LeBron’s Education Philanthropy Fuels School Choice

LeBron’s Education Philanthropy Fuels School Choice

By CultureBanx Team

  • LeBron’s I Promise school population is 60% black

  • Public school choice often leads to a variety of education models

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Basketball great LeBron “King” James’ I Promise school is doing exactly what its name implies by helping to close the education achievement gap. His educational philanthropy allowed 90% of students at the school to meet or exceeded individual growth goals in reading and math. Can these type of scores be replicated through school choice across the country in similar economically impoverished areas?

Why This Matters: Education choice breaks the arbitrary link between a child’s housing and the school he or she can attend. With the I Promise school’s 60% black population and nearly 75% of its families are low income, they are proving why this model is so important. Not to mention 90% of I Promise students who met their goals exceeded the 70% of students districtwide, which the district said showed that students’ test scores increased at a higher rate than 99 out of 100 schools nationally.

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Black Millennials Bet on School Choice

Black Millennials Bet on School Choice

By Alexandra Bacchus

  • Black millennials value school choice in an effort to achieve education equality

  • 79% of African-Americans support voucher programs that send low-income students to private schools

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Low confidence in the effectiveness of standard public schools is driving minority parents, and black parents specifically, to support school choice through charter schools and voucher programs. The problem is that not all parents in low-income communities have the bandwidth or knowledge to pursue alternative options for their children’s education.

Why This Matters: Voucher programs that use government funding to send low-income students to private schools are supported by 79% of African-Americans. That percentage drops to 65% when asked about voucher programs for all income levels, showing that African-Americans don’t necessarily see it as an option that all students should have access to once they are out of low-income communities.

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Is School Choice the Black Choice?

Is School Choice the Black Choice?

By The74

  • School Choice advocates seek to offer alternative methods of education for black students

  • Three-quarters of Atlanta Public Schools’ 52,000 students are black

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An impassioned discussion on school choice that shook a Morehouse College auditorium and brought several attendees to their feet was led by broadcast journalist Roland Martin. These gatherings seek to engage black families and stakeholders on issues of educational equity, student achievement, and parent involvement. So is school choice the black choice?

Roland Martin moderates the panel for "Is School Choice the Black Choice" at Morehouse College

Why This Matters: The fiery debate may have offered the contentious narrative that the black community is battling itself on school choice. Atlanta charter school founder Gavin Samms said it was quite the opposite, and that the African-American community must work together to set a specific agenda for their children.

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Afrocentric Schools Take Center Stage in NYC

Afrocentric Schools Take Center Stage in NYC

By CultureBanx Team

  • NYC Afrocentric schools aim to empower black children

  • Brooklyn Afrocentric schools have 2,300 students enrolled

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In New York City’s 1,800 public schools, many have specialized themes like engineering, math and fine arts. Now an alternative choice for schools is popping up dedicated to servicing the African American community. Schools that incorporate an Afrocentric approach are more prevalent in large urban education systems disproportionately populated by African American students, and aim to empower black children in ways that traditional schools in America historically have not.

Why This Matters: Ember Charter School is one such educational institution in Brooklyn specifically designed for black children and comes at a time when the education gap is widening, as the New York Times points out. . There are more than 12 of these new age Afrocentric private and charter schools scattered across Brooklyn. They have around 2,300 students enrolled, tend to have high graduation rates and standardized test scores, compared to the city average.

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How to Spot Cultural Identity In Your Child’s Classroom

How to Spot Cultural Identity In Your Child’s Classroom

By The74

  • In education everyone may not be tuned in to their cultural biases

  • Black experiences should always be part of our educational discussions

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Many parents seek the best schools, the best neighborhoods, and the best opportunities for their children. Cultural identity is crucial, but how do you spot it in your child’s classroom and what do you do when it’s not there?

Why This Matters: Black parents typically have to ask themselves a myriad of extra questions when it comes to their child’s education, especially when it’s clear that our the kid will be the minority in the group. Some of them focus on how will this opportunity, place, or person impact my children’s cultural identity? Will examples or samples that look like my children show up in the learning and/or experiences? If so, how? And is this culturally affirming?

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