Created on Tuesday, 01 July 2014 11:56
It was a mistake … but it was well executed.
During a recent meeting of the Dallas County Commissioners Court last week, officials voted on an item called the “Juneteenth Resolution,” in reference to the annual commemoration of the day U.S. soldiers arrived in Texas to free slaves after the end of the Civil War (June 19, 1865). The only African-American commissioner, John Wiley Price, submitted the resolution. The resolution eventually came up for a voice vote and was passed unanimously.
But Price’s resolution addressed more than Juneteenth. Price’s resolution addressed everything from the injustices of slavery to Jim Crow laws to predatory lending practices that African Americans have been subjected to.
Created on Tuesday, 01 July 2014 11:37
The number of students in Tennessee who are meeting academic standards rose for the third year in a row, although at a slightly slower rate, according to the new state-wide data released by the Tennessee Department of Education today (July 1st). Students who took the state’s Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) tests showed small improvements on most tests, which continued the state’s upward trajectory of the past few years.
Some of the biggest gains highlighted were in math, where 19 percent more students scored proficient in Algebra II than in 2011 when the test was first administered. More students in grades 3 to 8 scored proficient than last year, but the pace of that growth has slowed. Around 100,000 more students across all grade levels are proficient in math in Tennessee than in 2010.
Created on Tuesday, 01 July 2014 11:07
A high school student in Queens, N.Y. now has the distinction of being her school’s first African-American valedictorian. The story is making national news, even though there are many trailblazers of a similar sort around the nation. But without regard to the context within which the story is being released, her achievement is nothing short of remarkable.
According to reporter Mona Rivera, Shanelle Davis is a senior at Benjamin Cardozo High School in the Bayside area.
“It’s an incredible honor. It’s still surreal to me,” she said.