November 16, 2018

Marie Jenkins Jones Incentive Award Announces 2018 Scholarship Winners

CHARLESTON CHRONICLE — Marking 26 years of scholarship support for high school students, the Marie Jenkins Jones Incentive Award (MJJIA) announces five award recipients for 2018. Receiving scholarships of $500 each are Kayla Bennett, Ajani Brooks, Quinara Lawson, Zataya Rivenbark and Jamesia St. Louis, all recent graduates of Baptist Hill Middle High School. […]

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NNPA Leadership Awards honor legendary poll worker, esteemed legislators

PRIDE PUBLISHING GROUP — The National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) 2018 National Leadership Awards Reception provided what one might expect when California Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters, Texas Democratic Rep. Al Green, and South Carolina’s Jim Clyburn make up one-third of the recipients. […]

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Charleston Accelerated Academy Opens To Assist Students Through Non-traditional Approaches To High School Graduation

THE CHRONICLE — The much anticipated opening of Charleston Accelerated Academy became a reality September 4 as approximately 120 students embarked on a course toward a diploma and high school graduation. Charleston Accelerated Academy is a unique S.C. Public Charter School helping young adults overcome real-life challenges to earn their district or state-issued high school diploma. […]

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The Search for Solutions to School-to-Prison Pipeline

THE AFRO — Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson (D-FL 24th District) has a mission – pull young Black boys out of the school-to-prison pipeline. She hopes her 5,000 Role Models of Excellence Project is the ticket to providing diplomas and degrees instead of prison sentences. […]

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MTSU’s President McPhee Embraces New Academic Year

TENNESSEE TRIBUNE — MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee kicked off the new academic year Thursday, Aug. 23, by applauding the university’s faculty and staff for continued progress in student retention and graduation while emphasizing the need to develop new strategies in an ever-evolving higher education landscape.
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Betsy DeVos Slammed for Wanting to Use ESSA Funds to Purchase Guns in School

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “On behalf of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights… we write to share our significant concern regarding the Department’s reported contemplation of the use of Student Support and Academic Enrichment grants provided to states under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) for purchasing firearms and firearms training for school staff…” […]

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School District Moves Forward With Aggressive Equity Agenda Despite $17M in Budget Cuts

TENNESSEE TRIBUNE — Many school districts across the nation are feeling the squeeze that smaller budgets and higher expectations for achievement are placing on their already challenged learning environments. […]

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Former HISD superintendent blasts district

DEFENDER NEWS NETWORK — “You would think if you want to integrate schools and really provide a robust push for the entire system, you would place some really sexy magnet schools in those African-American neighborhoods. No! They were all concentrated in white, upper-middle-class neighborhoods, so that if you’re an African-American student, you have to leave your neighborhood to go to those programs…” — Former Houston ISD superintendent Richard Carranza […]

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Twin-boys shine to become valedictorians in their graduating class, headed to MIT

WESTSIDE GAZETTE — It is very encouraging to see young boys overcome the adversities that face the African American communities, and aim for their goals without fear. Malik also encouraged others not to fear ideas, he said, “Whether its academics, athletics, some form of art, whatever passion someone has, my best advice would be just to explore it and do your best and the success will come.” […]

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OPINION: Our Children Are at Risk

MILWAUKEE COURIER — Today, kids who bully and assault their classmates too often do so without fear of punishment. They know teachers have lost control. And they realize they can get away with behavior that never used to be tolerated. […]

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COMMENTARY: Kids Count, But Not Enough

CHARLESTON CHRONICLE — For years I’ve done an annual story about the Kids Count report. The report is compiled by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, a national organization that since 1948 monitors and reports on the well-being of children. My former editor, Jim French used to provide me a hard copy of the report each year. […]

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Two Graduates Talk About Their Time at Tech and the Family They Found On Campus

ATLANTA TRIBUNE — To support black men at Tech, the school offers the African American Male Initiative, a University System of Georgia-funded initiative that provides academic resources, mentoring, and leadership training to enhance enrollment, retention, graduation and career placement. […]

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Oakland 12th Grader Gema Quetzal Cardenas Appointed to State Board of Education

OAKLAND POST — Oakland Unified School District senior Gema Quetzal Cardenas has been sworn in as the sole student member of the State Board of Education. “My goal is to make sure I represent students as they deserve, because sometimes students don’t feel represented. And I want to make sure they get the voice that they need,” she told a local TV station. […]

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