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Every day is Ferguson in classrooms across America

We are all justifiably outraged at the events occurring in Ferguson, Missouri. Headlines scream almost daily about a new incident of racial violence boiling over in a town that is struggling to overcome its troubled history. While prominent African American ...

Scholars urged to share King’s dream

Judge Glenda A. Hatchett had a message to deliver to the 84 young men of color who sat before her, all sporting bright white shirts and red ties. Yet Hatchett’s message at the 22nd Annual Unity Scholarship Breakfast was far ...

Memorial for the first Black Kennel owner in Miami-Dade

Family and friends this weekend will celebrate the life of Benjamin F. Gardner, the first Black kennel owner in Miami-Dade who died Dec. 7. He was 69. A memorial service will be held for Gardner at 11 a.m. on Saturday, ...

M-DCPS Magnet schools application deadline Jan. 15  

To have your child considered for a Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) Magnet Programs you need to complete and submit an application by Jan. 15. Here are the 12 most important things you need to know about the application process: ...

“Parent Choice” in education can help many families today

When I graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in the mid 90’s, I moved to New York City. And I did what most young folks did them: found the cheapest apartment I could afford in the nicest neighborhood possible. That ...

Natural Bridge teacher becomes author of book

Robbin Times-Dudley recently fulfilled her long-time goal of becoming a children’s book author. “Jasper, the Fetching Cat,” her first book written under the pen name Candace Lynn, was featured during the recent 2014 Miami Book Fair. Jasper has the “purrfect” ...

Veteran recovers from PTSD, graduates from FIU

U.S. Army veteran and Miami native Rodney Demerritte earned a national defense service medal and an army service ribbon. He was later diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression and anxiety. In the years that followed he found himself without ...

Black historical high school classes share reunion kick-off

Members of the 1965 graduating classes of Booker T. Washington, George Washington Carver, Miami Northwestern and North Dade Senior high schools are all anxiously awaiting their 50th class reunions in 2015. Representatives from historically Black high schools collaborated to plan ...

FIU surprises 100 students with bicycles, gifts

The wait was over. It was time for the biggest gift of them all at Florida International University’s (FIU) children’s holiday celebration held on its main campus last Thursday. After receiving dozens of items ranging from toy cars to laptops, ...

Henry Lubin hopes to attend medical school

Henry Lubin, a senior at North Miami Senior High, has been selected as the 5000 Role Models of Excellence Student of the Month for December. Lubinplans to go to college and major in biology to prepare for medical school. He ...

All we ever do is talk about embracing educational reform

There’s been a lot of discussion lately about our public school systems. A recent report revealed that 49 schools within Tulsa Public Schools received an F grade by the state of Oklahoma. Most of those schools are in my legislative ...

Microsoft chairman gifts FAMU $5 million

Florida A & M University received the largest single donation in its 127-year history from alumnus Microsoft Chairman John W. Thompson and his wife Sandi. The $5 million will provide scholarships to high performing students from low wealth families. Thompson ...

Northwestern principal nominated for award

Miami Northwestern principal Wallace Aristide is a candidate for the prestigious Leonard Miller Principal Award for turning around the Liberty City high school that was for years on the brink of being closed by the state because of its poor ...

How to pick the best school for your child

Parents truly do know best. When it comes to a child’s needs, goals and their learning style – a parent is the one who knows exactly what it takes for their child to be successful. That’s why school choice matters ...

County college fair opens door to education and jobs

Universities will accept high school students on the spot at the Miami-Dade County Fair and Exposition Center tomorrow, Oct. 30 between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Applications fees will be waived and scholarships given to accepted students at the fair, ...