Tuesday, November 18, 2014
The No Child Left Behind Act of 2002 was supposed to ensure that low-income and minority students weren't being taught by unqualified teachers. It was supposed to ensure that all children, regardless of their status, deserved to be taught by good teachers. But 12 years later, data from the U.S. Department of Education shows that is not happening. Why not?
Sunday, November 16, 2014
It's unbelievable and shocking, but in schools across the country, food is actually being thrown away if children have no money to pay for it. The big questions are how can this happen, and WHY is it happening?
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
In 2008, more than 57 percent of the population who were of voting age turned out to vote. That was the year Barack Obama was elected. But it was also the year in which the polls saw the highest number of voters seen in 40 years. In other words, it was an exceptional year for voters.
Friday, November 7, 2014
LeBron James' hometown is Akron, Ohio, where he played high school basketball at St. Vincent–St. Mary High School. Today, he is ranked as one of America's most influential and popular athletes playing professional basketball for the Cleveland Cavaliers where he is their all-time leading scorer.
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
What are hate crimes? They are violent acts against others based on bias against a race, religion, disability, ethnic origin, or sexual orientation, according to the definition by Congress. It is estimated that each year about 6,000 - 8,500 hates crimes are committed in the U.S. While in some victim categories, hate crimes are decreasing, crimes are disturbingly on the rise in others.
Saturday, November 1, 2014
An article recently published in the Washington Post addressed the issue of what is causing major metropolitan cities to lose more and more of their African-American population. The article points to the increase in college graduates migrating to large cities such as Austin, Chicago, New York, San Francisco and Washington D.C., creating income inequalities in these cities which are driving out low-income African Americans. But are they correct?
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
According to data collected under the U.S. Home Mortgage Disclosure Act, the amount of loans being made to minorities is decreasing, while mortgage loans made to whites have increased. The big question is WHY?
Monday, October 20, 2014
A recent list of the best colleges for low-income students was compiled by CollegeNET, a Portland, Oregon-based developer of web technology for higher education, and PayScale, Inc., an online salary, benefits and compensation information company. Their collaboration resulted in a list of the ten best schools for disadvantaged students.
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
When it comes to urban living, the first thing most people are concerned about is safety. Feeling safe and secure is just as important to Americans as affordability, and crime can wear many faces. It includes anything from property crime and burglary to rape and murder. But don't think that moving to a smaller city will help as some lesser populated U.S. cities are also included as those with the highest crime rates.
Saturday, October 11, 2014
A recent Gallup poll revealed that overall, 38 percent of all Americans are not satisfied with gun control laws in the U.S., and 49 percent of all black Americans want stricter gun control laws. In fact, these numbers are an increase over the 25 percent of all Americans who held this view a year ago. Americans wanting stricter gun control is at its highest since 2001.