Education

LET’S CLOSE THE ACHIEVEMENT GAP: No More Excuses

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July 14, 2014
LET’S CLOSE THE ACHIEVEMENT GAP: No More Excuses

Roger Madison, CEO July 12, 2014 I am tired of listening to excuses. I am quite frankly puzzled by the growing achievement gaps in testing results that we read about among Black students. It appears to me that someone hoodwinked many Black people into believing that we cannot perform well on tests. We must...
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WELL-EDUCATED BLACK PARENTS EQUAL BRIGHTER FUTURES

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July 8, 2014
WELL-EDUCATED BLACK PARENTS EQUAL BRIGHTER FUTURES

by MICHAEL HOLZMAN June 30, 2014 The U.S. Department of Education’s National Assessment of Educational Progress periodically measures literacy skills at grades four, eight, and 12. The results are reported at four levels: At Basic and below Basic; at Proficient and at Advanced for each grade level. As reading is the basis for all...
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Improving Conditions — Unless You’re Black

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June 22, 2014
Improving Conditions — Unless You’re Black

In this piece, the author of the heralded Schott Foundation’s report on African-American male achievement, weighs in on recent statistics and fuels the recognition that a particular demographic in this country continues to get short shrift in those policies and programs that might help alleviate the institutional racism that denies a people equal opportunity....
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Field Notes: Training Role Models For Young African-Americans

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June 19, 2014
Field Notes: Training Role Models For Young African-Americans

Ricardo Quinn, principal of Chesney Elementary School in Duluth, Ga., helps develop young black male teachers with the “Call Me Mister” program (Claudio Sanchez NPR)   By Claudio Sanchez This past week was a reminder of how the educational landscape can go from momentous to tragic in a heartbeat. From a high school shooting outside Portland,...
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US ‘report card’: stagnation in 12th-grade math, reading scores

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June 10, 2014
US ‘report card’: stagnation in 12th-grade math, reading scores

Commenting on the 2013 NAEP ‘report card’ for US 12th-graders, Education Secretary Arne Duncan said, ‘achievement gaps among ethnic groups have not narrowed.’ By Amanda Paulson May 7, 2014 American high school seniors showed no improvement in their math and reading abilities in four years, according to the latest National Assessment of Educational Progress...
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Death of James Deanes, legendary educational activist

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June 5, 2014
Death of James Deanes, legendary educational activist

By Mark S. Allen   June 4, 2014 Very sad to hear that James Deanes, one of my longtime legendary educational activist friends of over 35 years died today. It really breaks my heart when I think now that he had to die looking at how the most historic educational legislative victories he helped to anchor...
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The Silent Genocide: Facts about the Devastating Plight of Black Males in America

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June 3, 2014
The Silent Genocide: Facts about the Devastating Plight of Black Males in America

  Education/Family In Chicago, only three out of 100 Black boys earn a college degree by age 25. According to the 2011 NAEP, only 10% of 8th-grade Black males in America read at a proficient level. In 2010 in Illinois, only 47% of Black males graduated from high school, 59% of Latino males and...
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Summer Break and the Achievement Gap

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June 2, 2014
Summer Break and the Achievement Gap

  By Andrew McEachin, May 30, 2014     I’m going to keep this short and sweet. This week, I’ve focused on various aspects of teacher and school accountability. Today I am going to take the conversation in a slightly different direction. From the Coleman Report forward, we have known that the vast majority (upwards...
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Jailed for ‘stealing education’ – A courageous mother shares a heartrending story

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May 23, 2014
Jailed for ‘stealing education’ – A courageous mother shares a heartrending story

  BY RICHARD B. MUHAMMAD MAY 15, 2014   CHICAGO (FinalCall.com) – When an Ohio judge sentenced Kelley Williams-Bolar to jail for enrolling children in a suburban school district where their grandfather lived sharp words were spoken. “I will make an example out of you,” said the judge. She was right. Ms. Williams-Bolar is an example...
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How to help students of color, 60 years after historic Brown v. Board ruling

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May 19, 2014
How to help students of color, 60 years after historic Brown v. Board ruling

Brown v. Board of Education marks its 60th Anniversary on May 17, 2014. (Bettmann/CORBIS) BY VALERIE STRAUSS May 17, 2014 On May 17, 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court  ruled that state laws establishing separate schools for black and white students were unconstitutional in the historic case Brown vs. Board of Education. I’ve published a few pieces...
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