Tuesday, July 21, 2015

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

The Fight for the DuSable Museum
Pathways to Apprenticeships
Fewer Black Teachers
Improving Black Education Is Complicated
Sunday University
So You Want To Be An Athlete?
The Fight to Keep
The DuSable Museum
of African American History
Serving The Black Community
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 invited/needed!
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State Senators Kimberly Lightford, Jacqueline Collins and the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus Invite those Interested to the

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,
Elevates Together
Parents, Educators and Community Members Should Attend the
The Black Star Community PTA Meeting
  • Preparing for the Next School Year
  • Summer Tutoring and Mentoring Programs for Children
  • The Million Father March 2015
Saturday, July 25, 2015,
9:30 am to 11:00 am
at The Black Star Project
3509 South King Drive
Chicago, Illinois
Please call 773.285.9600 for more information.
Why are there fewer
Black teachers in
Chicago Public
Just 15 years go, 40 percent teachers in CPS schools were black. Today, it's 23 percent.
By Natalie Moore
July 14, 2015
Taree Porter
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.
The 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 classroom.
"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 said.
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Williams: Improving black education is a complicated process
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 service examination.
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?
The 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 cost.

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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 U.S.
Professor Mark Allen - (seated center), spoke eloquently and radically about Black economic power.
On July 12, 2015, Professor Mark Sims spoke about understanding, earning, saving, investing, spending and endowing money.
Professor Marc Sims - (seated center) inspired the audience
to earn, save and invest money
Learn about the Best Arguments in Support of Reparations: Internal Reparations and External Reparations with Professor Kamm Howard of N'COBRA on Sunday, July 26, 2015
Kamm Howard - Professor of African-Centered Thinking, Logic and Action
Learn about Banking, Personal Finance and Young People, date to be determined
Otis Monroe - Professor of Banking Theory
All classes of
The Sunday University
will take place on
2:30 pm to 4:00 pm
after church, mosque or temple
The Black Star Project
3509 South King Drive
Chicago, Illinois

Please call 773.285.9600 to RSVP, for more information or to create a Sunday University in your city.
Helping Young Black Men Make Smart
Decisions About Becoming an Athlete
All across 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 admit.

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 of Professionals!!!
For information on how to get your copy (s) of the book, send me an email @ rorytedwards1@gmail.com. Thank you for your support.
Ask Your Schools, Your Faith Institutions, Your Governments to Join the 2015 Million Father March
Click Here to Register for the 2015 Million Father March
Click Here to see if your city has signed up for The 2015 Million Father March
Click Here to Learn More about the Million Father March or call 773.285.9600.
Join The Black Star Project in Support of Father Michael Pfleger for a Peace Walk on Friday, July 24, 2015, 7:00 pm, Meeting at St. Sabina Church, 1210 West 78th Place,
Chicago, Illinois

Join Us and Wear Orange for Peace In Chicago and PEACE In The Hood
Please call 773.285.9600 to join us.

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