PPS Superintendent Linda Lane (Courier File Photo) This week, the Pittsburgh Public School District announced that 85 percent of their teachers demonstrated effective performance in the 2012-2013 school year, according to data from individualized Educator Effectiveness Reports. The reports are part of the district’s ongoing Empowering Effective Teachers Plan aimed at putting an effective teacher in front of every student.
Prospective students tour Georgetown University’s campus in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Despite high test scores and access to higher education, Black students…
ACCOUNTING AWARENESS—Counselor Erika Mangual works with brothers, Joziah Council and Jesse Council, from Beaver Area High School. (Photo by J.L. Martello) According to the United States Bureau of Labor, the mean salary for accountants and auditors around the country is $71,040 per year. This statistic is a key motivator for the African-American students enrolled in Point Park’s Accounting Career Awareness Program, a one-week summer camp for minority students interested in exploring careers in accounting and finance.
CONGRATS GRADS—Pittsburgh Obama’s Class of 2013 at their graduation ceremony at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall, June 7. (Photo by J.L. Martello) According to a report recently released by Education Week, the national high school graduation rate reached nearly 75 percent in 2010. For African-American students the rate was lower, with only 62 percent of Blacks earning a diploma, an increase of 13.2 percent in 10 years. While many across the nation decry the growing number of African-American students dropping out of high school, the Pittsburgh Public School District is seeing an overwhelming number of Black students graduating from its magnet schools.
RELEASED–Olutosin Oduwole walks outside of the Madison County Criminal Justice Center in Edwardsville, Ill., during his 2011 trial on charges of attempting to make a terrorist threat. (AP Photo/Belleville News-Democrat, Derik Holtmann, File) by Jim Suhr Associated Press ST. LOUIS (AP) — A former Southern Illinois University student convicted in 2011 of attempting to threaten a murderous rampage has been released from prison, days after an appeals court overturned the aspiring rapper’s conviction and the ensuing five-year sentence.
WORK TO DO–First lady Michelle Obama exercises with children from Chicago Public Schools, in her hometown of Chicago, Feb. 28. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green) by Darlene Superville Associated Press Writer CHICAGO (AP) — Michelle Obama says people worried about youth gun violence have to do more than simply tell children they care about the problem and then wind up “going to these funerals and mourning with these kids when there’s still work to do.”