The Fight To Keep The DuSable Museum Serving the Black Community;Senators Lightford and Collins Promote Pathway to Apprenticeship; AttendThe Black Star Community PTA Meeting; Fewer Black Teachers in ChicagoSchools
URGENT!!!! Emergency meeting about the DuSable Museum's future at
the Center for Inner City Studies (700 E. Oakwood Blvd. - 3946 south, Chicago,
Illinois) at 6:00 pm CST, Monday, July 20, 2015. All are
State Senators Kimberly Lightford, Jacqueline
Collins and the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus Invite those Interested to
Monday, July 20, 2015, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
at Dawson Technical Institute, 3901 South State Street, Chicago, Illinois.
Please call 708.343.7444 or 773.224.2830 for more information.
The Family and Community that Educates Together,
Parents, Educators and Community Members Should Attend
The Black Star
Community PTA Meeting
for the Next School Year
Tutoring and Mentoring Programs for Children
Million Father March 2015
Saturday, July 25, 2015,
9:30 am to 11:00 am
at The Black Star Project
3509 South King Drive
Please call 773.285.9600 for more
Why are there fewer
Black teachers in
Just 15 years
go, 40 percent teachers in CPS schools were black. Today, it's 23
A few weeks before the school
year ends, Taree Porter leads word drills with her second graders and reads a
Judy Blume classic amid the din of giggles.
Porter, a teacher for 14 years, is black and comes from
a family of Chicago Public Schools educators.
Just 15 years go, 40 percent
teachers in CPS schools were black. Today, it's 23 percent. Many black students
are segregated into majority black schools-like National Teachers Academy in the
South Loop, where Porter teaches.
The fact that she's among a
dwindling demographic isn't lost on Porter. And all this change didn't occur in
a vacuum. Modern education reform in Chicago started in 1995 and ramped up in
the following years.
face of Chicago Public Schools teachers is changing: the teaching workforce is
whiter and less experienced. Meanwhile, most of the students in Chicago's public
schools are Hispanic and African American. Black enrollment has gone down, but
black students still make up 39 percent of the district.
Chicago Teachers Union researcher
Pavlyn Jankov says more and more schools are like Porter's -- mostly black
students, mostly white teachers. And he said it didn't happen by chance.
"It lines up with the huge
proliferation of charter schools and those schools along with the AUSL
turnaround schools are mainly responsible for the staff who are predominately
teachers with perhaps one to five years experience and predominantly white
teachers," Jankov said.
Northwestern University sociologist Mary Pattillo says
the decline of black teachers has consequences inside and outside the
"When you have big teacher
layoffs or you have a decline in the number of black teachers, that could
destabilize some of the neighborhoods that are most well-known as Chicago's
black middle-class neighborhoods -- places like Chatham and Pill Hill and parts
of South Shore and parts of Auburn-Gresham, and those kind of neighborhoods
could be negatively affected by declines in the teaching profession," she
Williams: Improving black education is a complicated
June 14, 2015
Last summer's Ferguson, Missouri,
disturbances revealed while blacks were 67 percent of its population, only three
members of its 53-officer police force were black. Some might conclude such a
statistic is evidence of hiring discrimination. That's a possibility, but we
might ask what percentage of blacks met hiring qualifications on the civil
Are there hundreds of blacks in
Ferguson and elsewhere who achieve passing scores on civil service examinations
who are then refused employment? There is no evidence suggesting an affirmative
answer to that question.
According to the National
Assessment of Educational Progress, sometimes called the Nation's Report Card,
nationally, most black 12th-graders' test scores are either basic or below basic
in reading, writing, math and science. "Below basic" is the score received when
a student is unable to demonstrate even partial mastery of knowledge and skills
fundamental for proficient work at his grade level. "Basic" indicates only
partial mastery. Put another way, the average black 12th-grader has the academic
achievement level of the average white seventh- or eighth-grader. In some
cities, there's even a larger achievement gap.
Black students and their parents
believe their high-school diplomas are equivalent to those received by whites.
Therefore, differences in employment or college admittance outcomes are likely
to be seen as racial discrimination. The fact of business is if seventh- or
eighth-graders of any race compete with 12th-graders of any race on civil
service exams or the SAT, one should not be surprised by the outcome.
In terms of public policy, what
to do? It all depends on the assumptions, implicit or explicit, one makes about
black mental competency. If one assumes that blacks cannot academically compete
with whites, the "solution" is to eliminate the "disparate" impact of civil
service exams and college admittance requirements by dumbing them down or
eliminating them in order to achieve "diversity." I do not make that assumption,
so then what to do?
education establishment says more money is needed, but more money does not
produce higher quality. New York City spent $20,331 per student in fiscal 2013.
Washington, D.C., spent $17,953, and Baltimore allocated $15,050. Despite being
among the nation's highest-spending school districts, their education quality is
among the lowest. Parents, given vouchers and choice, could do a far superior
job in the education of their children - and at a cheaper
Questions: What if Black people could choose their
own teachers and their own heroes? What if Black people could focus on finance
and institution-building rather than sports and entertainment? What if Black
people taught their children about their history and culture rather than the
distractions and diversions of our society? Then you would have:
The Sunday University
On July 19, 2015, Professor
Mark Allen spoke about Historical Black
Wall Street in Tulsa, Oklahoma and the Recreation of Black Wall Street in every Black community in the
Professor Mark Allen - (seated center), spoke eloquently and radically
about Black economic power.
773.285.9600 to RSVP, for more information or to create a Sunday University in
Black Men Make Smart
Becoming an Athlete
America in too many households' sports and entertainment have been too much the
focus of too many of our children. Many of them have unrealistic dreams of
becoming professional athletes. Rather than seeing, hearing and watching the
rags-to-riches stories where underprivileged athletes reach the Promised Land by
way of their talents. The undeniable stories are of the many who never make it,
which, resonates deeper in the fabric of America than most want to
In this book, I
hope to impart some real experiences, exercises and a blue print that can help
you reach your full potential but also information that will help you accept the
fact that athletics are not the only path there is for a worthwhile and
wonderful life. You can become greater than you ever imagined even if you do not
make it as a professional athlete you can make it as a professional person!
Please share with your contacts and support this movement to create a generation
For information on how to get your copy (s) of the book,
send me an email @ firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you
for your support.
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