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

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

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!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 […]