Education

Education in the Black Community

Student achievement gaps need to be aggressively addressed.

Pre-K in the African American Community

Segregation Begins in Pre-K

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The movement to stop over policing and punitive policies in schools is intersecting with a painfully tender side of educational policy, as urban schools seek to desegregate and promote diversity in early childhood education.

Quality of Pre-K in the Black Community

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 Equity and Excellence: African-American Children’s Access to Quality Preschool

What it means to be black in the American educational system

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Black boys are almost three times as likely to be suspended than white boys, and black girls are four times as likely to be suspended than white girls.

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Pre-K Education

Georgia's Pre-K Teacher of the Year is the first black man to win the award

Surfing executive sentenced to prison in college admissions

Admission Scandal Snares Another

Federal prosecutors in Boston said Wednesday that surfing executive Jeffrey Bizzack has been sentenced to two months in prison for participating in the massive college admissions scheme. Prosecutors said Bizzack, 59, paid $250,000 in 2017 to get his son into the University of Southern California (USC) as a volleyball recruit, even though he did not play volleyball.

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Chicago Strike: CPS, CTU strike is over

CHICAGO PUBLIC SCHOOL

Chicago Strike: CPS, CTU still haven't worked out 'major issues' as strike enters 11th day.

Students return to school at Yates Elementary Friday, Nov. 1, 2019, in Chicago after a Chicago Teachers Union strike closed schools for 11 days



The Chicago Teachers Union and Chicago Public Schools spent their second weekend at the bargaining table despite what school district negotiators call a "breach of trust" by the teachers.


CPS didn't elaborate on how CTU broke the district's trust, and union leaders said they didn't understand either. No deal was reached on Saturday, but both sides said the priority is to finally reach a deal that would bring an end to a strike that's entering its 11th day.

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Education Secretary Betsy Devos

Betsy Devos

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Has no clue about educational policies

Donald Trump and Betsy Devos

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Both are destroying the future of our children

Federal Judge Holds DeVos in Contempt

Devos Held in Comptent by Federal Judge

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A federal judge on Thursday held Education Secretary Betsy DeVos in contempt for violating an order to stop collecting loan payments from former Corinthian Colleges students.

Elizabeth Warren Promises to Fire Betsy DeVos

EXCERPT FROM ELIZABETH WARREN'S EDUCATION PLAN :


I believe in America’s public schools. And I believe that every kid in America should have the same access to a high-quality public education - no matter where they live, the color of their skin, or how much money their parents make. 

We’re not living up to that promise. Funding for public K-12 education is both inadequate and inequitable. I’ve long been concerned about the way that school systems rely heavily on local property taxes, shortchanging students in low-income areas and condemning communities caught in a spiral of decreasing property values and declining schools. Despite a national expectation of progress, public schools are more segregated today than they were thirty years ago, and the link between school funding and property values perpetuates the effects of ongoing housing discrimination and racist housing policies, like redlining, that restricted homeownership and home values for Black Americans. 

We ask so much of our public school teachers, paraprofessionals, and school staff. But instead of treating them like professionals - paying them well, listening to them, and giving them the support they need - we impose extreme accountability measures that punish them for factors they cannot possibly control. We divert public dollars from traditional public schools that need them, leave our students vulnerable to exploitative companies that prey on schools’ limited resources for profit, and allow corruption to undermine the quality of education that our students receive. 

And each of these trends has gotten worse under Betsy DeVos - a Secretary of Education who thinks traditional public schools are a “dead end.” 

We can do so much better for our students, our teachers, and our communities. I’ll start – as I promised in May – by replacing DeVos with a Secretary of Education who has been a public school teacher, believes in public education, and will listen to our public school teachers, parents, and students. 

But that’s just the beginning. As public school teachers across the country know, our schools do not have the financial resources they need to deliver a quality public education for every child. That’s why my plan invests hundreds of billions of dollars in our public schools - paid for by a two-cent wealth tax on fortunes above $50 million - and makes a series of legislative and administrative changes to achieve five objectives: 


  • Fund schools adequately and equitably so that all students have access to a great public education.
  • Renew the fight against segregation and discrimination in our schools.
  • Provide a warm, safe, and nurturing school climate for all our kids.
  • Treat teachers and staff like the professionals they are. 
  • Stop the privatization and corruption of our public education system.

