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Inslee: Washington Needs More Coronavirus Test Supplies

The governor suggested the shutdown of most businesses and extreme social distancing would likely have to be extended to fight the disease

Trump Approves Major Disaster Declaration for Oregon

Gov. Brown praised the declaration, but says we still have significant requests pending, "first and foremost Oregon's request for more personal protective equipment from the national stockpile"

Vote by May 19: Oregon’s Primary Election Continues as Planned

Oregon’s vote-by-mail system keeps May Primary on schedule

A Black Woman Is Leading The Charge To Create A Vaccine For The Coronavirus

Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett and her team have begun running the first human trials of the vaccine in Seattle

NEWS BRIEFS

Oregon Medicaid Program Gains Flexibility to Better Serve Low-income Oregonians During Pandemic

Nearly one in four Oregonians currently receives health coverage through OHP. ...

Washington Elementary School Offers Food-Bearing Container Gardens During Meal Distribution

Large pots with food-bearing plants will be available for families to take home on Wednesday, April 1, from Catlin Elementary in...

Waterfront Blues Festival Cancelled for 2020

Organizers say the decision to cancel the popular festival was not taken lightly ...

NAACP Calls COVID-19 Stimulus Package a Necessary Step, but Calls Upon Congress to Do More

The NAACP says in providing future relief, Congress must prioritize people first, not corporations ...

CARES Act Must Prioritize Nation’s Most Vulnerable Communities

The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law says the new bill puts the interests of corporations above the burdens faced by...

Closed computer chip factory sells for .3 million

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — A long-shuttered computer chip factory in Eugene has sold at auction for .3 million, but it’s not clear what the new owner plans to do with the site.Hynix spent jumi.5 billion to build and equip the 1.2-million-square-foot factory, which opened in 1998. It closed...

Rural areas fear spread of virus as more hospitals close

CARROLLTON, Ala. (AP) — As the coronavirus spread across the United States, workers at the lone hospital in one Alabama county turned off beeping monitors for good and padlocked the doors, making it one of the latest in a string of nearly 200 rural hospitals to close nationwide.Now Joe...

The Latest: 2 Madison Square Garden boxing cards called off

The Latest on the coronavirus outbreak's affect on sports around the globe (all times EDT):10 p.m.Two boxing cards at Madison Square Garden have been called off because of the coronavirus outbreak.A few hours after announcing the fights would proceed without crowds, promoter Bob Arum said Thursday...

Former AD, All-American center Dick Tamburo dies at 90

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Dick Tamburo, an athletic director at three major schools and an All-American center at Michigan State, has died. He was 90.Michigan State announced that Tamburo died Monday.A native of New Kensington, Pennsylvania, Tamburo served as the athletic director at Texas...

OPINION

The ACA Has Never Been More Critical

Today I'm honoring the 10th anniversary of the Affordable Care Act being signed into law. ...

NAACP/Black Community: A Model for Resiliency

As America enters perhaps the most uncertain period in modern history, we will all be tested in new and unpredictable ways. ...

What the Government Can Do Now to Lessen the Impact of COVID-19

Dr. Roger Stark says during this pandemic the administration must give states more flexibility ...

The Homelessness Crisis – We Are Better Than This

Julianne Malveaux says this is not just about homelessness. It is about an economic crisis that has made affordable housing, jobs and economic security difficult to obtain ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Judge: Man linked to white supremacist group to stay in jail

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — A Maryland man linked by the FBI to a white supremacist group and arrested ahead of a gun rights rally in Virginia must remain in federal custody while he awaits trial, a judge ruled Tuesday.U.S. Magistrate Judge Deborah Boardman refused to set bond for Brian Mark...

Democratic lawmakers call for racial data in virus testing

Democratic lawmakers are calling out an apparent lack of racial data that they say is needed to monitor and address disparities in the national response to the coronavirus outbreak.In a letter sent Friday to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Rep. Ayanna...

Man, 72, dies of injuries 3 months after Hanukkah stabbings

MONSEY, N.Y. (AP) — A man who was among the five people stabbed during a Hanukkah celebration north of New York City has died three months after the attack, according to an Orthodox Jewish organization and community liaison with a local police department.Josef Neumann, 72, died Sunday night,...

