Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Have Black Girls Been Overlooked?; Better Educated Black ParentsProduce Better Educated Black Children; Interview for Apprenticeship withPipefitters; Million Father March 2014;

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"Have Black Girls Been Overlooked?"
Better Black Parents, Better Students
Pipefitters Recruiting A Few Good Men and Women
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"Have Black Girls Been Overlooked?"
By Dr. Jawanza Kunjufu
Only 18 percent of Black girls are proficient in READING!
Only 13 percent are proficient in MATH!
Twenty-one percent are retained!
Twelve percent are suspended!
Why are 8 percent expelled?
The dropout rate is 40%!
What is your school doing to improve test scores for Black Girls?
What is your school doing to reduce the suspension and dropout rate?
What is your school doing to make Black girls feel special?
Order "EDUCATING BLACK GIRLS" for all staff members!
Dr. Jawanza Kunjufu is available to in-service your staff
on the plight of Black Girls. Simply contact us to secure your date.
Click Here to Read Full Article, "Have Black Girls Been Overlooked?" by Dr. Jawanza Kunjufu
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By Michael Holzman
June 30, 2014
The U.S. Department of Education's National Assessment of Educational Progress periodically measures literacy skills at grades four, eight, and 12.
The results are reported at four levels: At Basic and below Basic; at Proficient and at Advanced for each grade level. As reading is the basis for all other education, and as by grade eight schooling has had ample time to be effective, grade eight reading proficiency can be taken as a good indicator of the quality of education available to students.
The quality of the data made available by NAEP allows us to identify those factors most significant in determining whether a child will grow up in the virtuous circle of good educational opportunities and class mobility, or the vicious circle of poor educational opportunities and caste sedimentation.
In 1992, nine percent of black students in grade eight read at the Proficient level and for all practical purposes no black students read at the Advanced level. Twenty-one years later, in 2013, 16 percent of black students read at the Proficient level in grade eight and one percent read at the Advanced level. Although the percentage of black students reading a grade level or above in grade eight has doubled, 83 percent of African American students still read below the level expected at grade eight.
According to U.S. Department of Education data for the 2011-12 school year, the most recent available, there were 586,231 black students and in eighth grade. Therefore, there were nearly half a million black students reading below grade level and almost exactly 100,000 black students reading at or above grade level in grade eight, which is one-third the number that would be expected if Black students had equal educational opportunities to those afforded white students.
Black students who reported that their parents who had graduated from high school were at or above grade level 9 percent of the time in 2013. For black students who said that their parents had some education after high school, 21 percent were at Proficient or above in 2013. The black children of college graduates were at or above grade level 22 percent of the time.
Twenty percent of black students, without regard to family income or parental education attainment, attending schools in the suburbs, as compared to 14 percent in city schools, read at or above grade level.
Twenty-two percent of black eighth graders whose parents had completed college were at least proficient readers as compared to 8 percent of those whose parents had not completed high school.
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The Black Star Project
is sponsoring an introduction to Pipefitting for candidates for the next class of Pipefitters
with Mr. Adam Sutter of
CHICAGO Pipefitters LOCAL 597
Wednesday July 9, 2014, 6:30pm
The Black Star Project
3509 South King Drive
Chicago, Illinois

Applicants must:
  • be at least 17 years of age to apply and 18 years old to be accepted into the program
  • have a high school diploma or GED, valid driver's license and a birth certificate
  • be able to express their desire and commitment to starting a successful career in the Trades
  • be able to work in the United States legally
An applicant does not have to have any experience but if they do that is a plus. Please call 773.285.9600 for more information about this opportunity and to RSVP/register for this session. Only 20 candidates will be admitted to this introductory session. Attending this session does not guarantee that you will become an apprentice! Additional review and evaluation, beyond this session, will occur.
Join the 2014
Million Father March
630 Cities Participated in the
2013 Million Father March!!!
Every Father and Every Man and Every School in America Should Participate in the Million Father March on the First Day of School!!!
Call 773.285.9600 to lead the effort in your city. Women should encourage and support men in this effort. Women can also take the lead. We will give you everything you need to create a successful Million Father March in your city or at your school.
Meet the 2014 Class of
Black Male Achievement Fellows

Recently, Echoing Green announced 55 individuals, across 42 organizations, as its 2014 Fellowship class, including 33 Global Fellows, 10 Black Male Achievement Fellows and 12 Climate Fellows. This year's class will receive a collective total of nearly $4 million in seed funding, representing the largest-ever class of Fellows.
The 2014 Fellows will receive business support, consulting opportunities and mentorship - in addition to seed funding - to help them launch their organizations and affect social change.
This year's Black Male Achievement Fellows make up the third annual class, selected in partnership with the Open Society Foundations Campaign for Black Male Achievement.
Click Here to See Biographies of All Ten 2014 Black Male Achievement Fellows
Join The Black Star
Community PTA (BSCPTA)
The BSCPTA was chartered as part of the National PTA in 2009. The community PTA model is a growing trend designed to address larger issues such as poverty, crime and inequality in the educational system that are far too often seen in marginalized communities and have a profoundly negative impact on students' educational outcomes.
The BSCPTA is recruiting 500 members from around. You can become a member of the BSCPTA by sending your membership dues of $10.00 from anywhere in the country to:
Black Star Community PTA
3509 South King Drive
Chicago, Illinois 60653
or call 773.285.9600 for more information. Please include your name, address, email and phone number with each membership. For more information about the National PTA, visit www.pta.org.
Click Here to Learn How to Establish a Community PTA
Girls Need Mentoring Too!!!
The Black Star Project
Begins Mentoring Girls
Bring Your Girls 9 to 14 Years Old
Thursdays, 6:30 pm, FREE!
The Black Star Project
3509 South King Drive
Chicago, Illinois
Parents should call 773.285.9600 to enroll their daughters, granddaughters or nieces into this program.

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