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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Obama’s ‘Brother’s Keeper’ Program Picking Up Schools, Gaining Steam

Education News – Kristin Decarr

“President Barack Obama began a five-year, $200 million initiative known as My Brother’s Keeper in February, which was slated to help black and Latino youth. This week he announced that 60 school districts would be joining the effort.” (more)

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Viewing every black student as at-risk: Are we pathologizing children rather than helping them?

The Atlanta Journal Constitution – Maureen Downey

“Smagorinsky says data collection is an example of the expected bureaucratic time-wasting built into organizational life. But he says the new wave of data gathering required of teachers is more than simply irritating and frustrating. It requires teachers judge which students are at risk for school failure based on broad demographic data that essentially leave only one large group label free — white middle-class kids.” (more)

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Colleges Work to Engage Women, Minorities in STEM Fields

U.S. News – Delece Smith-Barrow

“In June, the Association of American Colleges and Universities announced 20 schools were ​selected ​to participate in Teaching to Increase Diversity and Equity in STEM, ​ also known as TIDES. The new initiative aims to help faculty learn how to better engage women and underrepresented minorities, such as African-Americans​ or Hispanics, in STEM, as well as create curriculums​ that are more inclusive for these students. The program’s primary focus is to ​foster change for students interested in computer science.” (more)

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Education called civil rights issue of today

The Clarion-Ledger – Kayleigh Skinner

“Freedom Summer organizer Bob Moses came to Mississippi 50 years ago, leading the historic voter registration drive for blacks. On Thursday, the civil rights icon was back with a new passion: improving education.” (more)

Sunday, June 8, 2014

U.S. graduation average improves, but with wide racial disparities

The Seattle Times – Claudia Rowe

“As high schools graduate students across the region this spring, parents may be wondering how Washington stacks up against other states. A handy interactive map published by Education Week shows six years of graduation rates, state-by-state, ending with the Class of 2012.”(more)

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Is The Deck Stacked Against Black Boys In America?

NPR – Juana Summers

“The numbers are grim. Black boys are more likely than white boys to live in poverty, and with a single parent. They’re also more likely to be suspended from school and land in prison, and less likely to be able to read.”(more)

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Severe punishments for minority students see little change

The Denver Post – Zahria Torres

“Brandon Vigil was charged with vandalism for writing on a bathroom wall in fifth grade, a childhood mistake he said will haunt him as he plans for college and prepares for a career as a police officer.”(more)

Saturday, May 17, 2014

US schools largely re-segregated 60 years after Brown v. Board of Education (+video)

The Christian Science Monitor – Stacy Teicher Khadaroo

“Many black and Latino students are still concentrated in racially isolated schools with high concentrations of low-income students, limiting their opportunities and achievement, a new report says.”(more)

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Education goals are getting resegregated: Column

USA Today – James Bovard

“Only 7% of black high school seniors are proficient in math, compared with 33% of white students, according to the National Assessment of Educational Progress scores released Wednesday. The reading gap is larger.”(more)

Monday, May 5, 2014

How To Give Low-Income Students A Leg Up: Building Bridges Between Higher Ed And Lower Ed

Forbes – Staff Writer

“By age 24, only 9% of students in our nation’s bottom income quartile earn a bachelor’s degree, compared to 75% of their peers in the top quarter. Similarly, African American students are earning degrees at half the rate of white students; Latino students earn at one-third the rate. How can we reconcile such glaring disparities?.”(more)