Prince George County Spelling Bee.
Education

Informer Takes Over Prince George’s County Spelling Bee

Students in Prince George’s County who had their hearts set on participating in the annual spelling bee sponsored for years by the Gazette and Gazette-Star can still set their radars to “ready, set, spell,” as The Washington Informer newspaper has stepped up to the plate to carry on the time-honored tradition. [read more…]

Youth Make a Huge Impact At Justice or Else March.
Education

Youth Make a Difference, Join the ‘Big’ March

WASHINGTON — Principal Aaron Thomas Green posed the following question to his school of 300-plus fifth- to eighth-graders at his all-boys school in northeast Houston at the beginning of the school year. “What does justice and brotherhood mean to you?” he asked. Their responses earned 30 boys from KIPP Polaris for Boys a free trip Saturday to the nation’s capital for the 20th anniversary of the Million Man March. There they joined tens of thousands who traveled from across America to be at the historic event.
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The number of minority teachers has declined since 1987, even though the minority student population has grown 17 percent over the same time period. (Stock Photo)
Education

Number of Black Teachers Rapidly Declines as Minority Student Population Increases

The minority population has grown tremendously since the year 2000. According to the Census Bureau, the Hispanic population growth is due to U.S. births–and Asian population growth is due primarily to immigration since 2012. That alone has fueled a 5 percent population growth in the overall population of these groups nationwide, according to the Pew Research Center. [read more…]

Education

CHAVOUS: Should Sex Education Be Taught In Our Schools?

As of Jan. 1, 2015, all states are somehow involved in sex education for public school children. In particular, 22 states and the District of Columbia require public schools to teach sex education. But is this really best for our kids? And, if so, is the material taught adequate and appropriate for today’s fast paced society. [read more…]

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D.C. EDUCATION BRIEFS: Ballou High School Homecoming

Cardozo Education Campus, Dunbar High School and H.D. Woodson High School have increased their graduation rates by at least 10 percent. Meanwhile, the percentage of high school students who graduated from DC Public Schools in four years increased by six percent – from 58 percent to 64 percent – continuing four years of growth in graduation rates since 2011.
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Prince George’s County Education Briefs: Ready to Lead Program

On Tuesday, Oct. 6, students from Crossland, DuVal, Northwestern and Parkdale high schools attended the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s Ready to Lead program. They joined other students from across the region for an intensive one-day program designed to provide Latino high school students in grades nine and 10 with the tools and training necessary to prepare for college. Students also participated in a mentoring session, where they heard from local Latino professionals and college students about their journey to success and why completing high school and pursuing a college education are attainable. [read more…]