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Have Black Girls Been Overlooked . . .

Why Are 40 Percent of Black Females Dropping Out?

Black news from Pasadena - Commentary - Black female dropoutsWhy has America and the Black community been silent about this epidemic? We hear so much about the 47 percent dropout rate among Black males, but I believe a 40 percent dropout rate among Black females is outrageous and unacceptable. Black males may be on life support, but Black females are in critical condition.

What are the factors causing so many Black girls to leave school? Could one factor be that only 18 percent of Black girls by eighth grade are proficient in reading? Could another factor be that only 13 percent are proficient in math by eighth grade? What about the fact that 21 percent of Black girls are retained at least once? How does retention affect the psyche of Black girls? What effect does Black girls' suspension rate of 12 percent have on their dropout rate? Black girls' pregnancy rate had been considered a factor in their dropout rate. But then in-school and alternative school programs emerged.

Are these programs succeeding at helping young Black mothers join the ranks of college students?

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All Students Benefit from Minority Teachers

Washington, D.C. - (NNPA) – Despite the cry from people of color for more teachers who look like them, both Whites and Blacks benefit from a more diverse teaching force, according to a study by Center of American Progress.

". . . A study of the relationship between the presence of African American teachers in schools and African American students' access to equal education in schools found that fewer African Americans were placed in special-education classes, suspended, or expelled when they had more teachers of color, and that more African American students were placed in gifted and talented programs and graduated from high school," stated the report.

Teachers of color also have, "an affinity for infusing their classrooms with culturally relevant experiences and examples, setting high academic expectations, developing trusting student-teacher relationships, and serving as cultural and linguistic resources—as well as advocates, mentors, and liaisons—for students' families and communities."

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Educating Young Minds Celebrated 16th Annual Scholarship Awards Gala and Programs . . .

. . . And Pledged More Than $100,000 in College Scholarships and Laptops to EYM Senior
-- Empowering our youth with the desire to succeed --

Black news from Pasadena - Education - Educating Young Minds scholarships

(l - r): Frank Robinson, Union Bank; Quentin Strode, Strode & Associates; Julius Robinson, Union Bank; Adrian Baca, Attorney at Law; Darrell Smith, The Africa Channel; Carl Ballton, Union Bank; Brian Williams, Junior Achievement; Richard Brown, Educating Young Minds.  [Photo credit: Ian Foxx.]

 Los Angeles, CA (BlackNews.com) -- On Saturday, June 21th, 2014, Educating Young Minds celebrated its 16th Annual Scholarship Awards Gala at the LAX Marriott Hotel in Los Angeles, California at 6:00 pm. The red-carpet scholarship awards gala was supported by Toyota, City National Bank, US Bank, SCE, Union Bank, Los Angeles Scholars Investment Fund, Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, Councilman & former California Senator Curren Price, and many others. The Scholarship Awards ceremony was directed and produced by film, television & theatre star Obba Babatunde.

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