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Brown, Links tour B-CU with youth from Jacksonville

Brown, Links tour B-CU with youth from Jacksonville

BY ASHLEY D. THOMAS DAYTONA TIMES Bethune-Cookman University welcomed Congresswoman Corrine Brown, members of The Links, Inc., and 12 girls from Butler Middle School of Jacksonville to the university on Monday. Brown and members of her social organization, The Links (Jacksonville chapter) brought the girls to B-CU in an effort to stimulate more interest in […]

Volusia County teachers take a stand

Volusia County teachers take a stand

Educators refusing to work past their contracted hours BY ASHLEY D. THOMAS DAYTONA TIMES Volusia County teachers are showing their disapproval of unpaid work by beginning what is called “Work to the Contract.” Working to the contract refers to teachers in Volusia County only working the contract hours for which they are paid. According to […]

Westside students learning about different countries  during ‘Literacy Nights’

Westside students learning about different countries during ‘Literacy Nights’

Students at Westside Elementary continue their monthly “Literacy Nights,” aimed at helping to improve early literacy at the school. Each month students learn about a different country through reading, clothing, crafts and food. This month, students learned about Persia (Iran), which recently celebrated the Persian new year. Principal Judy Winch says the monthly event has […]

African-Americans finishing high school at record levels

African-Americans finishing high school at record levels

The completion rate for Blacks rose to 86 percent in 2013 BY JAZELLE HUNT NNPA NEWS SERVICE WASHINGTON  – After 30 years of little to no progress, Black youth are completing high school at the highest rates in history. This is the finding in a new issue brief titled, “Young Black America Part One: High […]

Oklahoma recruit decommits after SAE’s racist chant

Oklahoma recruit decommits after SAE’s racist chant

University of Oklahoma football recruit Jean Delance said he withdrew his commitment to coach Bob Stoops after seeing the video that showed SAE fraternity members at the school chanting racist remarks, reports ESPN. “Very uneducated people. I wouldn’t want my son or child to go there or to anywhere like that,” Delance told CBS 11 […]

Volusia schools embroiled in testing fiasco

Volusia schools embroiled in testing fiasco

Computer difficulties cause halt at districts around the state BY ASHLEY D. THOMAS DAYTONA TIMES Standardized testing was set to start across the state on Monday but computer difficulties forced a suspension of the tests in Volusia County. More than half of all districts in Florida faced those same problems. Nancy Wait, spokesperson for Volusia […]

Blacks bear brunt of school suspensions

Blacks bear brunt of school suspensions

Florida suspends its students more than any other state, both at the elementary and high school levels BY JAZELLE HUNT NNPA NEWS SERVICE WASHINGTON (NNPA) – According to a report released last week, 3.5 million K-12 public school students were suspended in the 2011-2012 school year – enough to fill every stadium seat in Super […]

Scientist wows kids with space talk

Scientist wows kids with space talk

BY ASHLEY D. THOMAS DAYTONA TIMES Mainland High School students got a lesson on science and space Monday that they likely won’t soon forget. Dr. Firouz Naderi, an Iranian-American scientist and director of Solar System Exploration at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California spoke to a group of about 200 students on the topics of […]

Plenty of complaints about Volusia schools

Plenty of complaints about Volusia schools

Teachers, support staff ask for higher pay, cleaner schools, less testing BY ASHLEY D. THOMAS DAYTONA TIMES Filthy classrooms, no soap or toilet tissue in bathrooms, roaches on the windowsills, long hours and that pesky pay issue were among the concerns brought by teachers to Tuesday’s meeting of the Volusia County School Board. Monitoring the […]

School Board superintendent resigns amid controversy

School Board superintendent resigns amid controversy

Dr. Margaret Smith takes early retirement ‘in classy manner’ BY ASHLEY D. THOMAS DAYTONA TIMES Volusia County’s School Board Superintendent Dr. Margaret Smith announced last week that an early retirement was on the horizon. By Tuesday night’s school board meeting, it was a done deal. Smith emailed top district administrators and school principals on Jan. […]

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