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States Ignore Social Competency for Students in ESSA Plans

According to a recent report by Education Week, states have largely ignored a critical mandate of the Every Student Succeeds Act that calls for schools to measure the social and emotional competencies of their students.

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United Negro College Fund/ Michael Jackson Scholarship

The Michael Jackson scholarship provides financial assistance to communication arts and social science students attending a UNCF college/university during the current academic year. Candidates must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. The scholarship will provide an award up to $5,000 …

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Study: More, and More Diverse, US College Students Voted in 2016

Students who belong to some demographic groups with historically low turnout rates showed some of the biggest increases: younger students, Hispanic students and Asian students.

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Dr. Aminta Hawkins Breaux Makes History as BSU’s First Female President

Partnerships are going to be extremely important. We want to reach out to our business leaders and the rest of our community and help them see the value …

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New Center for American Progress Report: Path Forward to Increase Teacher Diversity

Developing proven and rigorous standards to increase selectivity within the teacher workforce and keeping the U.S. workforce competitive on an international scale does not—and should not—need to come at the cost of diversity …

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History Repeating Itself: Fighting for School Integration in 2017

Since 2013, the mostly-white Birmingham suburb of Gardendale, Alabama, has been trying to break away from the larger Jefferson County public school district, where black students outnumber white ones by several thousand.

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Michelle Obama Joins Voter Registration Drive for the Midterms

The Obamas have been relatively quiet since departing the White House in early 2017, but that is likely to change. The former president  and the former first lady’s launch of “When We All Vote” is likely to be only the first of several post White House efforts they will participate in.

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Citizenship Through the Eyes of Those Who Have Lost the Right to Vote

Restricting ex-felons from voting really says that, if you have committed a crime in the U.S., you can never be a full citizen again, even after serving punishment. That message suggests that they are always second- or third-class citizens.

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Smith College Incident Is Latest Case of Racial ‘Profiling by Proxy’

This incident did not happen in isolation. It is just the latest in a string of cases referred to as profiling by proxy – instances where police are summoned to a situation by a biased caller. We make this observation as researchers with a keen interest in how race comes into play during day-to-day interactions

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Ida B. Wells: How Grassroots Support and Social Media Made a Monumental Difference in Honoring Her Legacy

Growing up in the Windy City, I met people who had never heard of Wells, only recognized her name from a housing project that bore her name; or confused her with someone they thought invented the hot comb.

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Celebrations as Baltimore Set to Become First Major American City to Outlaw Water Privatization

Human rights advocates and union workers are celebrating as Baltimore is poised to become the first major American city to amend its charter to bar privatization of the public water system.

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New Scorecard Shows Only 12 House Democrats Have Fully Embraced Game-Changing Progressive Agenda

“To build an equal and just society in which every person can live a healthy life, Members of Congress must support bold progressive policies that address the public health and environmental crises that are ripping our country apart,” the groups declared.

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Career & Education

‘Drive2Greatness’ Ford Empowers HBCU Students to Pursue STEAM Careers

During the 2017 homecoming festivities that are now occurring on HBCU campuses across the nation, I believe it is also important to salute and recognize the companies that financially contribute to the success of HBCUs.

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Public Schools Are More Segregated than They Were 40 Years Ago

After all those factors lead to a dip in school performance, students and their communities are stigmatized as “failing.” Schools close. Quality of life drops; economic prospects dwindle; public safety decreases …

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Georgia Develops ESSA Plan to Close Achievement Gap

Georgia is making every effort to ensure that students have a better chance of performing at proficient or advanced levels on all state exams. The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) prioritizes narrowing the achievement gap.

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Policy Experts Discuss Educating Black Students in the New Jim Crow Era

We have to let the kids know that the world is waiting for them, they’re up next and we have to change their mindset that the world views them as disposable.

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Ford Motor Company Empowers African Americans in STEAM Careers at HBCUs

Ford recently launched “Drive2Greatness” initiative to support science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics (STEAM) programs at HBCUs. STEAM careers are vital and in high demand in today’s global economy.

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The Enduring Power of Print for Learning in a Digital World

Given this trend, teachers, students, parents and policymakers might assume that students’ familiarity and preference for technology translates into better learning outcomes. But we’ve found that’s not necessarily true.

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Race for Results: Building a Path to Opportunity for All Children

The report ranked states in a Race for Results Index and awarded them composite scores for how well children of different ethnic groups do, based on a scale of one to 1,000.

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National Leadership Program for Young Leaders

Fellows also will work with our on-site job coach, strengthening skills in advocacy and leadership as well as hands-on training in public speaking, writing, social media and networking.

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HBCU Tech Summit Inspires African-American Millennials to Pursue Entrepreneurship and High-Tech

The HBCU Tech Summit is assembling a work group, committed to a year round approach to supporting empowering and enabling HBCU students.

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States Ignore Social Competency for Students in ESSA Plans

According to a recent report by Education Week, states have largely ignored a critical mandate of the Every Student Succeeds Act that calls for schools to measure the social and emotional competencies of their students.

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