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Before the current budget crisis came along and presented school systems and African American communities with reduced teaching staffs, intramural sports, free or reduced lunches, and counseling services, there was another lolling epidemic:  the high school dropout rate among African American students. According to a 2009 U.S. Department of Education and National Center for Education…

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On Sept. 26, the White House invited Congressman Chaka Fattah, D-Pa., for the launch of an initiative to retain women in scientific research careers, and to work with the administration in its focus on STEM education (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). “STEM education is education for the future. It is the gateway to American competitiveness,”…

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Black women in America have taken on leading roles. From sports to politics, from Venus and Serena Williams to first lady Michelle Obama and Valerie Jarrett, they’ve altered the face of tradition—al Americans in power. They’ve exhibited that women can be successful in multiple roles — mother, wife, caregiver and, sometimes, breadwinner — while hurdling the…

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