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 […]

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 […]