September 25, 2018

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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COMMENTARY: Education Chief DeVos: Failing to Make the Grade

MILWAUKEE COURIER — Given the fact that the Every Student Succeeds Act, signed into law in 2015, is silent on weapons purchases, that omission would allow Ms. DeVos to use her discretion to approve or deny any state or district plans to use the enrichment grants under the measure for firearms and firearms training. […]

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Thirty-Two Summer STEM campers explore science and engineering, aeronautics, coding and competitive math games utilizing smart technology

CAPITOL OUTLOOK — Thirty-two outstanding young people in grades 6 through 10, from the Big Bend area, assembled at Bethel Family Life Center at 406 Bronough St. in Tallahassee for a variety of challenging, but interesting projects. […]

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Applications Now Open for 2019 Disney Dreamers Academy at Walt Disney World Resort

THE CHRONICLE — Applications are being accepted now through October 31, 2018, for the Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and Essence magazine. This annual outside-the-classroom mentoring program is scheduled for March 21-24, 2019, at the Walt Disney Resort in Florida. The program helps 100 select high school students, ages 13-19, from across the United States jump-start their life goals and pursue their dreams. […]

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Kevin Hart’s Help From The Hart Charity Launches a New $600,000 Scholarship Program with UNCF and KIPP

THE CHRONICLE — Following on his generous $100,000 scholarship gift made in 2015 through UNCF (the United Negro College Fund) to four deserving college students, actor and comedian Kevin Hart has joined forces with UNCF and KIPP (Knowledge Is Power Program) to help 18 more KIPP students earn a college degree. […]

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State Rep. Regina Goodwin An Open letter to the Univ. of Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA EAGLE — This writing addresses the Oklahoma University (OU) “house cleaning” by the new administration as it led to the exit of Mr. Jabar Shumate and talk of a fraternity house being re-opened to the Oklahoma University Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE) Fraternity after their involvement in a racist incident. […]

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