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First Woman-Owned Business Day a Huge Success

Written by Featured Organization on Monday, 12 May 2014 15:02.

May 1 was the first annual Woman-Owned Business Day. Fashionable office supply retailer UrbanGirl.com, a woman-owned small business, founded the holiday. UrbanGirl coordinated the event along with more than 500 other woman-owned businesses across the country and around the world. This event was a true grassroots effort with no businesses paying to participate. The businesses promoted each other in the spirit of collaboration.

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Juneteenth Tour of the 13th Amendment Ending Slavery Visits Historic Edenton

Written by Featured Organization on Monday, 12 May 2014 14:59.

EDENTON, N.C. -- A handful of documents changed the character of the United States. The 13th Amendment that formally ended legal slavery in this country is one of them. It will be exhibited by Historic Edenton State Historic Site at the 1767 Chowan County Courthouse June 5 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. As part of the observance of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War led by the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources, and in recognition of Juneteenth, June 19, the date many African-Americans observe as when the last of the enslaved in 1865 learned they were free, there will be a tour of North Carolina's copy of the 13th Amendment in June. "The 13th Amendment wasn't just a symbol of freedom; it was indissoluble proof that equality means nothing if it is not meant for all," said Governor Pat McCrory. "I encourage everyone to take advantage of this rare exhibition to view one of the most important documents in our history."

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The North Carolina Legislative Black Caucus Foundation Announces 2014 Education Scholarship Event Slated for June 6

Written by Featured Organization on Tuesday, 06 May 2014 10:44.

The North Carolina Legislative Black Caucus Foundation June 6, 2014 Education Scholarship Event includes: Issues Briefings (Survival of HBCUs, Affordable Care, Learning The New Rules for Voting in NC), a Networking Luncheon, a Memorial Service Honoring Deceased NCLBC Members and The William L. Wainwright Scholarship Banquet with Keynote Speaker U. S. Congressman G. K. Butterfield. Full event information is available at www.NCLBCF.org

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The Silent Wars of African American Girls

Written by Jazelle Hunt, NNPA Washington Correspondent on Monday, 05 May 2014 13:46.

WASHINGTON (NNPA) – March 1 was the last time eight year-old Relisha Rudd was seen, leaving a local hotel here with Kahlil Tatum, a 51-year-old custodian who had been tasked to babysit her. Exactly a month later, Tatum was found dead; Rudd remains missing and the trail has gone cold. The same week Tatum’s death was announced, the body of 30-year-old, first-year medical resident Teleka Patrick was pulled from a lake in Indiana. In the days leading up to her December disappearance, she and others expressed concern over her mental health. The circumstances of her death remain unclear. 

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NCDOT Introduces the Office of Education Initiatives

Written by Featured Organization on Thursday, 01 May 2014 13:07.

Raleigh-- The North Carolina Department of Transportation has launched an innovative office designed to promote and engage students in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) careers. The Office of Education Initiatives works to advance a wide range of programs and activities with K-12, college and post graduate level students in an effort to develop a talented workforce to meet North Carolina’s future transportation demands. “Many students are not aware of the various careers available to them in the transportation industry,” said Director Ashley Goolsby. “With this new office, we hope to provide students with real-world, hands-on experiences that will get them thinking about careers in STEM fields, specifically engineering.”   She adds, “In everything we provide for our students whether it is through an internship or job shadowing opportunities, we want to engage those students as early as possible and get them interested in possible career paths with the Department of Transportation.”

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NAACP to Host 2014 Daisy Bates Education Institute in Ft. Lauderdale

Written by Featured Organization on Thursday, 01 May 2014 10:05.

 
Day-long event will examine the future of education equality on the eve of the 60thAnniversary of Brown v. Board of Education: On Wednesday, May 14, just days before the official anniversary of  the historic decision in Brown v. Board of Education, the NAACP will host a summit that examines the current state of education equality, including grade level reading, the school to prison pipeline and common core. Charles J. Ogletree, the Jesse Climenko Professor at Harvard Law, will deliver the keynote address and David J. Johns, Executive Director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans, will discuss methods to improve the educational achievement of African Americans. The summit will also feature a town hall event examining the future of education with distinguished panelists including Professor Ogletree; Ernest Green, a member of the Little Rock Nine; Robert Runcie, Fort Lauderdale Superintendent of Schools; Dr. John Jackson, President and CEO of The Schott Foundation for Public Education; Judith Browne Dianis, Co-Director of The Advancement Project; and the NAACP National Education Chair, Adora Obi Nweze.  
 
