Inside Look

Black Male Educators Sound Alarm Regarding Lack of Diversity in P-12 Classrooms

A diverse and inclusive education workforce can play a critical role in ensuring that students receive a robust, quality educational experience. While students of color comprise more than half of P-12 classroom populations in the United States, overcoming the shortage of educators of color has been a decades-long dilemma for U.S. schools.1 The shortage is…

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Educator Spotlight: Donald Hense

By Curtis Valentine The African-American community’s fight for quality education requires constant dedication and reflection on successful strategies to educate our children. Donald Hense and the Friendship Charter Network is an example of success worthy of recognition. Hense is the founder and board chairman of the Friendship Charter Network, the largest African-American-led charter school network…

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Kids Count Report: S.C. 39th, Black Children Still Last

By Barney Blakeney The Annie E. Casey Foundation June 18 released its 30th edition KIDS COUNT Data Book. The Data Book ranks states in areas of child well-being. South Carolina ranked 39 among the 50 United States. And in South Carolina, African American children fared worse in nearly every category. The report that charts statistics as recent…

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Power:Ed launches – A New Education Initiative in South Carolina

Power:Ed, started by South Carolina Student Loan Corp (SCSLC) to fund education initiatives in South Carolina, formally launched June 17. Power:Ed Director Sara Fisher says that  grants will be awarded to nonprofits, colleges and organizations that help South Carolina students succeed in school, their careers and life. Power:Ed will focus on helping high school and college students…

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New In-Depth Analysis of High School Graduation Rates Reveals Progress is Real, But Slowing, Indicating Urgency to Double Down on Equity Gaps

The national high school graduation rate reached an all-time high of 84.6 percent in 2017, up from 79 percent in 2010 and 71 percent since 2001. Hispanic, Black, and low-income students have continued to drive this increase with Hispanic students reaching an 80 percent graduation rate in 2017, Black students climbing to a 77.8 percent…

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The List of Missing Black Girls Continues to Grow

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent @StacyBrownMedia Type the name Tawny Reed in the Google search engine and click on “News.” In doing so, one will find among the results, an obscure 1960s Welsh singer named Tawny Reed and even a headline from the Telegraph newspaper in the United Kingdom that reads, “The beautiful…

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Study: Suicide second leading cause of death for African-American youth

Suicide rates for African-American adolescents are skyrocketing, says Ball State University researcher. Jagdish Khubchandani, a health science professor, found that African-American adolescents (13–19 years of age) discovered that the rate of African-American male suicides increased by 60% and for AA females increased by 182% from 2001 to 2017. Over the 16-year period, there were 1,375…

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