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State education officials pledge to reduce discipline disparity between Black, white students | News

Public schools in West Virginia have suspended Black students at twice the rate of white students over the past five years, underscoring a disparity highlighted in 2015.

State education officials earlier this month pledged to partner with minority leaders, study the problem and review statewide discipline policies.

“We’re going to make sure that we’re providing for opportunities for mentoring processes in there, restorative practices in there, structures in there that our schools and districts can use,” said state Education Department official Drew McClanahan.

But the Rev. Matthew Watts, a long-time community activist on Charleston’s West Side, is skeptical. He has

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Biden Education nominee touted diversity speaker who claimed schools ‘spirit murder’ Black children

One of President-elect Biden’s top Education Department nominees hosted a diversity training during which she gave an “extremely complimentary” introduction to its featured speaker, who has accused public schools of “spirit murdering” of Black children.

Discovery Institute researcher Chris Rufo previously reported on the training, which took place under Unified San Diego School District Superintendent Cindy Marten, whom Biden named on Monday as his nominee for deputy secretary of education. An attendee’s notes and screenshots of the presentation allege the speaker, Dr. Bettina Love, accused schools of engaging in “spirit murder” and dehumanizing Black people. 

That attendee, who spoke on

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Teen birth rates decline another year, CDC report finds, but Black and Hispanic rates see less significant change

Overall teenage birth rates have fallen across the country, but women’s health care providers are concerned about the sharp disparities between white teenagers and teenagers of color.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a report Friday that found U.S. birth rates for women between the ages of 15 and 19 had declined in 38 states, 7% across the entire country in 2018. While white teenagers saw a significant decline in 29 states, Hispanic and Black teenagers saw a decline in only 10 states.

The report comes on the heels of a Supreme Court decision Wednesday that upheld a

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The US still does a wretched job of teaching Black history. An expert in African American history education explains how to fix it.

In American schools where Black history is taught, students often learn about historical figures including Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr, and Harriet Tubman. But studies have shown that Black history education is often inadequate, superficial, and misinterpreted.
In American schools where Black history is taught, students often learn about historical figures including Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr, and Harriet Tubman. But studies have shown that Black history education is often inadequate, superficial, and misinterpreted.

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  • The US doesn’t have federal requirements for teaching Black history in school curriculums, and only a handful of states have mandated it.

  • LaGarrett King, an African American History education expert and director of the Carter Center for K-12 Black History Education at the University of Missouri, told Insider about a few different ways educators can work to fix that.

  • Existing

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Rack Room Shoes Donates $1 Million to Black Education and Community Programs

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Rack Room Shoes is the latest in the growing list of high-profile footwear companies to take a stand in support of racial equality. The chain has committed to a $1 million donation, $200,000 per year for five years, to use towards a diversity plan that includes scholarships, internships, mentoring programs and other donations for education and economic development in the Black community.

According to the company, its diversity plan will also include implicit bias and acceptance of cultural differences training at its 500-plus stores and corporate offices.

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