South Bend School District Cited for Shifting Disproportionate Number of Black Students in Special Education Classes

South Bend school district has been cited by the state of Indiana for putting a disproportionate number of black students into special education classes. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, black students in the school district are more likely to be diagnosed with cognitive and emotional disabilities that take them out of mainstream classrooms.

The state’s top special education official said a recent review also found the district didn’t follow legally required procedures between 2010 and 2012.

“That, to me, is the biggest distinction,” said Nicole Norvell, director of special education with the Indiana Department of Education.

She said not only were South Bend schools sending more black kids into special education, they weren’t documenting what led to the decision, including students’ current performance levels.

Donna Krol, the district’s special education director, said the citation doesn’t mean the district broke the law, but it has a problem that needs to be fixed.

The sanction means the district could lose $90,000 of its $6.1 million federal special education grant, shifting the funds into intervention programs to help struggling students stay out of special ed. Teachers also have been assigned to work with mainstream students who have behavioral issues to help them remain in general education. Source

Barbara Byrd-Bennett, Head of Chicago Public Schools, Defends School Closures, Insulted by Racism Charges

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Barbara Byrd-Bennett, Head of Chicago Public Schools, Defends School Closures, Insulted by Racism Charges. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

So much for claims of racism in the Chicago school closings, right? Barbara Byrd-Bennett, head of Chicago Public Schools said that the accusations of racism about her plans to close 54 schools in mostly black areas, insulted her “as a woman of color.” She said closing the 54 schools was made after listening to testimonies from more than 20,000 people at dozens of hearings pertaining to the schools, the Chicago Sun Times reports. You will recall, Mayor Rahm Emanuel came under scathing criticism for the school closures, considering his children attend expensive private schools.

Most of the targeted schools are in the city’s black and poorest communities on the West and South sides, but, Byrd-Bennett said, most CPS students are black or Hispanic, so the closings will affect “children of color.”

“What I cannot understand and will not accept is that the proposals are racist,” Byrd-Bennett said, prompting shouts of “They are!” from the often-raucous crowd.

On Tuesday, parents called on Mayor Rahm Emanuel to try out the often dangerous routes their children will have to take to their new schools, often crossing gang territory lines. Byrd-Bennett, however, said she has no time for adults who use the “excuse of gangs to keep children trapped in failing schools.” Source

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Black Wedding Gap: 72% of Black Children Raised in Single Parent Households

Black Wedding Gap: The statistics are startling — fewer black men and women are getting married and 72 percent of black children are raised in single parent households. The Centers for Disease Control reports that 55 percent of black women and men have never married. What’s equally startling is that during slavery, black children were more likely to be in a two-parent household than today. We haven’t truly overcome, have we?

Author and journalist Gil Robertson says in his new book, “Where Did Our Love Go?” says the black community is going through a crisis by not getting married. Is it truly a crisis? The problem confronting the black community is multifaceted and involves a lot of issues — education levels, income levels, commitment levels and yes, we have to look at the incarceration rates of black men. It’s great to be married, but what if you are married to the wrong person and in a toxic relationship? That’s certainly not beneficial to the black community or any community for that matter.

Black Women With Higher Levels of College Education Not Protected From Divorce

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Black Women With Higher Levels of College Education Not Protected From Divorce. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A recent study, published in the journal, Family Relations, found that married couples who have attained higher levels of education are less likely to divorce than less-educated couples, except in the black community. The study found that black women with higher education don’t seem to enjoy the same degree of protection as education confers on married white women with similar education levels.

Jeounghee Kim Ph.D., an assistant professor at Rutgers School of Social Work, who conducted the study, says, “For white Americans, higher education is related to a lower chance of divorce, and this protective effect of education on marriage increased consistently among the recent generations. But for African-American women, higher education is not necessarily related to a lower chance of divorce.”  Kim observed that the divorce rate has remained steady for white women since 1980, but the trend has been less stable for black women.

She studied white and African-American women in five-year marriage cohorts starting from 1975 to 1979 and ending in 1995 to 1999. The researcher also took into account demographic characteristics, such as age, geographic region, motherhood status and post-secondary education (associate degree at minimum) when married. She then measured marital dissolution (within nine years of first marriage) rather than by legal divorce, which many African-American women eschew in favor of a permanent separation.

Kim’s analysis revealed that the percentage of white women with some post-secondary education continuously increased throughout the cohorts. This was not the case with African-American women, whose educational attainment peaked in the 1985-1994 cohorts before declining. At the same time, she found the percentage of white women getting divorced declined throughout the study period, while African-American women experienced an increase in the 1980s before declining in the 1990 to 1994 cohort.

