under Guv’s New Funding Proposal

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SACRAMENTO — All California schools will receive at least the same amount of money as they currently do, and poorer ones will receive significantly more, under Gov. Jerry Brown’s sweeping proposal to change K-12 education funding, according to district-by-district estimates released Wednesday. Last month, the Democratic governor released a budget plan that proposed drastic changes […]

Roberts Family Development Center Hosts Parent Empowerment Workshop

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NORTH SACRAMENTO – The Roberts Family Development Center in partnership with Mt. Olive Baptist Church is excited to present a parent empowerment workshop entitled “Promoting Parent Leadership for Student Success” featuring Dr. Darlene Willis & Marsha Dobson. This Workshop will be held Saturday, February 23rd and will be held a Mt. Olive Baptist Church located […]

UMAR JOHNSON: School Desegregation- Curse Or Cure For Black Male Students?

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OPINION – The year was 1954, the United States Supreme Court handed down a landmark decision stating that racism had no place in education. Although more of an empty symbol than a true legal mandate, at the time, many of the states, both northern and southern, refused to listen, knowing full well that neither the […]