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 […]

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

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

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

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

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?

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

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

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

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 […]