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 […]

White House Allies Produce Preschool-For-All Plan

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WASHINGTON — Days before President Barack Obama outlines his agenda for the coming year, a think tank with close ties to the White House is outlining a plan that would provide preschool for all children within five years. The Center for American Progress proposal, released Thursday, provides a road map for how the Obama administration […]

School Turnaround Efforts Prompt Accusations of Racism

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LOS ANGELES – The federal government’s push for drastic reforms at chronically low achieving schools has led to takeovers by charter operators, overhauls of staff and curriculum, and even school shutdowns across the country. It’s also generated a growing backlash among the mostly low-income, minority communities where some see the reforms as not only disruptive […]

Report: Black High School Graduation Rates Lowest in Country

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WASHINGTON – High school graduation rates in the United States are at their highest since 1974, according to a recent U.S. Department of Education report, but Black students graduated at a rate below other ethnic groups. Of the 4 million public school students who entered 9th grade in the 2006-2007 school year, 78.2 percent, or […]

Community Responds To Sac City Unified School Closures

SACRAMENTO – Facing under enrollment and a declining student population, Sacramento City Unified School District (SCUSD) discussed the consideration of several campus closures during its Board meeting late this week at the Joe Serna Community Center. During the meeting SCUSD Superintendent Jonathan Raymond recommended closing a total of 11 schools, practically all in South Sacramento. […]

How Do We Break the School-to-Prison Pipeline?

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WASHINGTON – In schools today, Black students get suspended at a rate that is more than triple the rate of their White classmates. As the uneven enforcement of zero tolerance policies disconnect minority students from their schools, juvenile detention centers and, in some cases, adult prisons welcome them with open arms. Data collected by the […]

Calif. Budget Aims to Change Education Funding

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LOS ANGELES – Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday proposed a sweeping overhaul of K-12 education financing that would provide more money for low-income schools and give districts more control over how they can spend state funds. Fresh off voter-approved hikes in the state sales tax and income taxes on the wealthy, the Democratic governor’s newly […]

Vanderbilt Divinity School Names Black Woman as Next Dean

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TENNESSEE – Dr. Emilie M. Townes, a noted Yale University scholar and administrator will be the school’s next dean, pending board approval. Townes is currently the Andrew W. Mellon Professor of African-American Religion and Theology and associate dean of academic affairs at Yale Divinity School. Townes, an American Baptist teaching and general research interests focuses […]

Higher Education Leaders to Discuss Role of Online Education in Calif.

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LOS ANGELES – Leaders in online education initiatives will convene at UCLA on January 8, 2013, to bring awareness and discuss key issues regarding the potential for online education to lower costs and improve higher education in California. The conference is sponsored by the 20 Million Minds Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to lowering the cost […]

Calif. Fails To Win ‘No Child Left Behind’ Waiver

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SAN JOSE – California has lost a bid to be avoid requirements of the No Child Left Behind law. The San Jose Mercury News reports the state was notified last Friday that its request for a waiver had been denied. The state has resisted a requirement that it evaluate teachers based, in part, on how […]