What is leading to this trend? The study found:

“One possibility is that college education does not translate into the higher earnings that would help protect marriage for African-Americans,” she said. “Another could be that educational attainment may be insufficient to address the high levels of economic inequality that even well-educated African-Americans experience. Many are the first in their families to have attained a post-secondary education and do not benefit from the cushion of intergenerational wealth possessed by some white families.”

A third possibility involves the gender gap in African-Americans’ educational attainment — there are nearly twice as many African-American women college graduates as men.

“We see the increasing power of education protecting marriage within the same socioeconomic class,” Kim said. “Well-educated white women may still have power to select an equally well-educated mate. Then, there may be a synergy factor — higher incomes, better and healthier lives, smarter kids — that helps sustain their marriage.

The reality is that educated black women seem to have “less of a chance to marry their educational equals.” Why? Black women are less likely to marry outside their race, thereby further limiting their choices. I have long been in favor of sisters looking beyond the color of their skin to find true love.

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8th Grade Student Marquis Jay’s Teacher Emptied Pencil Sharpener Shavings Into His Mouth

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8th Grade Student Marquis Jay’s Teacher Emptied Pencil Sharpener Shavings Into His Mouth (Photo: CBS)

A Boles Jr. High School teacher has been suspended after she emptied a pencil sharpener full of shavings into the mouth of Marquis Jay, an eighth grade student. Why did the teacher feel she had to resort to such extremism? Marquis Jay was reportedly leaning back in his chair at the Arlington, TX, school in January. He said, “I was sitting in class with my head tilted back and opening my mouth. The teacher came over and poured the pencil shavings in my mouth.”

The child’s mother, Deidre Brown, said the teacher should have been fired, not suspended. The school board issued a statement calling the incident “unacceptable.” The Arlington ISD director of communications Amy Casas said, ‘This incident is unacceptable and was immediately and fully investigated by the AISD when it occurred almost a month ago. The district took appropriate disciplinary action.” In other words, they don’t intend to do anything else.

‘White Privilege’ Lesson at Delavan-Darien High School in WI Sparks Outrage

Delavan-Darien High School in Wisconsin has raised eyebrows with its “American Diversity” course in which students are being taught white people are oppressors of minorities,  Fox News reports.

“They’re teaching white guilt.  They’re dividing the students,” this parent told said.  ”They’re saying to non-whites, ‘You have been oppressed and you’re still being oppressed.”

The parent, who requested to remain anonymous, said she became taken aback by the content on some handouts that her teenage son brought home from school. A class handout defines “white privilege” as:

A set of advantages that are believed to be enjoyed by white people beyond those commonly experienced by non-white people in the same social, political, and economic spaces (nation, community, workplace, income, etc.)

Students were reportedly also instructed to visit the toy section of a local Wal-Mart store, where they were told to count the number of white dolls versus the number of black dolls.

Oxygen Pulls Shawty Lo’s Reality Show “All My Babies’ Mamas,” Expecting 12th Child

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Oxygen Pulls Shawty Lo’s Reality Show “All My Babies’ Mamas,” Expecting 12th Child. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

GOOD:  Oxygen’s Shawty Lo reality show “All My Babies’ Mamas,” has been cancelled, the Daily Beast is reporting. Sabrina Lamb’s petition got over 40,000 signatures and was effective for Oxygen Media to decide to pull the plug. Um, I should also state, he is expecting his 12th child. His ex-girlfriend Jai Jai is pregnant.


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Corey Curtis Dad of Nine Kids with Six Women, Ordered by Judge to Stop Procreating Until He Can Support Existing Kids

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Corey Curtis Dad of Nine Kids with Six Women, Ordered by Judge to Stop Procreating Until He Can Support Existing Kids

SHAMEFUL: Corey Curtis, who fathered nine children with six different women, was ordered by a Wisconsin judge to stop procreating until he can support his existing dependents. He reportedly owes about $90,000 in delinquent child support and interest to the mothers of his kids and must satisfy that debt before he can have a tenth child, the Smoking Gun reports. Corey Curtis, 44, from Racine, was sentenced December 3 for bail jumping and failure to pay child support. The judge ordered him to curb his excessive breeding as a condition of his three year probation term, the Daily Mail reports. Corey Curtis should be ashamed of himself.