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License to Give Trust Fund Commission Awards $128,500 in Grant Funding

Written by Featured Organization on Thursday, 01 May 2014 10:03.

Grants to be Used to Increase Organ Donation and Advance Care Planning Education: The License to Give Trust Fund Commission has announced the completion of its 14th grant cycle and awarded grants-in-aid to three North Carolina non-profits: NC Medical Society Foundation of Raleigh, Total Christian Ministries of Greenville and Mount Airy High School Interact Club of Mount Airy. “These grants will be used to encourage more North Carolinians to register as organ donors through the NC Division of Motor Vehicles or online atDonateLifeNC.org, and to educate North Carolinians about Advance Care Planning,” said Chairman Dennis Meyers. “The ultimate goal of these organizations’ efforts is to save the lives of more North Carolinians who are waiting for an organ, eye or tissue transplant.

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State Requirements for Teacher Evaluation Policies Promoted by Race to the Top

Written by Featured Organization on Wednesday, 30 April 2014 16:25.

This brief describes the extent to which states required teacher evaluation policies aligned with the Race to the Top (RTT) initiative as of spring 2012. Although teacher evaluation policies appear to be rapidly evolving, documenting policy requirements in the early years of RTT implementation can help inform policymakers about the pace of policy innovation nationally. This brief examines the presence of state-level requirements for certain practices but not the actual district- or school-level implementation of such practices. Key findings, based on interviews with administrators from 49 states and the District of Columbia (12 Round 1 and 2 RTT states, 7 Round 3 RTT states, and 31 non-RTT states), include the following:

  • States, on average, reported requiring less than half of eight teacher evaluation policies aligned with RTT priorities, although the number of policies required by RTT states was higher than non-RTT states (3.7 policies for Round 1 and 2 RTT states, 3.6 for Round 3 RTT states, and 2.2 for non-RTT states).
  • States' reported teacher evaluation policies were most aligned with RTT priorities focused on using multiple measures to evaluate teacher performance (30 states); using multiple rating categories to classify teacher performance (31 states); and conducting annual evaluations (25 states).
  • States' reported teacher evaluation policies were least aligned with RTT priorities focused on using evaluation results to inform decisions regarding career advancement (1 state) and compensation (6 states for annual salary increases, and 5 states for performance-based compensation).

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Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson Becomes 72nd President Of The U.S. Conference Of Mayors

Written by Featured Organization on Monday, 28 April 2014 16:07.

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SACRAMENTO, CA – Mayor Kevin M. Johnson today became the 72nd President of The United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) at a gavel passing ceremony in Sacramento on Wednesday, April 16th. This special inauguration was scheduled because the former President of USCM, Mesa, AZ Mayor Scott Smith announced his candidacy for the office of Governor of Arizona; and local law in Mesa dictated that Mayor Smith vacate his seat as mayor for his gubernatorial run.  Mayor Johnson, who previously served as the Vice-President of USCM, will serve the balance of Mayor Smith’s presidential term, which would have ended in June 2014, in addition to a full one-year term as President of the organization until June 2015.  As President, Mayor Johnson will preside over all official meetings, develop and advocate for the bipartisan agenda adopted by the nation's mayors, appoint committee and task force chairs to serve in the leadership of the organization, as well as serve as the organization's national and global spokesperson.

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NAACP Statement on Supreme Court Decision to Uphold Michigan Ban on Affirmative Action

Written by Featured Organization on Monday, 28 April 2014 15:32.

(Washington, DC) – The NAACP released the following statement on the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold Michigan’s ban on affirmative action. In a recent 6-2 decision, the Supreme Court overturned a lower court and ruled that Michigan’s Proposal 2 -- a 2006 ballot initiative that led to a state constitutional ban on race-conscious college admissions policies in Michigan – is indeed constitutional. The ruling specifically prohibits students from lobbying universities to consider race as one of many factors in admissions.

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