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One million steps toward learning

One million steps toward learning

Local leaders give students handshakes and words of encouragement on first day of school as part of the Million Father March BY PENNY DICKERSON DAYTONA TIMES The pitter pat of anxious feet marched forward with pride to shake the hands of leaders in the annual Million Father March, a national movement that provides an opportunity […]

Desegregation linked to closing achievement gap

Desegregation linked to closing achievement gap

BY JAZELLE HUNT NNPA NEWS SERVICE WASHINGTON — Year after year in measure after measure, Black, Latino, and Native American students trail their White peers in educational outcomes. These gaps were at their lowest in 1988, the same year public schools hit peak integration levels – and long-term data shows that this was no coincidence. […]

Daytona State offering ‘one-stop shop’ enrollment on Saturday

Daytona State offering ‘one-stop shop’ enrollment on Saturday

SPECIAL TO THE DAYTONA TIMES Time’s getting short to sign up for fall classes at Daytona State College (DSC). Students can “one-stop shop” at DSC’s Fall Enrollment Day on Saturday, Aug. 15, at the Daytona Beach Campus, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event makes it easy to complete everything from application to registration, […]

Black male enrollment declines in med schools

Black male enrollment declines in med schools

BY FREDDIE ALLEN NNPA NEWS SERVICE WASHINGTON –The number of Black males applying to medical school is lower than it was three decades ago, raising concerns about the United States’ future ability to have health-care providers be as diverse as the patients they serve, according to a new report by the Association of American Medical […]

High school graduation may require more than grades, test scores

High school graduation may require more than grades, test scores

BY BRENDA IASEVOLI THE HECHINGER REPORT/TNS Looking smart in a blue button-down shirt, Jorge Magana, 18, zipped through a PowerPoint presentation with the confidence of a Fortune 500 CEO. Seated in front Magana in a classroom at Los Angeles High School of the Arts was a panel of three judges: the school’s assistant principal, a […]

‘Reading, Rappin’ & Having Fun

‘Reading, Rappin’ & Having Fun

Hundreds of kids attend ‘Cornbread’ event at Midtown center BY DAYTONA TIMES STAFF There were squeals of delight and plenty of giggles the afternoon of July 31 at the Midtown Cultural and Educational Center as students were treated to a visit by the 6-foot character “Cornbread’’ and author Vincent Taylor, creator of the popular children’s […]

Backpacks and school supplies will be given out to local schoolkids starting Saturday

Backpacks and school supplies will be given out to local schoolkids starting Saturday

BY PENNY DICKERSON DAYTONA TIMES Free backpacks filled with school supplies will be given away to Daytona Beach residents during the eighth annual Mayor’s Backpack Giveaway. The back-to-school event will be held on three separate occasions and at multiple community locations. It kicks off Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at the Yvonne Scarlett-Golden Cultural […]

Even though Blacks borrow more for college, enrollment declines

Even though Blacks borrow more for college, enrollment declines

BY FREDDIE ALLEN NNPA NEWS SERVICE WASHINGTON – Recognizing that a college degree is one of the surest paths to a job and economic security, Black families are taking on more student loan debt than White and Hispanic families, according to a new report by Wells Fargo. According to the report, student loan debt increased […]

University offers free tuition to Charleston victim’s children

University offers free tuition to Charleston victim’s children

BY ZENITHA PRINCE SPECIAL TO THE NNPA The massacre of nine congregants in an African-American church in Charleston, S.C., by a self-proclaimed White supremacist has been marked by stories, not so much of hate, but of touching tales of forgiveness, graciousness and an outpouring of love. In another of those aspiring stories,  Southern Wesleyan University […]

How to prevent student ‘summer slide’

How to prevent student ‘summer slide’

BY JAZELLE HUNT NNPA NEWS SERVICE WASHINGTON – As students slip into their summer vacations, it’s up to families to make sure they don’t slip into academic amnesia. Usually, in what is called the “summer slide,’’ students forget up to six months of math and reading instruction when they’re not engaged in academic activities between […]

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