Shawn Dotson, Dad of Murdered Toddler Emilliano Terry, Says Camilia Terry Kept Child Away from Him

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Shawn Dotson, Father of Murdered Toddler Emilliano Terry, Says Camilia Terry Kept Child Away from Him

Shawn Dotson, the father of Emilliano Terry, surfaces and said Camilia Terry kept the boy away from him, saying, “I guess she felt as if she couldn’t be involved with me, I couldn’t be involved with him,” News Net 5 reports. Shawn Dotson, now 19, was a freshman when he met Camilia Terry in high school. By then, she had already had one child at age 14 by someone else. Um, if you put lipstick on a pig, it’s still a pig. It’s quite simple, Shawn Dotson didn’t accept responsibility for the child when he was born.

Dotson thought the child was living with his mother out of state until he learned that the boy was missing. “There’s a deep part of me who feels that it is partially my fault. So, I mean, it eats me up you know,” he said. “I mean, every kid needs a father, you know.  If he had his father in his life or round him, I’m like 99.9 percent sure that wouldn’t have happened. He’d be secure. He’d be safe with me.”

“She was just a young girl,” said Porsha Dotson, Shawn’s mother. “So, you know, every young girl goes through their ‘I don’t want a baby’ or ‘I had a baby by this guy. I’m young.’ But talking with her and visiting with her when she was over at my house, no, I had no clue.”

Porsha Dotson said she offered to raise Emilliano, but that never happened. Now, she will see that he gets a proper burial.”I want to make sure we give him a proper burial so we’ll know that he is finally at rest, because he never had rest. It was just sad,” she said. Source

It’s hard to expect a teen to assume the role of an adult, but Shawn Dotson knew he had a son and could have gone through the court system to make sure his rights as a parent were enforced. So, saying he thought Camilia Terry was out-of-state isn’t good enough grounds to shirk his responsibility as a parent. He was morally and legally responsible for his son, no matter what Camilia Terry said. He didn’t take responsibility then and he isn’t taking responsibility now. These are the young black men President Obama chided during a speech at a black church, pleading with them to step up and stop being absentee fathers. So many people failed Emilliano Terry, including that vicious cycle of abuse that started when Camilia Terry was shuttled back and forth through foster care. That was a sleeping monster that woke up and killed an innocent child.

Gold Medal Gymnast Gabby Douglas Slams Father, Staff Sgt. Timothy Douglas, as ‘Deadbeat Dad’

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Gold Medal Gymnast Gabby Douglas Slams Father, Staff Sgt. Timothy Douglas, as ‘Deadbeat Dad’

Gold medal winning gymnast Gabby Douglas let loose on her father, Staff Sgt. Timothy Douglas, slamming him as a ‘deadbeat dad’ after he left her mother with a mountain of bills. Douglas, who failed in her final bid to win another medal after falling off the balance beam, said her father, who served in the Air National Guard in Afghanistan, abandoned her and her three older siblings years ago and rarely paid child support. He enlisted in the military and left her mother, Natalie Hawkins, struggling to provide for Gabby, who was nine at the time,  and her siblings, often getting her so down, she considered quitting her Olympics aspirations. It seems pretty clear that Gabby Douglas could be harboring some resentment for her dad, who is in London for the Olympics but did not see her compete because she did not get him or her grandparents tickets,  MailOnline reports. Well, that’s if she deliberately decided not to get him tickets. If it was beyond her control, then that’s not on her.

“It was really hard for us growing up — my dad had left us, so he wasn’t really in the picture anymore,” Douglas, 16, said yesterday.

“So my mom had to front all these bills. My dad didn’t really pay the child support. He was short [on money]. It was definitely hard on her part, and she had to take care of me and the rest of my siblings.’’  Source

Gabby Douglas said even after winning two gold medals she still hadn’t spoken to her father. Timothy Douglas reminds me a lot of Shaquille O’Neal’s father, who was largely absent until he was drafted in the NBA and then he showed up. So, while the media tries to start a fire over Natalie Hawkins filing for bankruptcy, she didn’t walk away from her obligations, but fought the good fight. She didn’t opt for a fresh start. She opted for a payment plan to pay back her creditors over time on an amount.

I certainly hate when people air their dirty laundry in public, but some good may come out of Gabby Douglas’ candor.  Not to bash Sgt. Timothy Douglas,  but I would hope he will try to find a way to mend fences with his children. Life is too short and too precious for one to wear the deadbeat dad label proudly. He should be ashamed of himself for shirking his responsibilities as a parent, only showing up to take the victory lap after Natalie Hawkins scrapped to get by. We have many more deadbeat dads roaming around, of all races. I wonder what the Air Force has to say about Staff Sgt. Timothy Douglas’ deadbeat dad label?