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Marching For Jena 6 Justice in Louisiana

Posted by DallasBlackBlog on Thursday, September 20, 2007

10:21 AM CDT, September 20, 2007

JENA, La. – In a mile-long procession, tens of thousands of civil rights demonstrators from around the nation marched this morning from the courthouse of this racially embattled town to the schoolyard where nooses were hung from a tree last year as a warning to black students.

Chanting “No justice, no peace,” the black-clad demonstrators walked down quiet residential streets as homeowners somberly watched from their front steps, their arms crossed in front of them.

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Scapegoat: How Supt. Michael Hinojosa Escaped Blame in the Dallas ISD Credit Card Scandal

Posted by DallasBlackBlog on Thursday, September 20, 2007

By Jim Schutze Dallas Observer

Published: September 20, 2007

  • Michael Hinojosa had two years to clean up the credit-card mess.

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Posted in Dallas Achieves, Dallas Education, Dallas ISD, Dallas ISD P-Card, DISD, DISD Credit Card Scandal, DISD P-Card, DISD Trustees, Education, Education Reform, Public Education, Sherri Brokaw Dallas ISD, Supt. Michael Hinojosa, Urban Education | Leave a Comment »

Dallas ISD Board Meeting Today Behind Closed Doors Might Violate Texas Open Meetings Act

Posted by DallasBlackBlog on Wednesday, September 19, 2007

A scheduled Dallas ISD meeting of Trustees today raises several questions about the legality of the meeting under the Texas Open Meetings Act.

The Texas Open Meetings Act was passed to protect the right of the public to observe and be fully informed about public business conducted by public bodies.

A discussion of Trustee differences clearly falls within the concept of public business since the discussion relates to the differences of elected Trustees acting in their official role as Trustees.

Any such discussion should be open and public – not secret and hidden.

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Posted in African American Politics, Black Politics, Dallas Achieves, Dallas Education, Dallas Elected Officials, Dallas ISD, DISD, DISD Trustees, Education, Jack Lowe, Politics, Public Education, Texas Open Meetings Act, Urban Education | Leave a Comment »

New York City Wins 2007 Broad Prize in Education

Posted by DallasBlackBlog on Tuesday, September 18, 2007

By ELIZABETH GREEN
Staff Reporter of the Sun
September 18, 2007 updated 10:25 am EDT

New York City has won the nation’s most prestigious prize for urban education, known as the Broad Prize.

The announcement by the Broad Foundation is expected at noon today in Washington, D.C. Mayor Bloomberg, the city schools chancellor, Joel Klein, and the president of the city teachers union, Randi Weingarten, are scheduled to attend the announcement, spokesmen for the leaders said.

The prize was established in 2002 by the Los Angeles philanthropist Eli Broad to honor urban school systems that narrow gaps between racial groups and boost the performance of poor students. It relies heavily on test score data to determine which school systems are named finalists.

A member of the prize’s jury told The New York Sun that he favored the city above the four other finalists because of its sheer size — with 1.1 million students and 1,450 schools, the public school system here is the largest in the nation — and its progress in closing the racial achievement gap.

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A Conversation About Education

Posted by DallasBlackBlog on Sunday, September 16, 2007

A Conversation About Education

Posted in African American Education, Black Education, Dallas Education, Dallas ISD, Desegregation, DISD, Dr. James Davis, Education, Education Reform, High-Stakes Testing, J. L. Turner Legal Association, Judge Sam Lindsay, NCLB, No Child Left Behind, Public Education, State Senator Royce West, Supt. Michael Hinojosa, U.S. Supreme Court, Urban Education, Yvonne Ewell Townview Center | Leave a Comment »

Charles Hamilton Houston Institute Hosts Panel On Racial Integration In Public Schools

Posted by DallasBlackBlog on Sunday, September 16, 2007

September 7, 2007

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Lawyers George Hayes,
Thurgood Marshall,
and James M. Nabrit
join hands outside
the U.S. Supreme Court
to celebrate Brown vs. Education.

The Supreme Court’s recent rulings overturning desegregation plans by school districts in Seattle and Louisville were the focus of a special panel discussion sponsored by Harvard Law School’s Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice on September 6.

In June, a sharply divided Court restricted the ability of public school districts to use race to determine which schools students can attend, a decision that could severely limit integration programs nationwide. The justices split along ideological grounds, with five justices ruling that the school placement schemes under review violated the Constitution’s guarantee of equal protection.

Like most of the analysis since the decision, the panel discussion focused on the concurring opinion filed by Justice Anthony M. Kennedy ’61, who cast the deciding vote with the court’s conservatives to strike down the school plans but specifically declined to follow key parts of the plurality opinion written by Chief Justice John Roberts, Jr. ’79.

Kennedy wrote: “Parts of the opinion by the Chief Justice imply an all-too-unyielding insistence that race cannot be a factor in instances when, in my view, it may be taken into account. The plurality opinion is too dismissive of the legitimate interest government has in ensuring all people have equal opportunity regardless of their race.

