Monthly Archives: February 2013

Black students’ learning gaps start early, report says

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February 27, 2013
Black students’ learning gaps start early, report says

(photo provided by The Black Star Project) African American pupils are far less likely to take college prep classes and more likely to miss school because of suspensions, a group finds, calling for strong intervention.   By Teresa Watanabe, Los Angeles TimesFebruary 26, 2013  African American public school students in Los Angeles County demonstrate...
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White House Highlights “Champions of Change” for Educational Excellence for African Americans

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February 26, 2013
White House Highlights “Champions of Change” for Educational Excellence for African Americans

                THE WHITE HOUSE Office of Communications FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 25, 2013 WASHINGTON, DC – On Tuesday, February 26th, the White House will honor ten leaders who have devoted their time and efforts to helping further education among African Americans. These individuals have provided exemplary leadership...
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Support Black Owned Businesses and Reduce Your Utility Bills

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February 25, 2013
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  The Black Star Project has now trained and certified 62 individuals as Home Weatherization Specialists with our partner Taj Development.  Below is a special promotion for Black Star subscribers that is good through the end of March.  Call today and help us build Black owned businesses, create jobs, and lower your utility bills...
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The Little Rock Nine and Philadelphia Student Union:

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February 25, 2013
The Little Rock Nine and Philadelphia Student Union:

                  Historical Parallels between Then and Now  In 1957 in Little Rock, Arkansas, an event occurred that not only showed African Americans fighting for their rights but also students fighting for their rights to a quality education. Sixteen African American students wanted to transfer to an...
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Mandatory school age could fall from 7 to 5 in Illinois

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February 25, 2013
Mandatory school age could fall from 7 to 5 in Illinois

(Tribune illustration)  By Gary Marx and David Jackson, Chicago Tribune reporters February 11, 2013| In a move aimed at countering Chicago’s crisis in K-8 truancy and absenteeism, state Sen. Kimberly Lightford has introduced legislation to lower Illinois’ compulsory school age from 7 to 5. Experts say it is critical to establish the habit of...
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Youth violence, no simple solution

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February 22, 2013
Youth violence, no simple solution

    BY STARLA MUHAMMAD -STAFF WRITER FEB 15, 2013    Phillip Jackson CHICAGO (FinalCall.com) - The deeply entrenched, long-term problem of youth violence in the country’s third most populous city is a complex one that will take a multi-layered, multi-faceted approach to solve. In addition, more police on the streets is not the answer, says Chicago...
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Daddy Daughter Dance 2013 (photos and video footage)

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February 21, 2013
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Click on the image below to see a slideshow of the dance and all of the beautiful “couples” who attended. (click to see all 28 photos) Below is a video from the Daddy Daughter Dance 2013
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In South Carolina, Learning Center Expands to Help Struggling Kids

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February 20, 2013
In South Carolina, Learning Center Expands to Help Struggling Kids

                                                                                                          STAFF PHOTO BY ROB NOVIT – Malcolm McBurnett clearly is happy that his mother, Priscilla, attended a parents’ luncheon at the Center for Innovative Learning at Pinecrest Friday. Malcolm, a Byrd Elementary School student, has been at the center for abour four weeks and is doing well, McBurnett said. She also appreciated hearing...
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Chicago Public Schools Could Be Sued For Lack of Black History in Schools

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February 20, 2013
Chicago Public Schools Could Be Sued For Lack of Black History in Schools

By Wendell Hutson, DNAinfo Reporter/Producer February 17, 2019     Phillip Hampton, chief community and family officer for Chicago Public Schools, said CPS is working to incorporate black history into its regular curriculum. (DNAinfo/Wendell Hutson) CHICAGO/CHATHAM — State Rep. Mary Flowers (D-Chicago) is urging a community group to file a lawsuit against Chicago Public Schools for not complying with...
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With New Effort, Denver Tackles School-to-Prison Pipeline

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February 20, 2013
With New Effort, Denver Tackles School-to-Prison Pipeline

By Nirvi Shah, Education Week, on February 19, 2013 7:09 AM | UPDATED The role of police in Denver public schools will change so that officers will actively work on issues civil rights groups and others say are responsible for a “school-to-prison pipeline.” Denver police and the 84,000-student school district today signed an agreement that says school resource officers must...
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