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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. […]

B-CU, Smithsonian partnership to provide national exposure for students, university

B-CU, Smithsonian partnership to provide national exposure for students, university

BY ASHLEY D. THOMAS DAYTONA TIMES Bethune-Cookman University has formed a partnership with the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) that will offer opportunities for students and include exhibits featuring Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune. The partnership provides a stipend for a student to work at the B-CU Mary McLeod Bethune […]

How do you help a baby learn? Word by word

How do you help a baby learn? Word by word

BY SARA NEUFELD THE HECHINGER REPORT (TNS) On the third-floor hospital maternity ward at the University of Chicago Medical Center, Bionka Burkhalter had just given birth to her first child, a 7-pound, 4-ounce boy named Josiah. There was a knock on the door, and two women asked to give a presentation on how to build […]

New student exchange program launched between China and HBCUs

New student exchange program launched between China and HBCUs

BY FREDDIE ALLEN NNPA NEWS SERVICE WASHINGTON– In an effort to develop the next generation of global leaders, the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, joined, Perfect World, the China Education Association for International Exchange (CEAIE) and domestic groups focused on building ties between the United States and China to embark on a new student exchange program. […]

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