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Parents Deserve “Real” School Choice What Should Black Parents Do When the Feeder School System Fails?

 By Dr. Elizabeth V. Primas (Program Manager, NNPA/ESSA Public Awareness Campaign) I was recently approached by a father of a student from Ann Arundel County, Maryland that was disappointed that his son was unable to attend his neighborhood magnet school; his son met all the requirements to become classified as a magnet student. Upon inquiry, administrators informed the father that the feeder school system ...

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Lawmakers, Civil Rights Leaders Challenge DeVos on Student Loan Enforcement

By Charlene Crowell (Communications Director, Center for Responsible Lending) Civil rights leaders and Capitol Hill lawmakers are standing up and speaking out against a recent Department of Education (DOE) decision to sever its working relationship with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). In separate and independent actions, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and staff are being challenged and cor ...

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A school choice silver lining

By Natalia Castro Hurricane Harvey has left Houston’s citizens displaced, damaged, and in need of an opportunity to rebuild. Luckily, the destructive hurricanes of our country’s past have left a model for recovery that Texas is prepared to utilize. With hundreds of devastated schools, Houston must look to New Orleans for proof that school choice can provide students and parents with bright prospects followi ...

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Obama surprises students with visit to DC school

By JESSE J. HOLLAND Associated Press Former President Barack Obama shocked students at a Washington school Friday by popping in to give them encouragement at the beginning of the new year. ``I do believe that most of the problems we have are going to be solved by you,'' Obama told a group of students from McKinley Technology High School, according to an Instagram video posted on his account after his unanno ...

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Failing Charter Schools Have a Reincarnation Plan

Converting into private schools — and using voucher programs to thrive on the public dime. by Annie Waldman This past June, Florida’s top education agency delivered a failing grade to the Orange Park Performing Arts Academy in suburban Jacksonville for the second year in a row. It designated the charter school for kindergarten through fifth grade as the worst public school in Clay County, and one of the low ...

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Dr. Aminta Hawkins Breaux Makes History as BSU’s First Female President

By Lauren Poteat (NNPA Newswire Contributor) In her historic role as Bowie State University’s first female president, Dr. Aminta Hawkins Breaux said that she’s ready to lead the top 25 HBCU into the school’s next phase of growth and development. Following the celebrated legacy of Dr. Mickey L. Burnim, the former BSU president that served the institution for nearly 11 years, Breaux said that she is thrilled ...

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Eight-Year-Old Entrepreneur Writes Best Selling Book 

Most eight-years-olds are in the third grade, and many of them are still struggling to read and write. But eight-year-old Nia Mya Reese from Birmingham, Alabama has already written a best-selling book! Nia was just in the first grade when, as a class assignment, she wrote about something she was good at -- taking care of her annoying little brother, Ronald Michael. Within two years, Nia turned this assignme ...

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Ventura College and Bellevue University Establish Transfer Agreement

Ventura, Calif. – The Ventura County Community College District and Ventura College have established a transfer agreement with Bellevue University, a non-profit higher education institution with more than 50,000 graduates worldwide. The agreement grants Ventura College students, who meet the qualifying criteria, guaranteed admission into Bellevue University’s online bachelor’s degree programs. It also inclu ...

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Udderly Brilliant: Ag Students Win CME Group Scholarships at Illinois State Fair

(NewsUSA) - Illinois students prepare all year to participate in State Fair agriculture competitions -- whether they are showing an animal or competing in academic tests. Those same students were also competing for scholarships offered by CME Group, the world’s leading and most diverse derivatives marketplace. This year, CME Group granted scholarships totaling $60,000 to 4-H Livestock Skillathon winners and ...

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New Law Helps Put Kids From Low-Income and Middle Class Families on Path to Higher Learning

SACRAMENTO – Low- to moderate-income California families will get help saving for college thanks to legislation supported by State Treasurer John Chiang and signed by Gov. Jerry Brown. The Every Kid Counts Act, authored by Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), provides $3 million in funding to create the Every Kid Counts College Savings Matching Grant Program. Eligible participants of the program will ...

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