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Study: Black Students Who Attend HBCUs More Successful in Math, Technology

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By Andy Moore, Black Web 2.0

According to a recent study done by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, students who attend Historically Black Colleges and Universities are more likely to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

On Monday, The Commission released its annual briefing report  on The Educational Effectiveness of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)and Encouraging Minority Students to Pursue Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Careers. The study found that students at historically black colleges and universities reported higher levels of academic involvement in their studies and in faculty research projects than black students at non-HBCUs.

According to The Commission, the success of these programs comes from the lack of “academic mismatch” that is often found at non-HBCUs. Academic mismatch occurs when an admitted student’s credentials fall below those of the median student in that program.

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December 10, 2010 at 8:28 am

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Eagle Academy unveils state of the art facilities

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By Art McFarland, WABC

The new multi-million dollar home for the Eagle Academy is seen as the fulfillment of a promise by the city.

“The Eagle Academy finally has its own nest and the opportunities that are here in this building for these young people are just simply extraordinary,” said David Banks, the Eagle Foundation President.

The Academy was founded by the group, “100 Black Men”, and began with the clear mission of helping to solve the problem that black and Hispanic young men are the least likely to graduate from high school. Read the rest of this entry »

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October 9, 2010 at 8:49 pm

Pioneer Fairfield educator Ethel Hall recalls life, career in book

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By Jeremy Gray, The Birmingham News

Ethel Hall’s decades long career in education took her from the classroom to the Alabama Board of Educa­tion.

The Fairfield Democrat is retiring from the board after 24 years, including 10 as vice president, and has writ­ten about her life and work as an educator.

Former students filed into the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute on Thursday night as Hall signed copies of “My Journey: A Memoir of the First African American to Preside Over the Alabama Board of Education,” which she co-wrote with Carmelita Bivens.

“You wanted to be like her. She was knowledge­able, smart, pretty and well­-dressed,” recalled Sammie T. Stevenson, a former stu­dent of Hall’s who grad­uated from Westfield High School in 1963.

Classrooms were different in those days, Hall said. “There was no special edu­cation. Everyone took the same classes and everyone did it. We made our own gifted classes; all our stu­dents were gifted,” she said. Read the rest of this entry »

Academy Prep St. Petersburg hires DeVere Beard as head of school

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By Sandra Gadsden, St. Pete Times

Academy Prep St. Petersburg is a rigorous private school for low-income boys and girls that is known for its long days and emphasis on character education. Since its founding in 1997, the school at 2301 22nd Ave. S has served hundreds of students, most of them African-American, who attend on scholarships funded by individual and corporate donors.

Later this week, the school’s trustees will host a private reception for DeVere Beard, who has just been named the fourth head of school in Academy Prep’s history.

At first glance, Beard might appear to be a curious choice for the job. After all, he comes from a top post at a private school atop a winding stretch of Mulholland Drive in Los Angeles that bills itself as “one of the few schools in the country devoted to the education of highly gifted children” ages 5 to 14.

But Beard — and the trustees who voted to hire him — believes he is well-suited for the Academy Prep job. He is a product of private schools himself, he says, and “my dream has always been to be head of school.”

At 40, Beard is the youngest head of school since Academy Prep was founded by a small group of educators and philanthropists 13 years ago. Read the rest of this entry »

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September 8, 2010 at 6:34 am

African-American Valedictorian Challenges Elite N.Y. High School on Diversity

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by Jamal Eric Watson, Diverse Education

Justin Hudson has become somewhat of a heroic figure at Hunter College High School—a New York City public school founded in 1869 for intellectually gifted students.

This past June, Hudson, 18, used his graduation speech to challenge the high school’s admission procedures, which he says puts too much stock on a single, teacher-written exam for admission into the selective school that caters to students in grades 7-12.

Only elementary school students in New York City who score in the top 10 percent on the state English and math exams are invited by Hunter to take the admissions exam. In the past, individual elementary schools were chiefly responsible for getting the word out about when the exam would be administered.

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August 19, 2010 at 5:37 pm

Virginia State University’s new president settles in

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By Karin Kapsidelis, Richmond Times-Dispatch

Ettrick, Va. –On his second day on campus, Keith T. Miller set out to meet his future — and quickly ran into someone whose roots run deep into Virginia State University’s past.

Miller, who took over as VSU’s 13th president Thursday, stopped to chat with Parris Bowles, a junior who’s the third generation in his family to attend the university in Ettrick.

Bowles’ parents and three older siblings are alumni, and his grandmother, who’s now 95, graduated in 1935.

“That’s awesome,” Miller told him.

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July 5, 2010 at 4:45 pm

National Alliance for Public Charter Schools Announces New CEO: Peter C. Groff

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SOURCE: PR Newswire

Continuing a Distinguished Career in Public Service, Groff Accepts New Position Before an Audience of More than 4,000; Shares his Vision for Charters

WASHINGTON, July 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools is pleased to announce that effective July 1, Peter C. Groff is the organization’s new president.  Groff assumes the position previously held by Nelson Smith, who announced in February his plans to step down from the CEO role.  Groff’s announcement was made on the final day of the 10th annual National Charter Schools Conference, which was held in Chicago and attracted more than 4,000 attendees.

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July 2, 2010 at 6:50 am