National

D.C. Chess Club Changes Lives

By Sam P.K. Collins Special to the NNPA News Wire from AllEyesOnDC.com For young, Black men living in Washington, D.C., the game of chess provides an opportunity to develop critical thinking skills that prove essential in avoiding common pitfalls. It also allows them to revel Read More

Politics

Arne Duncan’s Wars

(Politico) – Education Secretary Arne Duncan is a mild-mannered, even-tempered, introverted kind of guy, but he’s spent much of his six and a half years in Washington in combat. He’s fought with school choice activists, student debt activists, gun activists, for-profit colleges, black colleges, traditional Read More

National

No Bullets, No Books

For more than a century, descendants of enslaved Africans could be punished or put to death for learning to read or arming themselves. The strategy: Keep Black America ‘dumb’ and defenseless. By Karsceal Turner Special to the NNPA from The Florida Courier From the beginning, Read More

Technology

Technology in Education: Research

by Johnny Taylor, MIT, MBA Special to the NNPA from the Houston Forward Times Over the last group of weeks we have been covering Technology in Education which included insights into Education Technology Infrastructure, Research and E-Learning. This week we will conclude the series with Read More

Op-Ed

Civic Lessons and Civil Rights

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist   Sam Cooke’s early 1960s pop tune, “Don’t Know Much About History,” was a big hit on the charts. Unfortunately, the gospel and soul star’s lyrics also expressed a reality that still haunts American society. Just Google the phrase Read More

Op-Ed

The Education of Dr. King

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist   As he labored for social, civil and economic justice, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was extremely concerned both about the educational inequities that were a function of segregation, and about the purpose and quality of education. As early as Read More

No Picture
Op-Ed

Back to School, Back to Basics

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist Between early August and late September, students are going back to school. Before they go to school, though, they and their parents will hit the malls and stationary stores to prepare for their return. Retailers say that students and their Read More

Politics

Obama Administration to Grade Teacher Training

  By Jazelle Hunt NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Teachers have always graded students. The Obama administration feels the time has come for someone to grade teachers. Teacher training programs—from colleges and universities, to for-profit certification courses and non-profit preparatory programs—have few, if any, Read More

National

New Rules for For-Profit Schools

[Time] Loan payments for some 8,000 programs, designed to propel students straight into careers but often landing them in worse debt than high school dropouts, will be capped at a percentage of their total income. The Obama Administration is taking aim at institutions designed to Read More

Op-Ed

It’s all about the Money

By Harry C. Alford NNPA Columnist   Our past was certainly all about the money.  As soon as the Europeans discovered the Americas and determined that Native Americans weren’t going to submit to slavery, they went to Africa for their slaves.  The first slave ship Read More

No Picture
Op-Ed

My New Year Wishes

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist   Happy New Year!  January first and second are the days when most think of the “new” year, yet with the first Monday in January falling on January 6, that’s probably when most people will return to their desks withy Read More

Op-Ed

Black Voters Are Now Up for Grabs

By Raynard Jackson NNPA Columnist   I had an extensive conversation last week with a prominent Republican political operative about next year’s congressional elections.  This operative is one of the godfathers of Republican politics and has played at the highest level for more than 30 Read More

National

Having Access to Excellent Teachers is Civil Right

By Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – A new study suggests that access to “excellent teachers” should be a civil right and that students should be able to “take legal action” to get better results. The Center for American Progress, a nonpartisan Washington Read More

National

Chicago Public Schools Wants More Charter Schools

By Wendell Hutson Special to the NNPA from the Chicago Crusader After initially saying its long-term plans were not to replace neighborhood schools with charter schools, this month Chicago Public Schools posted an Request for Proposals on its website for more charter operators. This follows Read More

National

Blacks Attend Underfunded ‘Racially Separate’ Colleges

By Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Despite high test scores and access to higher education, Black students often attend poorly-funded colleges and receive certificates instead of earning degrees, according to a recent report. The report titled “Separate and Unequal,” by the Georgetown Read More

National

The Crisis of Black Males is a National Problem

David Banks, president of the Eagle Academy Foundation based in New York City, N.Y. (Freddie Allen/NNPA News Wire) by Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – The failure to invest in Black males threatens America’s real-world economic future and national security, experts say. “We Read More

Politics

Mayor Kevin Johnson Warns of ‘Crisis’ in Education

Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson by George E. Curry NNPA Editor-in-Chief NASHVILLE (NNPA) – The education of Blacks has reached a state of crisis that demands a strong response from all African-Americans, Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson told members of the National Newspaper Publishers Association at its Read More

Op-Ed

“No’ to 2 Moms and 2 Dads

By Raynard Jackson NNPA Columnist   Lately, I have been stressing the importance of preserving the sanctity of the traditional family–mother, father, and children.  There is not one example throughout the history of the world of a society prospering without an intact family unit.  Susie Read More

No Picture
Op-Ed

Take a Recess from Closing Public Schools

By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist   Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett has announced plans to close at least 50 schools as a cost-cutting measure. But before any other urban school system follows suit, it should take an extended recess and reflect on what Read More

No Picture
Op-Ed

Placing Athletics Above Academics

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist   Why does sports play such a prominent role in college education?  Does it crowd out the attention we pay to other aspects of college life?  Why are student athletes treated like slaves or gladiators, playing to pay colleges for Read More

Op-Ed

Class of 2013: Courage, Choice and Compassion.

By Marc H. Morial NNPA Columnist   “Raise your eyes now, and look from the place where you are…for all the land that you see I will give to you.” Genesis 13: 14-15 University commencement season is a time of high hopes and great celebration. I Read More

No Picture
Op-Ed

Learning to Teach Students How to Learn

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist   African American students achieve at a different level than White students.  Test scores are lower, as are high school and college completion rates, and the number of African Americans attending four-year institutions is falling. The rate of African American suspensions and Read More

National

Diversity Increases Among Students, but Not Teachers

by Maya Rhodan NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – As the pool of students in American schools grows more diverse, those studying to be teachers remain mostly White. According to a new report by the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, a national organization Read More

National

Education Chief: Schools Failing Black Students

by George E. Curry NNPA Editor-in-Chief WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Instead of being the traditional ticket to success, many of our nation’s troubled schools hinder opportunity for upward mobility, especially for students of color, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan told Black publishers in a private meeting Read More

Press Room

Fighting Injustice from the Classroom

Fighting Injustice from the Classroom Omari Todd Senior Vice President for Regional Operations, Teach For America As we enter Black History Month, I can’t help but think of my childhood growing up in Birmingham, Alabama. In the city where Dr. King penned his famous Letter Read More

Press Room

Wells Fargo Donates $3 Million to UNCF, Investing in America’s Future Leaders

Louis Barbash UNCF 202-810-0225 Louis.Barbash@UNCF.org Press Release Wells Fargo Donates $3 Million to UNCF, Investing in America’s Future Leaders Donation extends commitment to help students graduate   WASHINGTON, DC (January 10, 2013) – UNCF (United Negro College Fund), the nation’s largest and most effective minority Read More

Op-Ed

CHILD WATCH: New Year’s Resolutions

By Marian Wright Edelman NNPA Columnist   As New Year’s Eve countdowns wound down, many people turned to the familiar ritual of taking stock of where they are now to make resolutions for what they can do better in the new year. We all measure Read More

Op-Ed

Our Children Deserve Better

By Benjamin Todd Jealous NNPA Guest Columnist Every generation believes their children deserve to be better off than they were. This belief inspired the first slave rebellion in 1663, when a new law dictated that children of African slaves would not be able to rise Read More