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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Education gap is an ‘urgent’ civil rights issue: George W. Bush

Reuters – Karen Brooks

“Inequality in the U.S. education system favors white children over minorities, the poor and the disabled, making it “one of the most urgent civil rights issues of our time,” former President George W. Bush said on Thursday.”(more)

Minority Students Don’t Only Get Less Experienced Teachers, They Also Get Less Effective Ones

The Huffington Post – Rebecca Klein

“It’s already known that low-income students of color generally have less experienced teachers, but a new study from the Center for American Progress reveals they have less effective teachers, too.”(more)

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Bringing Low-Income Students Into STEM Education

Forbes – Daniel R. Porterfield, Ph.D.

“Today, America’s global leadership is threatened because too few U.S. high-school students achieve at high levels in math and science and pursue STEM degrees or careers — especially lower-income women and minorities, who overwhelmingly represent the future demographic growth of the country. We need to reverse that trend if we are to pursue vital national priorities…”(more)

Friday, March 21, 2014

Racial gap in discipline found in preschool, US data show

The Christian Science Monitor – Stacy Teicher Khadaroo

“Amid growing concern about inequities in school discipline, data show that black children – 18 percent of total preschool enrollment in 2011-2012 – made up 48 percent of those suspended more than once.”(more)

Friday, March 7, 2014

Women of color nurture minority girls’ interest in STEM

Long Island Newsday – Denise M. Bonilla

“Despite decades of advancement in various careers, women represent only a small fraction of those in STEM fields, and women of color an even smaller fraction. Amid a growing national effort to bring more women and minorities into STEM careers, Jackson and several other women of color on Long Island are taking it upon themselves to educate and mentor young girls of color to pursue these subjects.”(more)

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Newswire : STEM Education Gap threatens American economic success

The Green County Democrat – Jazelle Hunt

“At a time when 6.7 percent unemployment (or, 11.9 percent among African Americans) is an improvement, the STEM sector still has more available jobs than qualified American professionals. And according to a study released last week, the United States’ will halt its economic success unless the racial gap in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education is addressed.”(more)

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Magic Johnson challenges minority youths at college bound lunch in Tampa

The Tampa Bay Times – Eric Vician

“Johnson visited Tampa on Thursday with a message of academic success and business acclaim geared toward black and Latino young males.”(more)

Saturday, February 8, 2014

White students get better teachers in L.A., researcher testifies

The L.A. Times – Howard Blume

“Black and Latino students are more likely to get ineffective teachers in Los Angeles schools than white and Asian students, according to a new study by a Harvard researcher. The findings were released this week during a trial challenging the way California handles the dismissal, lay off and tenure process for teachers.”(more)

Sunday, January 19, 2014

AP Computer Science Exam Data Point To Continuing Gap in STEM Education for Latinos, Other Minorities

The Latin Post – Robert Schoon

“A new study shows that Latinos and other minorities still lag behind in preparation for continuing education in subjects leading to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers. The study found that Latinos, females, and African Americans remain underrepresented in Advanced Placement (AP) exams for computer science.”(more)

Sunday, January 5, 2014

STEM initiative introduces high-tech careers to minority students

Philly.com – Solomon Leach

“Ball said the spark came from the Pennsylvania Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA), a division of MESA USA, which was founded in 1970 and has helped millions of low-income students go on to careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) through challenging courses, mentors and training.”(more)