Education

Philadelphia Failure Mills

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September 18, 2014
Philadelphia Failure Mills

In Philadelphia, as in Milwaukee and Rochester, young people, especially young African American men, are caught between a school system that will not educate them and a criminalizing legal system that will not leave them alone. Michael Holzman September 15, 2014 Eighty percent of Philadelphia’s Black families have incomes below the average for White...
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In America, Only 12% of Eighth Grade Black Boys Read Proficiently

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September 16, 2014
In America, Only 12% of Eighth Grade Black Boys Read Proficiently

How did we, Black people, allow this to occur on our watch?  And what will we do about it?  If Black boys cannot read, they won’t do well in School. If Black boys don’t do well in school, they will turn to the streets. If Black boys turn to the streets, they will become...
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Five ways White House Director David Johns wants to help black students succeed

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September 12, 2014
Five ways White House Director David Johns wants to help black students succeed

  In a visit to Memphis, the executive director of the White House’s Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans highlights quality pre-K, family engagement as focus areas. By Tajuana Cheshier September 9, 2014 White House Director David Johns admittedly gets a little emotional when he talks about improving educational opportunities for black students he...
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Rich Kid, Poor Kid: For 30 Years, Baltimore Study Tracked Who Gets Ahead

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August 11, 2014
Rich Kid, Poor Kid: For 30 Years, Baltimore Study Tracked Who Gets Ahead

A rooftop view of East Baltimore, 1979.  (Elinor Cahn/Courtesy of Elinor Cahn Photographs, The Photography Collections, University of Maryland, Baltimore County) By Juana Summers August 7, 2014 Education is historically considered to be the thing that levels the playing field, capable of lifting up the less advantaged and improving their chances for success. “Play...
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Student: My school district hires too many white teachers

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August 10, 2014
Student: My school district hires too many white teachers

This is what the teaching corps should look like, too. (Photo by Matt McClain for The Washington Post) Students are better off when they can see themselves in their instructors. By Glenn Sullivan June 26 Glenn Sullivan, 19, recently graduated from New Orleans’ Lake Area New Tech Early College High School. High school is full...
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Losing school librarians in Chicago Public Schools

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August 4, 2014
Losing school librarians in Chicago Public Schools

By Becky Vevea July 23, 2014 Having a school library with a full-time librarian is becoming something of a luxury in Chicago’s 600-plus public schools. Two years ago, Chicago Public School budgeted for 454 librarians. Last year: 313 librarians. This year? 254. Those are the numbers Megan Cusick, a librarian at Nancy B. Jefferson...
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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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