Category Archives: Education

Obama: Let schools use race in admissions

President Barack Obama says colleges and universities should be able to offer racial preferences in college admissions if they do it in a “careful way.” In an interview published Monday with the New Yorker magazine, the president said schools should be allowed to use racial preferences in admissions. “If the University of Michigan or California [...]

Local Civil Rights Leader: Next LA Schools Chief Must Be African-American ‘Student Sensitive’

Southland civil rights leaders were expected to urge Los Angeles school board officials to appoint a new superintendent that will be “sensitive” to the needs of African-American students. Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable President Earl Ofari Hutchinson was scheduled to host a roundtable discussion about what he described as “chronic low test scores and drop-out [...]

A Clarion Call to Black Higher Education

President Obama’s goal for America to have the world’s most educated citizenry by the year 2020 provides a clarion call to improve outcomes at the nation’s 105 historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). To meet this challenge, and in recognition of the remarkable role of HBCUs in educating African Americans over the past 160 years, [...]

Praise for New Rules on Racial Disparities in Schools

Civil rights advocates praised the updated guidelines for addressing racial disparities in American public schools recently issued by the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) at the Department of Education and recommended additional measures to close the Black-White achievement gap. “The Department’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) enforces Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of [...]

Why Des Moines Can Be a Model for Urban Schools

Parju Rai finishes her quiz on integers with ease, putting her pencil down as Amelia Mieth, an eighth-grade teacher, calls time. Rai and her family arrived in the United States just two months ago from a refugee camp in eastern Nepal. But you wouldn’t know it from her comfort level in the class. She doesn’t [...]

Florida Memorial and other historically black colleges look to future

The first woman and the 13th president of Florida Memorial University, Roslyn Clark Artis, earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science at West Virginia State University. Both schools, Florida Memorial, a private institution now located in Miami Gardens, and West Virginia State, a public institution located in Institute, W.Va., are designated by the U.S. Department [...]

On HBCUs, White House Moves From Disregard to Dismantling

Not so long ago, historically Black colleges and universities were just a thorn in the side of the Obama Administration. We will soon long for those days, because signs of the administrative shift from disregard to attempts at dismantling HBCUs, are growing in frequency and impact seemingly every year. The Department of Education last week [...]