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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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Have Black Girls Been Overlooked?

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July 8, 2014
Have Black Girls Been Overlooked?

By Dr. Jawanza Kunjufu  Recent test scores, statements from parents and Black girls, and visits to urban school districts have shown that we’re in the midst of a crisis among Black females. Yet, almost nothing gets reported; their situation seems of little consequence to the general public. We have done very little to encourage,...
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White High School Dropout Has Same Chances of Getting a Job as Black College Graduate

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June 27, 2014
White High School Dropout Has Same Chances of Getting a Job as Black College Graduate

June 26, 2014 Probably the most pervasive myth in the American lexicon is that the U.S. is a meritocracy. The reason affirmative action exists is to thwart the entrenched bias in education and employment, but now that neo-liberals and conservatives are leaning toward a color-blind approach, it is imperative that those on the forefront of...
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An open letter of apology to Black Men in hopes of Reconciliation.

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June 23, 2014
An open letter of apology to Black Men in hopes of Reconciliation.

(ThyBlackMan.com) Dear Black Man, By Nojma Muhammad November 23, 2011 I have become a woman that you no longer recognize. I have allowed our enemy to impregnate me with his ideas and thoughts. I have allowed an illusion of independence to keep us separated.  I have fooled myself into believing that my degrees places me...
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We Are Not Only Changing the Education Discourse, We Are Also Changing Its Course:

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June 23, 2014
We Are Not Only Changing the Education Discourse, We Are Also Changing Its Course:

It is the beliefs of teachers, administrators and school boards, NOT poverty that is responsible for poor student achievements. When recent convert Diane Ravitch and other so-called liberal educators contend that poverty, not the beliefs of teachers, administrators and school boards, is responsible for poor student achievement, they are dead wrong. If Ravitch and cohorts were...
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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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Evictions are as bad for black women as prison is for black men

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June 20, 2014
Evictions are as bad for black women as prison is for black men

BY MATTHEW DESMOND  June 16, 2014   Patrice is, in many ways, typical. A low-income woman, she’s struggling to find affordable housing in Milwaukee. The 24-year-old single mother of three shares a two-bedroom apartment with her mother, her three young children and her three siblings. It’s on the same block as abandoned buildings and...
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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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‘Africa Rising’? Not really, unless we invest more in girls

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June 19, 2014
‘Africa Rising’? Not really, unless we invest more in girls

Children pose in a classroom at the Friendship Primary school in Zinder, Niger, on June 1, 2012. By Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of Liberia, Special to CNN June 16, 2014   Editor’s note: Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is the president of Liberia and a Nobel Peace Prize winner. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely hers....
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