Category Archives: Education

The Economic Impact of School Discipline

Tiambrya Jenkins was just 14 years old when she got into a fistfight that would change the course of her educational trajectory. Following an after-school scuffle between Jenkins and a white classmate, the two girls–both freshmen at Rome High School in Georgia–were transferred to an alternative school as punishment. Her white classmate was allowed to [...]

Racial Disparities in Early Childhood Ed Hurts U.S.

Though the nation increasingly recognizes the importance of early childhood education, young African Americans and other children of color continue to trail their White counterparts on key measurements, according to a report by the Center for American Progress (CAP), an independent nonpartisan educational institute dedicated to improving the lives of Americans through progressive ideas and [...]

CBC and HBCU Leaders Hail New PLUS Loan Rules, Hundreds of Thousands of Students To Benefit

The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), together with the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (NAFEO), the United Negro College (UNCF), and the President’s Advisory Board on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) hail today’s release by the U.S. Department of Education of new eligibility rules for the federal Parent PLUS Loan program –which [...]

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 [...]