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    New Teacher Evaluation System Challenged

    A recent study has challenged the use of a new “values-added” evaluation system for teachers, under which districts across the country depend on standardized test scores to monitor teacher performance. In most instances, teachers who...

    Texas Court Rules Against Divorce for Same-Sex Couple

    Two men who married in Massachusetts are finding it hard to get a divorce in Texas, where gay marriages—and, apparently, divorces—are not recognized by the state. The two men, named in court documents only...

    Former FAMU Band Director Dies at 91

    William P. Foster, the former Florida A&M University (FAMU) band leader dubbed the “Dean of America’s Band Directors,” died Aug. 28 at 91. Foster was noted for creating the FAMU Marching “100” and developing...

    Grambling Legends Make Donation to New Museum

    A group of celebrated Grambling State University alumni will donate $10,000 to the newly opened Eddie G. Robinson Museum in honor of the late coach and sports legend who revolutionized the school’s athletic program. The...

    Black Farmers Association Demands Action as Older Members Die

    Like thousands of other African-American farmers, Dick Morgan often faced difficulties accessing federal farm loans. He was among the Black farmers angered by the U.S. Senate’s failure to approve a nearly $5 billion settlement...

    Hispanic Civil Rights Pioneer Dies at 78

    Dr. Mario G. Obledo, founder and president of the National Coalition of Hispanic Organizations and former California Secretary of Health and Welfare, died of a heart attack at his home in Sacramento, Calif., on...

    Black Advocacy Group: ‘Turn Off FOX’

    ColorOfChange.org, the community activist group that successfully urged dozens of advertisers to pull away from Glenn Beck’s FOX news show, recently announced a new initiative directed at discouraging public establishments across the country from...

    DEA Sends Out Calls for Ebonics Translators

    The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), in an effort to increase the success rate of criminal cases, is considering the possible use of Ebonics experts to bring things into perspective. According to the Associated Press, federal...

    N.C. Woman Finds Racial Slur on Receipt

    A woman in Apex, N.C. found an unwelcomed surprise at the bottom of her Domino’s Pizza receipt reports WRAL.com. Carla Robinson said she ordered two pizzas from the national chain eatery on Aug. 20....

    The Links Aid a School in Africa

    The Hudson Valley chapter of The Links, a national service organization of African American women, has made a commitment to adopt an impoverished school in South Africa reports The Journal News. Under the banner of...

    Meek Wins Florida Primary Race

    Rep. Kendrick Meek (Fla.) will be the Democratic candidate to face Republican Marco Rubio and Gov. Charlie Crist in Florida’s Senate race this November. Meek won the Democratic party’s nomination with 54 percent of...

    Civil Rights Groups Release Publication on Redistricting

    In an attempt to protect minority voters and their power in elections, the NAACP Legal Defense Fund (LDF), the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF) and the Asian American Justice Center (AAJC)...

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