Category Archives: Education

The enlightening legacy of the Rosenwald schools

The tidy shingled schoolhouse, erected in 1927, sits back from Central Avenue in Capitol Heights, Md., nestled in a copse of trees. Originally consisting of two classrooms for seven grades, the building was officially shackled with the ignoble name of Colored School No. 1 in Election District 13, but it came to be known by… Read More »

Black Colleges Matter: And We Have the Data to Prove It

August 18 brought us yet another article claiming that Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) are doomed and will all be gone soon, save a few. This time the author is Alexander Nazaryan and the media outlet is Newsweek. Nazaryan’s article is in part a review of a new book by Ron Stodghill titled Where… Read More »

End the school-to-prison pipeline

A recent poll seems to imply that the general public does not understand, and maybe has never heard of, the school-to-prison pipeline. It is a national trend in which children – more often than not, minorities – are caught up by “zero-tolerance” public school policies that criminalize minor infractions of school rules. In the past,… Read More »

Study finds higher expulsion rates for black students in South

Black students are suspended and expelled at significantly higher rates than white children in 13 Southern states, according to a new analysis of federal data. During the 2011-2012 academic year, 1.2 million black students were suspended from public schools. More than half of those suspensions took place in the states covered by a new report… Read More »

Report: State-Run Districts Disenfranchise Blacks, Latinos

A new report from The Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools, a group including the nation’s two largest teachers’ unions, argues that state takeover of schools and school districts is “stripping political power” from black and Latino communities. The report traces the history of what the group calls “market-based intervention and reform,” from the state takeover… Read More »

Vanderbilt Study Shows Black Professors Are Expected to Entertain as Well as Educate

A new study by Vanderbilt University reveals that even in academia Black people are still struggling with stereotypes and discrimination. According to the Vanderbilt study, Black college professors were expected to be “entertaining,” while they were conducting seminars and academic research papers. The survey interviewed 33 Black faculty members at colleges across the country. “Interviews… Read More »

Desegregation linked to closing achievement gap

Year after year in measure after measure, black, Latino and Native American students trail their white peers in educational outcomes. These gaps were at their lowest in 1988, the same year public schools hit peak integration levels–and long-term data shows that this was no coincidence. “As long as we have schools and classrooms that have… Read More »

83 Students from 70 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) Named 2015 HBCU All-Stars

The White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (WHIHBCUs) today announced its 2015 HBCU All-Stars, recognizing 83 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students for their accomplishments in academics, leadership, and civic engagement. The All-Stars were selected from more than 450 students who submitted applications that included a transcript, resume, essay, and recommendation. Over the… Read More »