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Summer School Cancellation Stirs Deep Concern in South L.A.

Written by By Leiloni De Gruy, Special from the Los Angeles WAVE on Friday, 12 June 2009 14:47.

LOS ANGELES (NNPA) - More than 225,000 Los Angeles Unified School District families with elementary and middle school students will be forced to find alternatives to summer school this year, following an announcement that the session would be canceled due to declining revenues and the state budget deficit. The move, which is expected to save LAUSD roughly $34 million, will result in the district offering summer school and intersession at a reduced number of high schools, and solely for credit recovery — meaning only an estimated 74,000 students who need the courses to meet graduation requirements are eligible.
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Low Income Chicago Children Facing Barriers to Pre-School

Written by By La Risa Lynch, Special from the Chicago Crusader on Friday, 12 June 2009 14:46.

CHICAGO (NNPA) - Three years after former Gov. Rod Blagojevich launched a bold initiative to provide universal pre-school for all 3-and 4-year-olds, a new report shows that children in low-to-moderate income communities are still falling through the cracks. In 2006, Blagojevich created the Preschool for All program that aimed to expand the number of pre-school slots, especially for economically disadvantage toddlers. But a report, called “Why isn’t Johnny in preschool” found that between 40 to 64 percent of preschool-aged children were not enrolled in any structured preschool or Head Start programs.
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To the Rescue: National Urban League Bringing Empowerment Fair to Dallas

Written by By Gordon Jackson on Friday, 05 June 2009 14:36.

DALLAS (NNPA) - They don’t pretend to be superheroes. Yet the National Urban League, in conjunction with the Urban League of Greater Dallas and North Central Texas, are determined to come to the rescue for possibly thousands of North Texas residents that have been disproportionately slammed to the ground from the evils of the nation’s economic crisis and severe recession. The Urban League’s super weapon is The Economic Empowerment and Restore Our Homes “Rescue Fair”. It is set for this Saturday June 13, at the Dallas Convention Center, with hopes of helping put a dent into the high rate of unemployment, home foreclosures and health disparities effecting North Texas’ urban communities.
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Parental Separation Anxiety: Tips on How to Cope with Sending a Child Off to College

Written by Featured Organization on Friday, 29 May 2009 14:45.

While some fathers and mothers fear the experience of sending their child off to college will be a traumatic one, it doesn’t have to be, said Mark Thompson, director of Colgate University’s Counseling & Psychological Services and father of a current college student. “There are definitely healthy ways for today’s involved parents to stay connected with their sons and daughters, and maintain their distance — and sanity — at the same time,” he said.
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Study to Examine What Makes Kids Thrive Or Struggle

Written by Dalhousie University on Friday, 29 May 2009 14:43.

“What we want to understand is what makes the difference in kids’ lives,” says Michael Ungar, the Dalhousie professor who leads an international team of resilience researchers. “How do we get them the right services so it’s going to make a difference?” Labels were starting to be affixed to 14-year-old Jesse; the Grade 8 student known to play with a switchblade was known as “dangerous” by younger kids in his neighborhood, and as “disruptive” by his teachers, when he made it to school at all.

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“Race Overwhelms Everything:” PhD Grad Studies Impact of Black Sororities

Written by Indiana State University on Friday, 08 May 2009 14:40.

Rosiline Floyd knows about overcoming challenges in her life, and she learned about other women doing the same. Floyd graduates May 9 with her doctorate from Indiana State University and in her research she concentrated on others who are also overcoming challenges. In a small sampling of students at three universities, she found black women encounter racism on predominantly white campuses but that belonging to a black sorority, formally known as a women's fraternal organization, helped them to stay in college and achieve their goals.
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Teach Your Children Well: Focused, Happier Kids Grow Up to be Healthier Adults

Written by American Psychological Association (APA) on Friday, 08 May 2009 14:35.

National Collaborative Perinatal ProjectChildren who can stay focused and don’t sweat the small stuff have a better shot at good health in adulthood -- and this is especially true for girls, according to a new study. “Certain characteristics already evident early in life are likely to spark positive or negative emotions, and also influence biological and behavioral responses to stress,” said lead author Laura D. Kubzansky, PhD, of the Harvard School of Public Health.
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Finding a Stereotype That Is True: Mexicans More Sociable than Americans

Written by University of Washington on Friday, 01 May 2009 15:44.

Stereotypes often paint a partial or false picture of an individual or group. But now researchers have found evidence that supports a stereotype held by many in the United States – that Mexicans are more outgoing, talkative, sociable and extroverted. The finding also contradicts the way many Mexicans view themselves as being less extroverted than Americans. 
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Racial Discrimination And Excessive Force

Written by Featured Organization on Friday, 17 April 2009 15:29.

Incident On School Bus Exemplifies Dangers Of Using Police In Schools

Southaven, Mississippi Police Sergeant Tomas Aguilar and Officer Lee HolidaySOUTHAVEN, Miss. (ACLU) – In an egregious example of excessive and unwarranted use of force by police against students in a school setting,  responded to an argument between three students on the bus by arresting a half-dozen black students, choking and tackling a black female student and threatening to shoot the 30 students on the bus between their eyes. The entire incident was captured on videotape by a surveillance camera on the front of the bus.