Tag: Education

Venture Capitalist Arlan Hamilton Launches Scholarship Fund For Black Students At Oxford University

Tech entrepreneur and venture capitalist Arlan Hamilton is investing in the education of Black undergraduate students at Oxford University. According to USA Today Hamilton—the founder of Backstage Capital—has launched a scholarship fund for students attending the England-based institution. The scholarship, partly named for Hamilton’s mother, will cover fees and living costs for one undergraduate student […]

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Michelle Obama Donates $500,000 To Support Global Education For Girls

Former First Lady Michelle Obama is furthering her efforts to ensure that girls around the globe have access to education. According to People, on Giving Tuesday Obama donated $500,000 to the Girls Opportunity Alliance Fund. The donation was comprised of proceeds from her best-selling memoir Becoming which has sold nearly 12 million copies since its […]

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Ayanna Pressley’s New Bill Aims To Stop Racist School-To-Prison Pipeline

Ayanna Pressley is the first Black women to represent Congress in Massachusetts and she has been fighting for serious change. Her latest bill is to end discriminatory school discipline policies specifically targeting Black girls. MORE: ‘Don’t Snitch. Swipe’ Guerrilla Subway Fare Evasion Fliers Call Out NYC’s Latest ‘Broken Windows’ Policing The bill is aimed to […]

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America’s Education Problem

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Via Apple Podcasts | Via RadioPublic | Via Stitcher For decades, the United States has spent billions of dollars trying to close its education gap with the rest of the world. New data shows that all that money made little difference. Today, we investigate how […]

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Should College Be Free?

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Play | RadioPublic | Stitcher Should public colleges be tuition-free? Should student loan debt be forgiven? This week on “The Argument,” the columnists discuss Pete Buttigieg’s criticisms of his more liberal Democratic rivals’ plans to reduce the costs of […]

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NFL Player Richard Sherman Donates $27K To Eliminate Student Lunch Debt

The student lunch debt crisis has been pushed to the forefront of a national conversation. Research shows that 75 percent of school districts throughout the country have unpaid student meal debt and many of the students who are unable to pay off their debt are ostracized and prevented from participating in school events, including graduation. […]

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Thanksgiving Is Another Reminder of What America Forgot

In a December 1862 letter to the Senate, President Abraham Lincoln ordered the execution of 39 Sioux citizens. In 1851, the Santee Sioux had ceded the land known as Minnesota to the United States in a pair of treaties, in exchange for a constant supply of services and wares to be provided by the Bureau […]

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Kenyan Teacher Donates 80 Percent Of His Salary To Underprivileged Families

Kenyan teacher Peter Tabichi is on a mission to impact the lives of individuals beyond the classroom. According to People Tabichi—who was recently named the “World’s Best Teacher” by the Varkey Foundation—donates 80 percent of his salary to help underprivileged students and their families. Tabichi, who teaches STEM education at the Keriko Mixed Day School […]

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TCC student overcomes homelessness and is now working on a second degree

Cynthia Felton NORFOLK, Va. – One local woman went from being homeless to working on her second college degree. Cynthia Felton said she would sleep under a bridge near the courthouse in Norfolk, in graveyards and in porta-potties. Now Felton is working on her second college degree at Tidewater Community College and hopes to eventually […]

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Portsmouth Elementary school students take action against bullying

little girl bullying in school classroom × Portsmouth Elementary school students take action against bullying little girl bullying in school classroom PORTSMOUTH, Va. – Students at a Portsmouth Elementary school are taking to the street today to help combat bullying. As part of their Anti-Bullying Academy this week, Westhaven Elementary School is hosting their Children’s Community […]

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Boys & Girls Club Of Harlem To Celebrate 40 Years Of Empowering Underprivileged Youth

The lack of accessibility to after-school programs remains an issue in low-income communities across America. The Boys & Girls Club of Harlem has been dedicated to changing that narrative. As the organization gears up to celebrate the 40th anniversary of its impactful existence in the Harlem community, it’s focused on pushing its efforts to empower […]

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New Orleans Teen Who Received 116 College Acceptances Pursues Degree In Education

A New Orleans teenager is living proof that there is power that lies in perseverance. Despite growing up in an impoverished environment, Antoinette Love was accepted into 116 colleges and received $3.7 million in scholarships, the U.S. Department of Education reported. Antoinette Love, a charter school student in New Orleans, was accepted into a record-setting […]

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‘Unfair’ performance evaluation of Virginia teachers set to change

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – A sigh of relief for thousands of teachers across the Commonwealth. “This has been extremely stressful for educators for many years,” Kelly Walker, the President of the Virginia Beach Education Association, said. For a number of years, teacher performance evaluations centered heavily on students’ academic progress, mainly high-stakes testing like the […]

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Virginia receives $500,000 grant to support educational advancement for minority students

NORFOLK, Va. – Virginia will receive a $500,000 educational equity grant that aims to increase educational achievement for students of color, Gov. Ralph Northam announced at Old Dominion University Wednesday. The grant is from the Indianapolis-based Lumina Foundation, which established a Talent, Innovation, and Equity Partnership to provide funding, research and related support to states. The […]

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Youngest in Charge: 21-Year-Old Tay Anderson Talks Education, Representation After Becoming ‘Youngest Elected Official in Colorado History’

On Nov. 5, after a hard-fought campaign, a reinvigorated Tay Anderson rose to his feet in triumph. The first election results from his bid for a seat on the Denver school board had just come in and as raw emotion coursed through his veins, all he could think about was calling the woman who inspired […]

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Courtney B. Vance To Lead The SAG-AFTRA Foundation

From The Preacher’s Wife to The People vs. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story, actor Courtney B. Vance is known for bringing memorable roles to life on the big screen and television. The Detroit native—who has been in the entertainment industry for over 30 years—recently hit a major career milestone. According to Deadline, Vance was named […]

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The Black Mage’s Daniel Barnes and DJ Kirkland Unpack the Meaning of the Book’s Magic

Oni Press’s The Black Mage, by writer Daniel Barnes and artist D.J. Kirkland, tells a story that’s unique to the young, black magic-user at the center of the comic. But the story is familiar to any person from a historically marginalized background that finds themselves suddenly thrust into the eternally weird world of higher education. […]

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Spelman College Creates First-Ever Queer Studies Chair at An HBCU With $2 Million Donation From Billionaire Jon Stryker

Image: Shutterstock As the global leader of the liberal arts education of black women, Spelman College is keen on its tremendous responsibility to educate and empower the next generation of leaders and innovators. To that end, in a press release provided to The Root, the historically black college announced a matching gift of up to […]

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“Affordable” Child Care Is a Failure of Imagination

Imagine if public K-12 education in America were no longer free, no longer a right. Parents would need to come up with tuition fees—an average of about $12,000 per child—or else figure out alternative arrangements. It would be chaos. Some parents would zero out their savings; others would leave the workforce to care for their […]

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Redesigning American Schools in an Age of Mass Shootings

Early in September, in Fruitport, Michigan, a new building at a local high school made headlines across the country. It had been designed for a single purpose: to try to mitigate the carnage of school shootings. There are no straight hallways lined with lockers at Fruitport High School. Its walls are curved, to reduce a […]

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