A group of racist Parisians stormed a silent vigil for victims of last night’s terror attacks waving a banner that called for the expulsion of Muslims. They were not welcomed.
— David Sirota (@davidsirota) November 15, 2015
Mayor-elect Jim Kenney has named Otis Hackney, the principal at South Philadelphia High School since 2010, to be his chief education officer.
Hackney is widely acclaimed for turning around the high school, which had been plagued by racial tension and by violent attacks on Asian students.
In a release, the Kenney campaign credits him with “transforming the culture of ‘Southern’ into a model for other urban education systems.”
Under Hackney’s leadership, the high school has also put together one of the most advanced efforts in the city to implement the “community school” approach, which involves re-envisioning schools as accessible, full-service community centers for students and their families.
Kenney has touted community schools as a way to revitalize the city’s struggling neighborhood schools. He says he wants to create 25 community schools citywide. The Notebook
It has been more than a year since the killing of Michael Brown Jr. by Officer Darren Wilson ignited weeks of protest in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson. In the ensuing months, the Black Lives Matter movement has swept the entire nation, demanding, among many things, an end to racist police violence. The movement’s impact is unquestioned. Regular reporting on police violence in the mainstream media has changed the misperception that police brutality is rare and perpetrated by rogue officers. In late October, President Barack Obama said of police violence, “It’s real. We … have to take it seriously.” Keenga-Yamahtta Taylor
Here are some big picture numbers from the 2013 school year that were collected by the U.S. Dept. of Education.
- There are more than 700 four year and above public colleges and universities receiving federal money.
- Only 66 of those schools had 10 percent or more black faculty members.
- More than half of those 66 schools were Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) which have far higher percentages of black faculty members.
- Once HBCU’s are taken out of the mix, it leaves only 27 American colleges and universities that can say at least one in 10 faculty members are black. That’s roughly 4 percent of all schools.