Raisa Dorsaindville, 20, paints a wall inside La Hermosa Church in downtown Arecibo, Puerto Rico. (Tatyana Hopkins/NNPA)

Howard Students Help to Rebuild in Puerto Rico

THE MADISON TIMES — ARECIBO, Puerto Rico—When Howard University Student Jasmine Stevens fled New Orleans in 2005 to avoid Hurricane Katrina, she left with just enough clothes for two days. The Category 3 storm would cover her family’s neighborhood in eight-feet of water, destroy their belongings and force them to abandon their home and flee to Port Arthur, Texas, where they remained for three years. […]


COMMENTARY: Milwaukee’s Youth Bring Their Demands for Justice 50 Miles Further

MILWAUKEE COURIER — Local students have announced their plan to join in Madison on March 25 to march 50 miles south to Janesville, to the home of House Speaker Paul Ryan, in what they’ve named the 50 Miles More March. Led in part by Shorewood High’s own Katie Eder, the students have sited the 1965 Selma to Montgomery civil rights march as inspiration for keeping the school safety issue front and center following the March 24 March for Our Lives protest in Washington D.C. […]

GIVING HIGH SCHOOL kids focused mentoring and hands on experience, ComEd mentors showed students from across Chicago how to provide solar power to people in need while they assembled Solar Suitcases.
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ComEd focuses on STEM education

In February ComEd launched its Solar Spotlight program, designed to expose African American high school students to opportunities in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) as part of its annual Black History Month celebration. During ComEd’s Solar Spotlight, more than 60 high school students participated in the two-day educational sessions where they […] […]

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

VIDEO: A humanist approach to teaching kids

In this “Heroes in the Field” blog post and video, co-chair Bill Gates sits down with Sacramento Superintendent Jorge Aguilar in a one-on-one interview in which Aguilar shares his background, his experience connecting students to college options while at Fresno Unified School District, and how he is using data-driven continuous improvement in Sacramento to keep more low-income students and students of color on track to graduation. […]

Defender News Network

Nationwide Student Walkouts Planned To Protest Gun Violence

DEFENDER NEWS SERVICE — From Maine to Hawaii, thousands of students planned to stage walkouts Wednesday to protest gun violence, one month after the deadly shooting inside a high school in Parkland, Florida. Organizers say nearly 3,000 walkouts are set in the biggest demonstration yet of the student activism that has emerged following the massacre of 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. […]

Betsy DeVos

The Student Loan Debt Crisis Is a Civil Rights Issue

BLACK VOICE NEWS — From attacks on voting rights to police killings of unarmed civilians and growing inequities in earnings and wealth, the civil rights gains of the past six decades are facing threat after threat. But one front in the fight for full equality—meaningful access to higher education—is particularly urgent. With 65 percent of jobs soon requiring more than a high school diploma, the need is greater than ever, especially for African Americans and other communities of color. […]

Ta’Kaiya Cooper (left) and Ashleigh Richardson (right) with Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin are among more than 300 students across the country named winners in C-SPAN’s national 2018 StudentCam competition (C-SPAN)

Two Ramsay High School students winners in C-SPAN documentary competition

THE BIRMINGHAM TIMES — C-SPAN announced Wednesday that Ashleigh Richardson and Ta’Kaiya Cooper, students at Ramsay High School in Birmingham are second-prize winners in C-SPAN’s national 2018 StudentCam competition. They will receive $1,500 for their documentary, “You Matter,” about the 15th Amendment. Their video will air on C-SPAN at 5:50 a.m. CST and throughout the day on April 11. […]

Lakecia Coleman (left) stands with her daughter Ja’Nia, 11, after receiving her certificate for completing the nursing program at Robinson Elementary School. (Ariel Worthy/The Birmingham Times)

Fairfield Elementary School Students Excel in Nursing Program

THE BIRMINGHAM TIMES — Ten students sat with white lab coats, stethoscopes around their necks, waiting to receive pins and certifications for their work in nursing academy. These weren’t college students, though. They were students from Robinson Elementary School in Fairfield in grades third through sixth. This is the first year the school started its Exploratory Nursing Program, and on Tuesday, students received recognition for their work. […]


OPINION: Guns in Schools: Are Our Kids Truly Safe?

HOUSTON FORWARD TIMES — When it comes to the issue of gun violence in the United States, it is safe to say that the bullets don’t discriminate – for the most part. And while there does tend to be a double standard related to the media attention and societal support certain groups receive versus others when it comes to ‘dealing with’ the issue of gun violence in America, the pain that all parents, families and friends experience due to these traumatic experiences is the same – heartbreaking. […]

Afro Newspaper

D.C. Public School Lottery Fast Approaching

THE AFRO — The District of Columbia public school lottery deadline for pre-K through 8th grade students is fast approaching; just as new figures confirm that District public charter schools now educate 47 percent of all D.C. students enrolled in public schools. This vote of confidence in these unique public schools is a tribute to the diversity and strength of the educational programs they offer. […]

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Baltimore’s Children Struggle in Toxic Environment

AFRO — “Our society has treated the abuse, maltreatment, violence, and chaotic experiences of our children as an oddity that is adequately dealt with by emergency response systems… These services are needed and are worthy of support—but they are a dressing on a greater wound…   Later, in childhood, adolescence, and adulthood [affected persons will develop] behavioral, learning, social, criminal, and chronic health problems.”  […]

Betsy DeVos

OPINION: This Black History Month, Let’s Take Back the Fight for Education Equality

In the landmark Brown v. Board of Education ruling that ended school segregation, Chief Justice Earl Warren wrote, “It is doubtful that any child may reasonably be expected to succeed in life if he is denied the opportunity of an education. Such an opportunity, where the state has undertaken to provide it, is ‘a right which must be made available to all on equal terms.’” […]