6. August 2013
Schools around the country are under the highest alert they’ve ever seen because of the numerous tragic shootings that have occurred on every campus from elementary to college campuses.
But now, there are some schools that have thrown caution to the wind and have allowed their ROTC programs to house firing ranges…inside schools. Atlanta is getting a new high school this year and the school will house an indoor firing range, according to WSBTV Channel 2. (more…)
6. August 2013
When we saw John Singleton’s “Rosewood”, for a lot of us, it was the first time the nation was privy to the information that there were free African Americans at the turn of the century, who had an organized, wealthy community that flourished.
Now Baltimore, Maryland’s Morgan State University in association with University of Maryland College Park are researching an area of the Eastern Shore that is historically rich with African-American history, in an effort to find a society the researchers believe pre-dates New Orleans’ Treme neighborhood, which is presently recorded as the oldest free African American community, according to Madame Noire. (more…)
28. June 2013
The college experience is becoming big banking business and those students entering college in the fall will get the raw end of the deal in pursuit of their education.
On Monday, July 1, the government is set to double the interest rates on subsidized Stafford loans from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent as the chairman of the Senate education panel, Sen. Tom Harkin’s petitions for lawmakers to “put this off for a year” fell on deaf ears. But it is possible that Harkin and his colleagues could “retroactively restore” the current interest rate after the fourth of July, according to ABC. (more…)
21. June 2013
There are little black girls all over the world growing up in poverty, exposed to discrimination, and their vision of the world is quite parochial and dull. But, with the help of special teachers that sacrifice to inspire their students, there is at least one mind changed every day.
Rob Robinson is a fifth grade special education teacher at Brooklyn’s PS 28, where 80 percent of the student body comes from a low income family and qualify for free lunch. One day, Robinson overheard some girls in his class talking about the “American Girl” doll collection–which he knew nothing about–and how there was an American Girl store on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan that one of the girls explained in their conversation, “I know about this place. Only white girls can go there.” (more…)
21. June 2013
The schools across America are either having budget problems or someone is mismanaging the heck out of the resources because we’ve already reported that the teachers are having to put money in the pot, but now the students?
Believe it or not, Michelle Obama’s alma mater, Chicago’s Whitney Young Magnet High School, may be forced to charge students $500 for a 7th period class if they want to take more than the required six classes. The extreme measures were announced by the school’s principal Joyce Kenner on Thursday in a letter to parents, teachers and faculty to make up the just over $1 million in budget cuts the school is facing, according to the Huffington Post. (more…)
21. June 2013
The students across the nation are seeking resources of any kind to help get them through the average school day. Too many schools report that their teachers are footing the bill for basic supplies in their classrooms.
But now Apple Inc. has won a $30 million contract that will “pave the way” for the company to provide all the students in the Los Angeles Unified School District with an iPad, according to the L.A. Times. The school board voted 6 to 0 to “authorize the purchase of the devices.” (more…)
20. June 2013
The natural hair revolution that is jumping off across the nation is helping African American women feel much more confident about their locs, but also creating more curiosity about the hair unique to the African people of color.
In an effort to open up the conversation on black hair and ease the mystery of the unique coils, curls, and waves, specific to African American hair, Un’Ruly founder Antonia Opiah sponsored a 2-day “interactive public art exhibit” event in New York City that encouraged strangers to walk up and touch various African American models hair, according to The Grio. Sounds strange, right? As one commenter called it, the event turned the models into virtual “petting-zoo animals.” (more…)
10. June 2013
The Historically Black Colleges and/or Universities have been a valuable source of education for African American young people as well as many others. But it appears that the mecca of the HBCU’s is facing a devastating financial downfall that’s sending ripples through the academic community.
Howard University has long been called the “mecca” of the HBCU’s, but the destabilization of the university reported by Renee Higginbotham-Brooks, vice chairwoman of Howard’s board of trustees, to the Chronicle of Higher Education stated that the university is in “genuine trouble” if something isn’t done to reverse the financial precipice they are teetering on. (more…)