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Chicago Activists File Petitions for an Elected School Board

Chicago Activists File Petitions for an Elected School Board

  Grassroots activists in Chicago are pressing for an advisory vote on the February 2015 ballot that would allow voters to show whether they want the city’s school board to be elected. Organizers collected more than 50,000 signatures, which were filed Monday with the Board of Elections. Chicago, the third-largest school district in America, is [...]
John Doar, Civil Rights Lawyer and Republican, DiesWASHINGTON (AP) — John Doar, who as a top Justice Department civil rights lawyer in the 1960s fought to protect the rights of Black voters and integrate universities in the South, died Tuesday at age 92. The cause was congestive heart failure, said his son, Burke Doar. Doar was a Justice Department civil rights lawyer [...]
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‘Ole Miss’ is Making Changes to Boost Diversity, InclusionOXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Ole Miss is enjoying its best football season in a half-century, and that’s bringing new attention to Mississippi’s flagship university. The Rebels haven’t played this well since 1962, which happens to be the same year troops stood up to mob violence to force the University of Mississippi, under federal court order, [...]
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Alabama Suffers Second-Worst Education Cuts in U.S.  Alabama public schools are back in the spotlight. For the staff at Arise Citizens’ Policy Project (ACPP), which works to improve the lives of low-income people in Alabama, the news could have been more upbeat – but the organization says there are steps to take to improve. Public dollars in Alabama to support students [...]
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Meet Ana Aceves – the Mexican Carl SaganBERKELEY, Calif. – When Ana Aceves was 12 years old, she sat on her parents’ front porch in the Central Valley city of Merced, California, looked up into the night sky and had an “out of body experience.” She saw herself on her porch, then her city, and state, planet, and finally the stars. It [...]
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A Year After a Teen was Tased, Will Texas Protect Students?Nov. 20, 2013, a school day in Texas’ Bastrop County, starts like any other for 17-year-old Noe Niño de Rivera and his family. The sun rises a little before 7 a.m. and first period at Cedar Creek High School, the home of the “Eagles,” starts an hour later. The day is no scorcher – an [...]
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College Enrollment in U.S. Plummets  The number of people attending college in the United States has dipped by 930,000 over a two-year period, marking the largest decline before the Great Recession started, the Census Bureau reported. In a Sept. 24 report, the Census Bureau said 463,000 people decided not to enroll in a college between 2012 and 2013. Census [...]
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First-Generation Students Blaze Trails, Face ChallengesFor Jon Hernandez, going to college wasn’t part of his original plan. While it may be difficult given that he can’t always ask family members for advice, he intends to complete his bachelor’s degree within three years with the help of his father’s GI Bill. “I usually address faculty for questions about school,” he said. [...]
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Scholarship Applications for DREAMers Due on Oct. 26  Applications for scholarships up to $25,000 are being accepted from undocumented youth who will be first-time college students or who will transfer to a four-year university to finish a bachelor’s degree, TheDream.US, a national organization with $32 million to help young people, announced on Sept. 4.  The scholarships – to which individuals can apply [...]
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Racial Divide Plagues Education, Calif. Study RevealsSAN DIEGO (AP) — Black elementary school students in California missed more school last year than children from any other group, including the homeless, according to findings from a study released Friday that mirror national research from the U.S. Education Department. Taken together the findings show that racial disparities in American education — from access [...]
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