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Major changes coming to popular standardized test, could boost black student performance

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Students in America’s schools will face a redesigned standardized test in the coming months. Curators of the Spring 2016 SAT test books say they are more focused and useful than ever. The changes could boost the success rate of black students. Major changes are described below. 

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15-year-old suspended for suspected ‘gang signs’ in picture

A 15-year-old Mississippi high school teen was suspended after a picture of him displaying three raised fingers surfaced. On Feb. 3, assistant principal Todd Nichols summoned Dontadrian Bruce of Olive Branch High to his office. Nichols showed Bruce a photo he had posed for during a recent biology project, and suspended him for holding up […]

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Genius Alert: teen turns poverty into triumph

An extraordinarily talented 15-year-old inventor  has taught himself how to create technical gadgets with very little resources. Kelvin made his own FM radio transmitter and a generator among other things. And he did it all with things that he’s found in the trash. The teen was discovered by MIT. 

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BYP 100, Project Nia ban together to create youth jobs bill focused on training, work for young people

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In response to Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s proposed “tough on crime” strategy, specifically Senate Bill 1342, members of BYP 100 and Project Nia have collaborated to create a youth jobs bill. Senate Bill 1342, now House Bill 5672, included a minimum sentence of one to three years for any person caught with an illegal weapon. 

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CPS Report: privately run charter schools expel students at higher rates

According to a report released by the Chicago Public Schools, privately run charter schools expel students at higher rates than other institutions of learning in the district. The data revealed that during the last school year, 307 students were kicked out of charter schools, compared to 182 kids expelled out of district-run schools. Charter schools […]

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Chicago’s Goodman Theater to honor Trayvon Martin with 10 short plays

Today marks two years since Trayvon Martin’s life was tragically cut short. In honor of the slain teen, Chicago’s Goodman Theater will stage a night of short plays about the killing. 

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New York to no longer place minors in solitary confinement

New York became the largest state in the country to ban placing inmates under the age of 18 in solitude. The decision comes as part of sweeping reforms of the state’s use of solitary confinement. 

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Report: The long-term health effects of bullying

According to a recent report, kids who are victims of bullying have worse mental and physical health, more symptoms of depression and lower self-worth. As time progresses, the symptoms become more prevalent. 

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BYP Memo: Equal Protection? Race and Young People’s Attitudes Toward the Legal System

The verdicts in the Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis cases have focused increased attention on racial disparities in the American justice system, and according to The BYP’s latest memo, nearly three-quarters of Black Youth believe the legal system does not treat all groups equally, a rate considerably higher than that for white and Latino youth.

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Michael Dunn tells fiancé that he is both the ‘victim and the victor’ in fatal Jordan Davis shooting

On Saturday a jury found Florida resident Michael Dunn guilty on three counts of attempted murder, and one count of firing a missile on the day that led to the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Jordan Davis. In newly released phone calls from jail to his fiancé, Dunn tells her that he is both the victim […]

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