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Dorothy Rowley

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SE Residents Push Back at Developers' Demolition Plans

Residents of the Barry Farm public housing units and Park Chester apartments in Southeast D.C. will converge on the zoning commission's Northwest headquarters Monday in a continued show of force against plans to demolish their homes.

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P.G. County Education Briefs: Substitute Teacher Academy

The Office of Talent Development will host a two-part Substitute Teacher Academy for the months of July and August.

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Judge Rules D.C. School Closures Not Racially Biased

A federal judge has ruled that the closure of 15 D.C. public schools wasn't racially discriminatory, a setback for black parents who say they face such obstacles when attempting to actively participate in their children's education.

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Frederick Tapped as Howard University's 17th President

A scholar, surgeon and researcher who enrolled at Howard University as a 16-year-old from Trinidad and Tobago, has been named as the school's 17th president.

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Obama Talks Youth Initiative, D.C. Statehood During School Visit

President Obama made an appearance Monday at the Walker Jones Education Campus in D.C., where he expounded on his quest to improve the quality of life for young minority males.

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DCPS Appointee to Focus on Black Male Students

A former middle school teacher from Detroit who won numerous educational awards has been hired by the District's public schools chancellor as chief of innovation and research.

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Owens Elected Chair of P.G. County DCC

The Prince George's County Democratic Central Committee has elected District 27's LaRhonda Owens as its new chair.

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Donna Brazile Announces Launch of Democrat-Oriented Public Education Group

Political strategist Donna Brazile recently announced the formation of a new group which focuses on uniting Democrats who believe in the value of public education.

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AmeriHealth Pairs with Teen-Pregnancy Prevention Project

A leading Medicaid-managed healthcare organization will team with the DC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy for the campaign's "Pipeline to Prevention" program.

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Black Unemployment Down, But Not Enough, Obama Administration Says

The Department of Labor reported a significant dip in unemployment among blacks, but the rate is still unconscionably high, Labor Secretary Thomas Perez said.

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OSSE Grants Boost Participation in Farm Field Trips

The Office of the State Superintendent of Education announced that it will grant $33,000 to the District's Farm Field Trip program as part of a new initiative of the DC Healthy Schools Act.

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Grosso Bill to Ban Suspensions of Pre-K Students

D.C. Council member David Grosso (I-At Large) introduced a bill Monday that bans the suspension of 3- and 4-year-old children from publicly funded programs in the city, keeping in line with his push for equitable education reform.

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Four D.C. Students Tapped as 2014 Milken Scholars

Four District of Columbia public and charter schools students are among 24 high school graduates selected as 2014 Milken scholars.

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Hampton U. Named HBCU of the Year

Hampton University in Virginia was named as the year's top historically black school during the 4th annual HBCU Awards ceremony in New Orleans on Friday

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Spelman College Exceeds Fundraising Goal

Spelman College announced this week that the historic women's school in Atlanta has generated $157.8 million during a 10-year fundraising campaign, exceeding its goal.

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Truancy High for Younger Students

Extenuating Circumstances Exacerbate Problem

More elementary-age students than ever have racked up excessive numbers of unexcused days from school, according to a January report from the District of Columbia Public Schools system.

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P.G. County Education Briefs: Board Approves Budget

The Prince George's County Board of Education has approved a $1.8 billion schools budget as of July 1.

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D.C. EDUCATION BRIEFS: Cardozo Wins 2014 Preservation Award

The innovative design of Francis L. Cardozo Education Campus in Northwest has made it a standout among District schools that have undergone modernizations over the past few years.

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Howard U. Program to Commemorate 50th Anniversary of Civil Rights Act

The Department of Justice, in conjunction with Howard University, will host a celebration to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act.

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Warren-Jones to Leave D.C. School Board Post

Ward 6 school board member Monica Warren-Jones has announced her resignation, effective at the end of her term in November.

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Initiative Steers Black Males to Teaching Profession

A group of African-American male educators and administrators in Pennsylvania have joined forces to encourage youths to consider a career in the teaching profession.

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Study Examines Absence of Blacks in STEM Careers

A study on the lack of minority college graduates with STEM-related degrees show that efforts to get more minorities in STEM fields have been successful, but far less is being done to help them succeed.

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D.C. EDUCATION BRIEFS: Teacher Job Fair

As the 2014-15 school year approaches, officials anticipate having a lot of teacher slots to fill.

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P.G. County Education Briefs: New Literacy Program

Prince George's County has become home to a new summer literacy program sponsored by the District-based Children's Defense Fund.

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Parents Demand Delay in School Boundary Change

Following nearly two years of inquiries from parents about school boundaries and feeder patterns, Mayor Vincent C. Gray, his deputy mayor for education and the schools chancellor agreed that after decades of significant population shifts and school closings, the time had come to move forward.

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D.C. Park Memorializes Victims of 2009 Metro Crash

D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray, joined by members of the community and relatives of the nine people who died in the horrific collision that occurred in 2009 on Metro's Red Line, recently broke ground at a site that will pay homage to the victims.

