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Oregon law allows students to miss up to 5 hours of school for religion

By BYP @blackyouthproj 3:06 pm March 11, 2014 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.  

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Federal Judge says Arkansas no longer has to pay into school desegregation efforts

By BYP @blackyouthproj 10:38 am January 17, 2014 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 […]

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Lawmakers in Oklahoma seek to reinstate prayer in schools with Christmas, Hanukah bills

By BYP @blackyouthproj 11:48 am December 11, 2013 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.”

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Kevin Hart gives back to hometown by donating 500 computers to public schools, rec centers

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.

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CPS Protest Highlights Dangers Facing Displaced Chicago Students; Questions ‘Safety Routes’

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.

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Wu-Tang Clan’s GZA Uses Hip Hop to Teach Science in NYC Public Schools

The Wu-Tang Clan’s GZA has aligned himself with a pilot program in NYC that uses Hip Hop to help young people learn about science. ““The goal is just to awaken the children, make them more aware and embrace science and everything connected to it”

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Detroit Students Organize March to Protest School-to-Prison Pipeline

An organization called Detroit’s Youth Voice have organized a march this Saturday to “break the School-to-Prison Pipeline.” Great to see young people taking to the streets and making their voices heard regarding such an important issue.

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Hooked on Ebonics: the controversy that swirls around this “language”

By aria 2:00 pm April 5, 2012 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 […]

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STUDY: Black Boys Receive Less Attention, Harsher Punishments, and Lower Grades In School

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. What can we do to fight these trends?

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Pizza is a Vegetable? Congress Seems to Think So

By aria 11:33 am November 23, 2011 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 […]

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