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Angel Baked Cookies, where the secret recipe is prayer, is an after-school program in North St. Louis that creates job opportunities for inner-city teenagers through baking and selling cookies. Teenagers in the area are provided with an opportunity to work in the kitchen basement of Saints Teresa and Bridget Catholic Church.  Father Gary Meier, the founder of Angel Baked Cookies, believes the program supplies more than a working opportunity.

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If algebra is the “gatekeeper” course that determines whether students will have access to higher education then thousands of African American and other underserved high school students are facing a locked gate with no key. U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights data show schools serving mostly African-American students are twice as likely to have inexperienced teachers as are schools serving mostly whites in the same district.

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ATLANTA – If the United States is going to regain its global leadership position in higher education, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) will need to play a major role, says a White House official on education. Just how the nation's predominately Black institutions will participate in that objective was the main topic at a recent Southern Education Fund conference of HBCU presidents, held in Atlanta.

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LOS ANGELES—Krystal Murphy received her first cellphone at age 13 and she used it solely to keep her parents in the loop about her activities. Four years later, her use of the phone has changed dramatically. Now 17, she relies on it to text friends, surf the Internet and send messages on Twitter.

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