Prestigious High School Sued Over Gifted Program’s Underrepresentation of Blacks and Latinos

One of the most prestigious high schools in the US is being sued by the Coalition of the Silence, a minority advocacy group, and the NAACP for discrimination against black and Latino children. On July 23, 2012 the two organizations filed the federal civil rights lawsuit against Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology.

“Poor Latino kids are not being identified [for gifted programs], and I worry part of that is language,” said Martina Hone, a representative of the Collation of the Silence. “African-American kids are not being identified. I’m worried that’s race.”

In their lawsuit, the NAACP and the Coalition of the Silence claim that Fairfax County – where the school is located in Alexandria, VA – “essentially operates a network of separate and unequal schools [and] for decades, these students have been grossly and disproportionately underrepresented in admission to the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology.” Read the rest of this entry »

Parents Outraged Over “Slave” Math Problems

notebook and calaculatorParents of students at a school in Norcross, Ga. are fuming at the Gwinnett County School District’s response to reports of a racially controversial math worksheet.

Third-graders at Beaver Ridge Elementary School received a math worksheet that used the following word problems, which referred to slavery:

-“Each tree had 56 oranges. If eight slaves pick them equally, then how much would each slave pick?”

-“If Frederick got two beatings per day, how many beatings did he get in one week?”

District spokesperson Sloan Roach said that teachers were trying to integrate social studies lessons into the math worksheet for a “cross-curricular activity.” However, Roach said that she admits slavery was not a good topic to choose.

“This is simply a case of creating a bad question,” she said.

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NAACP Holds Education Summit to Address Resegregation

NAACP President Benjamin Todd Jealous, Photo Credit: CNN

For the first time in three years the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) will gather in Raleigh, North Carolina for an education summit.

The summit will last for three days (Thursday, December 2, 2010 through Saturday, December 4, 2010) and is named after the honorable Daisy Bates. Bates, the former president of the Arkansas State Conference of the organization, is the adviser to the student group, the Little Rock Nine. The Little Rock Nine were African-American students who attended the Little Rock Central High School in 1957. The student group is considered to have contributed greatly to the African-American Civil Rights Movement as they were successfully integrated into a previously all-Caucasian school on Wednesday, September 25, 1957, although the group had to be escorted in by United States Army troops of the 101st Airborne Division to ensure their safety.

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Proposed School Closings Incite Protest in Charlotte

CMSchoolPolice officers were needed to clear angry protesters out of a Charlotte Mecklenburg School Board meeting on Tuesday night. The protesters were upset by the recommendation that several local schools in low-income neighborhoods be shut down. The list of Charlotte, N.C., school closings includes Amay James Elementary, Irwin Ave Elementary, Lincoln Heights Elementary, Oakhurst Elementary, John Taylor Williams Middle School, Spaugh Middle School and Wilson Middle School.

The crowd chanted, “no justice, no peace” until members of the school board were forced to leave the meeting, reports WBTV. Outside, Rev. Kojo Nantambu, president of the Charlotte chapter of the NAACP, voiced a scathing criticism of the board’s proposal. “All they care about is the upper middle class and wealthy white folk,” he said. “They’re not interested in trying to satisfy poor parents, black parents and minority parents. They don’t do that kind of crap out in the suburbs. Those people can call and say what they want and they’ll get it. These people in the inner city, we have to raise holy hell and fight and we still don’t get it.”

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Bryant Gumbel Education Background

Bryant GumbelBryant Gumbel was born to Richard and Rhea Gumbel on September 29, 1948 in New Orleans. He graduated in 1970 from Bates College in Maine.

Gumbel began his television career in 1972 when he landed the sportscaster job on KNBC-TV of Los Angeles. From 1975 until 1982, Gumbel hosted numerous sporting events for NBC Sports and was a sought after sports anchor.

He landed the job he is most famous for while he filled in as a substitute for Jane Pauley on the Today Show. The producers offered him the job as co-anchor opposite Jane Pauley, a job which lasted from 1982 until 1997. When he left the Today show, he headed to CBS and hosted the Early Show where he stayed until 2002. Read the rest of this entry »


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