Justice Kennedy’s concurring opinion has become a source of hope for those who support racial integration efforts, said panelist Nadine Cohen, staff counsel on the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law of the Boston Bar Association. “The idea that we can be color-blind in our education policies really ignores the reality of life and race in America today,” she said. “I think Justice Kennedy has left a window open for us, and we need to climb through that window, but not by contorting desegregation programs we know have worked.”

Another panelist, Anurima Bhargava, director of the education group in the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, said Kennedy’s opinion served as a “stop-gap” against the majority opinion, which would have otherwise gone a lot further towards outlawing desegregation efforts in public schools.

Cynthia Valenzuela, director of litigation for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund, admitted that the Court’s decision has already made it more difficult for public school districts in Arizona and California to implement desegregation policies. Latinos in particular have already faced more public school segregation since the ruling, she said.

Other panelists included: Dennis Parker from the American Civil Liberties Union, Khin Mai Aung from the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, and john a. powell from the Kirwan Institute for Race and Ethnicity.

The panel event also commemorated Charles Hamilton Houston’s 112th Birthday. Professor Charles Ogletree, the Houston Institute’s executive director, and Charles Hamilton Houston, Jr. were on hand to unveil a portrait of the Institute’s namesake. It will hang at Harvard Law School.

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Race Cannot Be Ignored In Closing The Achievement Gap In Public Education

Posted by DallasBlackBlog on Sunday, September 16, 2007

Narrowing the achievement gap in schools requires acknowledging race, not ignoring it.

September 16, 2007

The achievement gap between African American and Latino students and their white peers is stark and persistent. It has existed for decades, and it’s growing more pronounced. The data refute what would be reassuring explanations. The gaps in reading and math test scores are not due to income disparities, nor are they attributable to parents’ educational levels. The simple fact is that most black and brown children do not do as well in school as most whites.

The data also show, however, that African American and Latino children are excelling in schools scattered throughout California and the nation, suggesting that the achievement gap is not intractable. Rather, there is a profound disconnect between what we say are high expectations for children of color and the quality of education delivered to them in the classroom.

All of which leads to an uncomfortable but important conclusion: If a less-stratified society is desirable, we must be prepared to design educational programs that explicitly take race into account, that address African American and Latino students specifically and that openly recognize that we are not a single society when it comes to the needs of our children.

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Prosecutors Say Former Texas Southern University President Priscilla Slade Charged TSU for $100,000 Bar Tab

Posted by DallasBlackBlog on Thursday, September 13, 2007

By BRIAN ROGERS
Copyright 2007 Houston Chronicle

Ousted TSU President Priscilla Slade racked up a $100,000 bar tab at Scott Gertner’s Skybar and Grille during her tenure and stuck Texas Southern University with the bill, prosecutors said Wednesday.TSU routinely paid for $100 bottles of wine for Slade and drinks for her friends and staff, despite a prohibition at that time on state monies being spent on alcohol, Assistant District Attorney Donna Goode said.

Slade’s former executive assistant, Erica Vallier, said that the rules for purchasing have since changed, but at the time, Slade told her not to worry about the prohibition. She said her boss drank bottles of Far Niente with her friends and staff at expensive bars, such as the Four Seasons bar and the Skybar.

Slade led the historically black university from 1999 to 2005, after being pressed into service from her post as the dean of the business school.

Slade is on trial on charges of misapplication of fiduciary property of more than $200,000, accused of spending school money on personal expenses. If convicted, she faces a punishment ranging from probation to life in prison.

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No Child Left Behind Designed For Failure

Posted by DallasBlackBlog on Thursday, September 13, 2007

Federal standards doomed, association president says

Doug Carroll
The Arizona Republic
Sept. 13, 2007 11:53 AM

Teachers from three Gilbert Unified School District high schools that failed to make “adequate yearly progress” in 2006-07 say federal standards are more about accounting than accountability.

 

“The way the rules are set up, it’s designed for failure,” said Mike Weaver, president of the Gilbert Education Association and a vocational education teacher at Gilbert High.

“This is bean counting. It’s not accountability. We take our responsibility seriously as teachers, and we want the support to fulfill that.”

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Dallas ISD Supt. Michael Hinojosa To Hold Briefing on Dallas Achieves Program

Posted by DallasBlackBlog on Wednesday, September 12, 2007

The Dallas Independent School District Superintendent of Schools Michael Hinojosa and key staff members will provide an update on the Dallas Achieves! Transformation Plan during a round table briefing on Wednesday, September 12, at 1 P.M., in room 105 of the Dallas ISD Administration Building, 3700 Ross Avenue.

Jack Lowe, president of the Dallas ISD Board of Trustees; Marcia Page, President and CEO of the Foundation for Community Empowerment; and representatives from Boston Consulting Group will also attend.

Posted in Boston Consulting Group, Dallas Achieves, Dallas Education, Dallas ISD, DISD, Education, Education Reform, Foundation For Community Empowerment, Jack Lowe, Supt. Michael Hinojosa, Urban Education | Leave a Comment »