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D.C. schools to invest $20 million in efforts to help black and Latino male students

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January 29, 2015
D.C. schools to invest $20 million in efforts to help black and Latino male students

By Michael Alison Chandler January 21, 2015 D.C. Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson announced a plan Wednesday to invest $20 million in new support programs for black and Latino male students in the District, including opening an all-boys college preparatory high school east of the Anacostia River.Henderson said her decision to invest heavily in the specific needs...
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‘I never had a teacher that looked like me’: Challenges exist in hiring a diverse staff

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December 23, 2014
‘I never had a teacher that looked like me’: Challenges exist in hiring a diverse staff

Photo provided by The Black Star Project By Molly Beck December 14, 2014 Bri Blue illustrates why it’s such a challenge for school districts like Madison’s to hire a racially diverse staff. She was one of just four black students in the elementary education program in the UW-Madison School of Education, the most prestigious...
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Black, Latino males lag in Boston schools

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November 14, 2014
Black, Latino males lag in Boston schools

By James Vaznis Globe Staff   November 13, 2014 Black and Latino males are facing an educational crisis in Boston, lagging substantially behind their peers on the MCAS, high school graduation rates, and other barometers that lower their prospects for college or workforce success, according to a city-commissioned report being released Thursday. Collectively, the...
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Asking the big Why? at the University of North Carolina

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November 3, 2014
Asking the big Why? at the University of North Carolina

Mary Carey  By Mary Carey October 31, 2014 The Wainstein report covers the who, what, when, where and how questions. It even covers the little why question. Why did UNC have paper classes? The answer: to maintain athletes’ eligibility. The big Why isn’t mentioned, though. The big Why is why couldn’t these athletes maintain...
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ACT Scores Paint Troubling Picture For Students Of Color

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October 28, 2014
ACT Scores Paint Troubling Picture For Students Of Color

  By Joy Resmovits August 20, 2014 As American students return to classes in a public education system projected to be majority minority for the first time this fall, new test scores provide alarming evidence that students of color remain far behind their white counterparts. While only 39 percent of all students who took the ACT...
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Teachers Expect Less From Black And Latino Students

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October 27, 2014
Teachers Expect Less From Black And Latino Students

Cavan Images via Getty Images By Rebecca Klein October 7, 2014 Students from low-income families and students of color may perform poorly in school because their teachers simply do not believe in them. A study published Tuesday by the left-leaning Center for American Progress, or CAP, looks at whether teacher expectations produce a Pygmalian effect...
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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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