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Dorothy Rowley

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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. 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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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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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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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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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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Services Set for Raymond Boone, Richmond Free Press Publisher

A funeral service for Raymond H. Boone Sr., founder and publisher of the Richmond Free Press, will be held June 10 at 12:30 p.m. in Richmond's New Deliverance Evangelistic Church.

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Rachel Jeantel Graduates High School

A year after testifying during the George Zimmerman trial on behalf of her close friend Trayvon Martin, Rachel Jeantel marched across a Miami auditorium stage recently to accept her high school diploma.

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Ballou Student Accepts Prestigious Peabody Award

There used to be a time when Rufus McDowney couldn't have cared less about school.

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EDUCATION BRIEFS: Third Annual New Heights Summit

The District Department of Human Services and the Student Support Center, in conjunction with the school system, invite the public to attend a summit on Wednesday, June 25 at the Columbia Heights Education Campus in Northwest.

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D.C.'s Streetcar Project Touted as 'Great' Economic Tool

It's been nearly three years since the D.C. Department of Transportation announced plans for the city's first street car system — in more than a half century — to roll along the H Street corridor in Northeast. But the multimillion-dollar economic development project, which could potentially create more than 7,000 jobs and as much as $8 billion of development for the city over a 10-year period, might finally get the green light this fall.

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D.C. Parents of Black, Latino Students to Hold Protest

Parents of African-American and Latino students in D.C. public schools will hold a demonstration Monday evening in protest of what they say is the systematic denial of their participation in education-related matters, particularly the mandated closings of 15 schools in low-income communities.

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National Spelling Bee Ends with Co-Champs

The nation's two top spellers literally took every word the Scripps National Spelling Bee could throw at them in Thursday night's championship round.

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Spelling Bee Contestant Keeps Winning Attitude

Once a winner, always a winner.