OPINION – At Fortune School, we operate four public charter schools in San Bernardino and Sacramento, California designed to close the African American achievement gap. I recently hosted a group of school officials at our campus in San Bernardino. The school is named for Hardy Brown, the publisher of the local black newspaper. While serving an […]

According to Survey More Than 1 in 10 US Kids Has ADHD

ATLANTA – The number of U.S. children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder continues to rise but may be leveling off a bit, a new survey shows. More than 1 in 10 children has been diagnosed with it, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which surveyed more than 95,000 parents in 2011. ADHD […]

First Lady Undertakes New Education Initiative

WASHINGTON – Edging into a broader policy role, Michelle Obama is joining President Barack Obama’s efforts to get the United States on track to have the highest percentage of college graduates by 2020. Mrs. Obama spoke to students Tuesday at Bell Multicultural High School just a few miles from the White House. Officials say the […]

Not Good Enough: Math, Reading Scores Up Slightly

WASHINGTON  – Sometimes the best isn’t good enough: Most American fourth and eighth graders still lack basic skills in math and science despite record high scores on a national exam. Yes, today’s students are doing better than those who came before them. But the improvements have come at a snail’s pace. The 2013 Nation’s Report […]

MARGARET FORTUNE: What’s in a Name?

OPINION – Last week, Fortune School opened our third tuition-free elementary school in Sacramento County—Alan Rowe College Prep located in Elk Grove. We started with grades Kindergarten through 3rd and will grow a grade level a year through middle school. Usually, schools are named for the rich or the dead. At Fortune School, we have […]

ALONDRA THOMPSON: Allowing Room For Children To Make Their Own Decisions

OPINION – During trying times of discovering appropriate family rules, each member of the structure may benefit to have a sense of ownership of the rules being implemented.  In the skill of listening, the parent has the cleverness of paying attention to his/her teen while channeling into his/her Higher Power.  Many parents have expressed the […]

Alan Rowe College Prep Prepares For Grand Opening

ELK GROVE – With the start of school just days away, teachers and staff of a local charter school system took the opportunity to do some last-minute homework. Key educators and support staffers from throughout the Fortune Charter School System all gathered at its Sacramento headquarters last week for a summer symposium focused on professional […]

Blacks Attend Underfunded ‘Racially Separate’ Colleges

WASHINGTON – Despite high test scores and access to higher education, Black students often attend poorly-funded colleges and receive certificates instead of earning degrees, according to a recent report. The report titled “Separate and Unequal,” by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, found that, “White students are increasingly concentrated today, relative to […]

MARGARET FORTUNE: Keeping the Honor in Honor Roll

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

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. […]