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Overcoming Prejudice to Create Freedom in WWII Defying Discrimination, One Military Unit Brought About Liberty

Written by Featured Organization on Monday, 22 December 2014 16:48.

LOS ANGELES – During World War II one division of the military was forced to fight not only the Nazi regime, but also prejudice within the American military and at home. Combat team 370 was part of the 92nd infantry division; the only all-negro division tasked with missions their superior officers thought they couldn’t handle. Ivan J. Houston was a member of this division, now sharing the struggles and triumphs of this powerful unit in “Black Soldiers: The Buffalo Soldiers of World War II.” “Buffalo soldiers was the name given to the Negro cavalry of the U.S. army by Native Americans in the 1800s,” Houston said. “These units were originally seen as inferior, but made an undeniable impact on American history. That’s exactly what happened with us while we were in Italy between 1944 and 1945.”

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Low-income Students in Summer Learning Programs Get Advantage in Math

Written by Featured Organization on Monday, 22 December 2014 16:45.

Students attending voluntary, school district-led summer learning programs entered school in the fall with stronger mathematics skills than their peers who did not attend the programs, according to a new RAND Corporation study. While students who attended summer learning programs performed better in math, they did not experience near-term benefits in reading or see significant improvement in social and emotional outcomes compared to their peers. However, the study identified key factors linked to reading achievement.

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Recycling Failed Education Policies

Written by Julianne Malveaux, NNPA Columnist on Tuesday, 02 December 2014 13:49.

Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander will likely become chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. Though he has yet to be elected by his Republican peers, he has given several interviews that indicate how he would change the way educational services are delivered in our country. For all his bluster, though, his approach is essentially to privatize and push states rights.

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Verbal Abuse in the Workplace: Are Men or Women Most at Risk?

Written by Featured Organization on Monday, 24 November 2014 16:58.

There is no significant difference in the prevalence of verbal abuse in the workplace between men and women, according to a systematic review of the literature conducted by researchers at the Institut universitaire de santé mentale de Montréal and the University of Montreal. Verbal abuse is the most common form of workplace violence. It can lead to many consequences, particularly at the psychological and organizational levels. Several studies underline the importance of taking into account sociodemographic variables such as victims' sex to better understand the phenomenon. However, the results are often contradictory and offer no conclusions as to the greater prevalence of verbal abuse in one gender or the other.

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Court Rules Michigan Has No Responsibility to Provide Quality Public Education

Written by Featured Organization on Monday, 24 November 2014 16:46.

DETROIT — In a blow to schoolchildren statewide, the Michigan Court of Appeals ruled on Nov. 7 the State of Michigan has no legal obligation to provide a quality public education to students in the struggling Highland Park School District. A 2-1 decision reversed an earlier circuit court ruling that there is a “broad compelling state interest in the provision of an education to all children.” The appellate court said the state has no constitutional requirement to ensure schoolchildren actually learn fundamental skills such as reading — but rather is obligated only to establish and finance a public education system, regardless of quality. Waving off decades of historic judicial impact on educational reform, the majority opinion also contends that “judges are not equipped to decide educational policy.”

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School Environment Affects Teacher Expectations

Written by Featured Organization on Tuesday, 11 November 2014 14:06.

The school environment in which teachers work is related to their expectations of students, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Montreal. "It is known that low teacher expectations are negatively associated with student achievement and school effectiveness. While we know that expectations are primarily determined by the specific characteristics of teachers, we have shown that the school environment also plays a determining role," says lead author of the study, Marie-Christine Brault, a post-doctoral researcher at the university’s Institut de recherche en santé publique de l'Université de Montréal (IRSPUM).