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Jack Green, 71, Virginia Newspaper Publisher, Dies

Jack J. Green, founder and publisher of The Richmond Voice newspaper, died Thursday from a chronic lung-related illness at a Virginia hospital. He was 71.

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Library of Congress Acquires 'HistoryMakers' Video Collection

The Library of Congress has acquired a video archive of thousands of hours of interviews from the "HistoryMakers" program, which captures and documents African-American history and culture.

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Free Meals for D.C.'s Disadvantaged Youth

D.C. youths in need of nutritious meals and snacks can now get them for free at more than 300 sites citywide through the District's summer meals program.

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Principal Turnovers Reflect Poorly on Schools

The plan calls for jump-starting the 2014-15 school year with not just the best teachers, but also with the best principals. However, there will likely be a repeat cycle of leadership instability within the District of Columbia Public Schools system.

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D.C. EDUCATION BRIEFS: Test Scores Banned from 2014-15 Evaluations

Chancellor Kaya Henderson has announced that student test scores won't be used for teachers' 2014-15 performance evaluations.

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P.G. County Briefs: Board Approves Charter Recommendation

Despite parental objections, the Prince George's County Board of Education has approved schools CEO Kevin Maxwell's recommendation for a charter school to lease a vacant elementary school in Forestville, Maryland.

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D.C. Program Aims to Reduce Children's ER Visits

D.C.'s largest Medicaid-managed care organization recently launched a program to help parents better diagnose common childhood illness, part of an effort to stem children's visits to emergency rooms.

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Banneker Graduates Challenged to Persevere

The newest graduates of Banneker High School wouldn't have made it without the support of their parents, teachers, administrators and others.

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P.G. County Briefs: New Playground at Seabrook Elementary

The Seabrook Elementary School community in Upper Marlboro has been revitalized with a new playground recently built on the school grounds.

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EDUCATION BRIEFS: Junior Solar Sprint

Hundreds of students, teachers and families gathered late last month at Friendship Public Charter School's Blow Pierce campus in Northeast to watch some of the brightest students in grades 4-8 who live in the District, Maryland and Virginia compete in the regional Junior Solar Sprint race.

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DCPS Reaches Agreements with Unions

Roughly 2,400 D.C. public schools employees can expect to receive a salary increase as the result of new agreements reached with three local union partners.

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Psychologist Wants to Purchase Closed HBCU

Umar Johnson, long considered an expert on the educational needs of young black males, has expressed intent to purchase Saint Paul's College, a 126-year-old historically black institution in Lawrenceville, Virginia, that closed last June and has been eyed as a possible federal haven for immigrant children.

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Marion Barry Tells His Own Story in New Book

D.C. Council member and former mayor Marion S. Barry says he decided to tell his own story after growing tired of the way the media depicted his life.

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Trial Delayed in FAMU Hazing Death

The final five people charged in the 2011 hazing death of the Florida A&M University marching band's drum major have had their trial — which was slated to begin next week — postponed until September.

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Barry Farm, Wade Road Residents to Protest Demolition Plans

Residents from the Barry Farm public housing units and Wade Road apartments in Southeast will converge on the DC Zoning Commission's Northwest headquarters Monday evening to oppose demolition plans for their communities.

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Board Approves Recommendation for CMIT Academy

The Prince George's County Board of Education has approved schools CEO Kevin Maxwell's recommendation to allow a charter school to lease a vacant elementary school in Forestville, despite parental objections.

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B. Smith Reveals She Has Alzheimer's

B. Smith, former model, home decorator, designer and restauranteur, has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, she announced Sunday.

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P.G. County Briefs: Reading Challenge

Washington Redskins wide receiver Pierre Garcon recently made a surprise visit to Overlook Elementary School in Suitland-Silver Hill, Maryland, where he congratulated students on placing third in the "Redskins Read Book Challenge."

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Bowser to Retain Henderson as Schools Chancellor

D.C. public schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson will retain her post if Democratic mayoral nominee Muriel Bowser wins in November.

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Raymond Boone Remembered for Fairness, Integrity

Hundreds of friends, colleagues and family members came from near and far Tuesday to pay their final respects to Raymond Boone, the founder and publisher of The Richmond Free Press.

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Lil' Kim Becomes a Mom

Lil' Kim, rap's self-proclaimed "Queen Bee," has become a mom for the first time at age 38.

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Warrick Recommended for Grambling State University Post

Cynthia Warrick, a 16-year veteran in the field of higher education, has been recommended to serve as interim president of Grambling State University in Louisiana.

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D.C. Reports Decline in Childhood Obesity, School Violence

D.C.'s children are making improvements in changing dangerous and unhealthy behaviors and curbing school violence, a biennial survey shows.

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Memorial Service for Maya Angelou Will Be Shown Live Online Saturday

A memorial service for world-renowned poet and author Maya Angelou will be held Saturday at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

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