Student Loan Update

Trump Education Official to Resign and Call for Mass Student Loan Forgiveness

A senior student-loan official in the Trump administration said he would resign Thursday and endorse canceling most of the nation’s outstanding student debt, calling the student-loan system “fundamentally broken.”

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Scholars Address Issues of Mobility in Higher Education

Higher Education

Strategizing around how best to address policy makers on issues of access, student success and the impact of higher education, four prominent scholars gathered at New York University (NYU) on Friday to share their research.

Dr. Stella Flores began Friday’s discussion, “The New Mobility in Higher Education: Does a College Degree Matter?” with some important details about her family background. Her parents were Mexican farm workers who were able to attend college at a time when tuition and grants made it affordable. They earned degrees and had professional careers, which enabled Flores to grow up in a household where a priority was placed on education.

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Issues of Concern to African American Women

Top 15  Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the country!

Educational Issues

Legislative Initiatives

Hearings on Capitol Hill on Educational Legislation

“Examining the USDA’s Proposed Cuts to Free School Meals"

Top Five Countries for the Best Education

Top 5 Countries for Education

In just a few decades, countries of the world will be governed by today's youth. Their thoughts and actions will be shaped by what they know and have experienced, making education, in many ways, one of the best predictors of a nation's future success.

The 2019 Best Countries for Education are ranked based on a perception-based global survey, which used a compilation of scores from three equally weighted country attributes: well-developed public education system, would consider attending university there and provides top quality education.


A mix of federally run and decentralized education systems rank highest. These are the top five. 

  1. United Kingdom
  2. USA
  3. Canada 
  4. Germany
  5. France

Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) and Rankings - Top 15

Historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) are institutions of higher education in the United States that were established before the Civil Rights Act of 1964 with the intention of primarily serving the African-American community.


These historically black colleges and universities were compared only with one another for these rankings. To be on the list, a school must be currently designated by the U.S. Department of Education as an HBCU. To qualify for the U.S. News rankings, an HBCU also must be an undergraduate baccalaureate-granting institution that enrolls primarily first-year, first-time students and must be a school that is part of the 2019 Best Colleges rankings.

  1. Claflin University
  2. Howard University
  3. Hampton University
  4. Morehouse College
  5. Xavier University
  6. Fisk University
  7. Claflin University
  8. Claflin University
  9. North Carolina A & T
  10. Florida A&M University
  11. North Carolina Central University
  12. Dillard University
  13. Delaware State University
  14. Tougaloo College
  15. Morgan State University

News About Education

2020 race brings free college back to the national stage


After receding from the national stage, the free college movement is resurfacing as a central rallying point for Democrats as they set their sights on the White House.

At least 18 of the party’s 23 presidential contenders have come out in support of some version of free college . Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts promises free tuition at public colleges and universities. Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota says it should be limited to two years of community college. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York wants to provide free tuition in exchange for public service.

The candidates are responding to what some say is a crisis in college affordability, an issue likely to draw attention in the first primary debates later this month. Year after year, colleges say they have to raise tuition to offset state funding cuts. Students have shouldered the cost by taking out loans, pushing the country’s student debt to nearly $1.6 trillion this year. Even for many in the middle class, experts say, college is increasingly moving out of reach.

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Black women bear largest burden in student debt crisis

Student Debt

 Black women have the highest student loan debt of any racial or ethnic group, according to a key study by American Association of University Women..

The college loans will only keep building as she finishes her undergraduate work in 2022 and then moves on for another two years in graduate school. The way she sees it now, she could end up with $20,000 or more in college debt down the road.

Young women like Bradshaw aren’t just juggling jobs in college these days; they also end up juggling the bulk of the student loan debt in the country. It makes them even more vulnerable in the next recession if they face job reductions or pay cuts. Some could be shut out of the middle class lifestyle that drives many to college in the first place. 


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Downloads

The Presidential Executive Order on Enforcing Statutory Prohibitions on Federal Control of Education,  Overview of Programs Supporting Minority-Serving Institutions under the Higher Education Act - CRS, Programs for Minority-Serving Institutions Under the Higher Education Act