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What international test scores really tell us: Lessons buried in PISA report

A recent WaPo Opinion/Blog post that takes a look at the numbers that did not receive much attention in last week’s release on international test score rankings. Some of these numbers are relevant to our ongoing discussion on educational attainment/achievement, the role of socio-economic status, and its effect on global economic competitiveness.

Click Here is get the study itself

Chrisette Michelle Hosts Education Event

*Chrisette Michelle is the new spokesperson for “Saving Our Daughters” book campaign....

CONGRATULATIONS TO BALTIMORE

We @ Washington Koen Media Production & Beyond The Bricks would like to send a congratulations & thanks to all of those in Baltimore, MD. They have already pre-registered over 120 people for the workshops that will be happening Saturday October 9th.
It shows us all that with hard work we can make these Town Hall Events successful.

Zuckerberg to Donate $100 Million to Newark Schools

By BARBARA MARTINEZ

Mark Zuckerberg, the 26-year-old founder and chief executive of Facebook, is expected to announce a donation of $100 million to the Newark public school system this week, in a bold and aggressive bid to turn around one of the country's worst performing school systems.

Mr. Zuckerberg is setting up a foundation with $100 million of Facebook stock to be used to improve education in America, with the primary goal of helping Newark.


MARK ZUCKERBERG

Beyond The Bricks on Grio.com

Recently Beyond The Bricks was featured in a story on TheGrio.com "The plight of young black men in America is no secret."

BEYOND THE BRICKS PARTNERS WITH UNCF, THEGRIO.COM AND CENTRICTV.COM

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We are proud to announce our national partnerships for the Beyond the Bricks National Community Engagement Campaign. The UNCF, theGrio.com and CentricTV.com have come on board to help get the word out to about the Community Town Hall discussions, Public Service Announcements and the re launch of the beyondthebricksproject.com community web port being launched this weekend in Jackson, MS @ our Tougaloo College Town Hall meeting. Thank you for your Support!.

GET INFORMED… KNOW THE FACTS

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Nationwide, there is a 28% gap in the graduation rate between black males and their white counterparts. Over the last few years however this gap has narrowed, so we know with dedicated attention to the issues, the disparity in performance and graduation can be successfully addressed.

Below are statistics and information reflecting on several factors including environment, school conditions, family life, personal and emotional health that effect the education of African-American males.

RACE TO THE TOP: PRESIDENT OBAMA’S RADICAL EDUCATION INITIATIVE

In his address to the National Urban League on Monday, President Obama defended his Race to the Top initiative set up by the United States Department of Education.

Race to the Top is a competition that challenges all 50 states to reevaluate and restructure their education plans and formulate bold and innovative ideas for improving their educational system.

BEYOND THE BRICKS: PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS

Celebrities, Academics, Authors, and Educators have come to show their support of Beyond the Bricks.

A CASE FOR NATIONALIZED STANDARDS

A Case for Nationalized Standards
Words by Vonetta J. Hunter
(@punch_vj)

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