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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Rethinking The Minority Teacher Pipeline

Rethinking The Minority Teacher Pipeline

By The74

  • 40% of America’s public schools don’t have a single educator of color

  • Black students are more likely to attend college if they have a black teacher in grades 3-5

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A teacher trainer at a historically black college found that officials were eager to hire her students, but skeptical of the quality of the teacher preparation they’re receiving. This only plays deeper into the fact that 40% of America’s public schools don’t have a single educator of color. This tension prompted Cassandra Herring to recently launch the Branch Alliance for Educator Diversity, or BranchED, a new nonprofit designed to support minority-serving institutions with teacher preparation programs.

Why This Matters: In 2016, the U.S. Department of Education removed the requirement that teacher preparation programs “maintain a high bar of selectivity” for applicants, a step it said was intended to “allow programs to recruit a more diverse student body.” The challenge of non-diverse teachers is not unique to public schools, experts say, and is shared across institutions of higher education that serve significant percentages of minority students, schools designated by the federal government as minority-serving institutions.

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Diddy’s Charter School Initiative Preps for More Capital

Diddy’s Charter School Initiative Preps for More Capital

By CultureBanx Team

  • Sean “Diddy” Combs expands his partnership with Capital Prep charter schools

  • Capital Prep Bronx will open in September 2019

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Harlem born music mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs expanded his partnership with Capital Prep charter schools, a network to help underserved communities with a $1 million pledge to increase their educational reach. With this latest financial contribution the school has been approved to expand to a third location in the Bronx.

Why This Matters: Capital Prep already has locations in Harlem and Bridgeport, CT. They’re aiming to open more campuses so they can provide more than 2,100 students with access to a higher affirming education. The Bronx charter school location will initially open to 160 students in the 6th and 7th grade. Additionally, the school will grow to serve 650 students from sixth to eleventh grade during an initial five-year term.

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