ENTERTAINMENT

'America's Test Kitchen' has the recipe to hit season 20

LOS ANGELES (AP) — There are cooking shows hosted by celebrities, some of whom may know a fricassee from a frittata, and shows that feature arrogant chefs and bad cooks. There’s an upcoming digital series in which blindfolded chefs get smacked in the face with a dish and compete to...

Review: In 'Slay the Dragon,' a gerrymandering investigation

Feeling beaten down by the news? Why not watch a documentary on gerrymandering to cheer you up?“Slay the Dragon," by Chris Durrance and Barak Goodman, deftly outlines how redistricting has eroded American democracy and helped usher compromise out of our legislatures. It's a level-headed...

CNN's Cuomo, with coronavirus, completes show from basement

NEW YORK (AP) — A bleary-eyed Chris Cuomo, saying he wanted to be a cautionary tale for his audience, anchored his CNN show from his basement Tuesday after testing positive for the coronavirus.Via remote link, he interviewed Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker, an emergency room nurse and CNN...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Truck hauling toilet paper catches fire on Texas interstate

HUTCHINS, Texas (AP) — A tractor-trailer hauling toilet paper crashed and caught fire near Dallas early...

AP PHOTOS: Indian migrants walk hundreds of miles to go home

NEW DELHI (AP) — They were hungry. Some had not eaten for days. Others survived on water and biscuits.But...

VIRUS DIARY: An unfamiliar war for those who live with war

BEIRUT (AP) — I’ve seen the streets of Beirut empty before, during wars when the shells were falling...

Coast Guard: Cruise ships must stay at sea with sick onboard

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard has directed all cruise ships to prepare to treat any...

VIRUS DIARY: An unfamiliar war for those who live with war

BEIRUT (AP) — I’ve seen the streets of Beirut empty before, during wars when the shells were falling...

UN General Assembly to decide on rival COVID-19 resolutions

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — How should the U.N. General Assembly and its 193 member states respond to the...

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Civil Rights will be front and center of national education policy in 2010, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan announced March 8 at a civil rights commemoration of "Bloody Sunday" in Selma, Alabama.
Which school districts will be under the microscope are yet to be announced, but school administrators in Portland have said inequities in high schools may breach the civil rights of African American and other minority students.

 

Education Secretary, Arne Duncan marches to commemorate the 45th anniversary of "Bloody Sunday" at the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama. Assistant Education  Secretary Russlyn Ali, second from left in the front, will supervise 40 civil rights compliance reviews this year.

Portland administrators point to disparities in course offerings among schools, and a persistent achievement gap that leaves minority and low-income students with lower graduation rates and other disparities in access to education and in results. That's one of the reasons they say are behind big changes for Portland's high schools.  Education Secretary Duncan plans to address the disparities nationally.

"Dr. King would have been angered to see that we all too often under-invest in disadvantaged students; that they still have fewer opportunities to take rigorous college-prep courses in high school; that too many black, and brown, and low-income children are still languishing in aging facilities and high schools that are little more than dropout factories," Duncan said. "He would have been downhearted that students with disabilities still do not get the educational support they need--and he would have been dismayed to learn of schools that seem to suspend and discipline only young African-American boys."

The Department of Education is launching more than 40 civil rights compliance reviews in school districts in 33 states before September 2010.

Assistant Education Secretary Russlyn Ali told reporters in a conference call, reviews will look at the results of what states are doing to ensure equality for minorities, disabled students, girls and boys.

"You can expect to see our compliance reviews be a little broader …so we will be looking at things like access to college and career-ready curricula, not just AP courses for example, but the full sequence of courses students need to have access to in order to succeed in this new global and competitive and knowledge-based economy,"

The first review, announced March 10, will look at how well Los Angeles schools serve students who are English language learners.

The Office of Civil Rights will step up enforcement efforts this year, Duncan said, launching compliance reviews to enforce the law.

Duncan pointed to statistics that show 12 percent of our high schools, or 2,000 high schools, produce half of the dropouts in the country, three-fourths of them African-American and Latino students.

"This is economically unsustainable and morally unacceptable," he said. He also noted disparities in disciplining minority students, and in access to higher education for poor students, no matter how well they do in school.

See the Skanner's report on plans for high school redesign.

 

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