Education vs. the Lure of Pro Basketball

As a father, my heart breaks. The starting five of the University of Kentucky basketball team – the 2012 NCAA champions – announced earlier this month that they’re leaving college to go pro. It happens every year in the wake of March Madness, but as an African-American father, I feel my heart crack a little.

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Education Is Key To Stronger America

I recently hosted an education event in which I invited Martha J. Kanter, Under Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education, and Dennis M. Walcott, Chancellor of the New York City Department of Education, at Frederick Douglass Academy, my alma mater, in Harlem.

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Albany’s Unkindest Cut of All

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In most states, top-ranked high school seniors are shoo-ins to attend their local state universities. But that’s not how it goes in New York these days. In one recent, glaring case, the valedictorian of a rural school district outside Rochester was rejected by a nearby State University of New York campus — not because her […]

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We Need Education Priorities That Resonate

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The Education Commission of the States, a national policy organization, made a small splash earlier this year with its list of the 12 hottest education issues for 2012. But it’s no surprise that it didn’t get more attention.

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Thomas Mitchell, Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin Law School

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Professor Mitchell is an Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin Law School and an expert on property issues which impact African-Americans. Recently, Professor Mitchell drafted a model state statute which several state legislatures are considering to reduce land loss among the many poor and minority property owners who own so-called “heirs’ property.”

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The Poverty of Blackness… Your Control or Theirs.

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Let me say up front, I am no expert on poverty. By that I mean that I am not a statistician or a sociologist, nor do I belong to any related group considered fluent in the language of poverty. I am, however, a business owner in Harlem, which led me to my Gandhi moment of […]

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Is America Willing to Pay the High Price for Childhood Obesity?

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The measurements of childhood obesity go beyond the scales, the doctors’ offices, and health care dollars. Overweight and obese children are underperforming in the classroom and on standardized tests. The support of policies and funding that would improve the health outcomes for 30 percent of our school aged children would help to elevate test scores, […]

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