According to an Oregon state law, students can miss up to 5 hours of classroom time a week for religious instruction.
PREP4Kids is one of the programs that teaches children non-denominational Christian lessons during released-time.
Earlier this week a federal judge ruled that Arkansas can stop making payments on one of the nation’s most historic desegregation efforts.
While the ruling no longer holds the state liable in a financial sense, U.S. District Judge Price Marshall did stress that work still needed to be done to ensure Little Rock-area students receive a proper education.
In an attempt to reinstate religion in schools, Oklahoma lawmakers have introduced a bill that would allow teachers to educate students about Christmas and Hanukkah, and would have public schools observe “traditional winter celebrations.”
Funny man Kevin Hart has decided to give back to his hometown of Philadelphia. The city has been in the news recently for its financial woes, which has resulted in many schools closing and other severe budget cuts.
Hart’s donation of 500 computers to several Philadelphia schools and recreation centers may not solve the city’s problems, but it definitely helps.
Hart attended local public schools before embarking on an entertainment career that includes the 2011 stand-up special “Laugh at My Pain.”
Chicago parents and activists are holding a march today- dubbed Walk the Walk – to draw attention to the “distances, safety concerns, and overcrowding potential” facing students displaced by the closing of over 50 Chicago Public Schools.
Around 8:30 a.m., the Raise Your Hand Coalition-led walk began in East Garfield Park at King Elementary on 740 S. Campbell and headed to the proposed receiving school, Jensen, at 3030 W. Harrison. The walk is roughly less than a mile and passes by Altgeld Park.
The Wu-Tang Clan’s GZA has aligned himself with an amazing pilot program in New York City that uses Hip Hop to help young people learn about science.
The program is currently running in 10 NYC public schools.
The program was started by Dr. Chris Emdin of Columbia University’s Teachers College.
“The goal is just to awaken the children, make them more aware and embrace science and everything connected to it,” GZA told CBS News.
An organization called Detroit’s Youth Voice have organized a march this Saturday to “break the School-to-Prison Pipeline.”
As many have argued, school disciplinary policies like suspensions and expulsions remove children from the classroom. Time away from the class hurts youth academically and can set them down a road leading to prison.
According to the ALCU, 36 percent of Detroit Public School students were suspended in the 2011-2012 academic year.
I was shocked to recently learn about the Oakland, California school board’s 1996 decision to classify Ebonics as the official language of its African American students. At the mere age of four, I was ignorant to the political and social controversy this decision stirred up nationwide. Now, at 19, I can understand the problematic implications such a decision leads to.
According to a recent study conducted by the Yale University Child Study Center, Black boys recieve less attention, harsher punishments, and lower grades in school than their White counterparts.
This trend persists from kindergarten all the way through college, regardless of socioeconomic status.
And a recent article in the Washington Post asserts that Black children in the D.C. area are suspended or expelled two to five times more often than White students.
This really shouldn’t surprise anyone; we’ve always known that our young Black men face an uphill battle in this society, practically from birth. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t take action to counteract the systemic oppression of young Black men in America.
Check out Roland Martin’s interview with Judith Brown Dianis, the co-director of the Advancement Project, about these disturbing trends below.
If you haven’t heard from a pizza fanatic, like myself, last month Congress wrote a bill that continues to allow the tomato paste on pizza to be counted as a serving of vegetables. While you may have heard this argument circulating for a while, the Obama administration and the Department of Agriculture have proposed to make school lunches healthier in recent years. In opposition, schools with tight spending budgets argue that the government should not regulate what their students can or can’t eat. The proposal for healthier lunches was based on the fact that childhood obesity has tripled in the past 30 years and future health care costs will suffer because of it.
If pizza and potatoes, served daily in many schools, continue to bombard the school lunch lines, the majority of students will choose these unhealthy options while passing up the selection of other vegetables. I know how it feels to walk through the lunch line, knowing your parents aren’t watching over your shoulder and telling you what to put on your plate. It is irresponsible for schools to serve so many unhealthy options, knowing that the majority of students will choose them. Without the responsibility of the schools to implement healthier lunch options through cutting back on pizza and potato options, children will fall into the trap the frozen food and salt industries want them to.
The Black Youth Project examines the attitudes, resources and culture of the young black millennials.