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Life Center Church Adopts Emmerton Elementary School

On Wednesday, May 24, Life Center Church proudly adopted Emmerton Elementary School, formalizing a mutually-beneficial partnership that began last year.

Last Thanksgiving, the church donated 20 food baskets for Emmerton’s needy families, and plans are underway to provide free haircuts in August for students returning for the new school year. In turn, Emmerton will hold a book drive for the church, which will distribute the new and used books to children in foster care.

Emmerton is grateful for the support, said Principal Tasha Lindsay-Doizan.

“We welcome every opportunity to strengthen long-lasting ties with our community,” Lindsay-Doizan said. “When our community takes an interest in supporting our school, it sends a message to our students that education is important and valuable.”

The Adopt-a-School program is a partnership between the San Bernardino City Unified School District and the San Bernardino Area Chamber of Commerce. The program partners SBCUSD schools with local businesses and institutions to create opportunities for student success.

The community is invited to join the Adopt-a-School celebration, which begins at 1:30 p.m. on May 24. All school visitors are required to check in at the main office immediately after arriving on campus. Emmerton Elementary School is located at 1888 Arden Avenue, San Bernardino. For more information about the school, visit For more information about Life Center Church, visit


Howard Commencement Honors Ground-Breaking Women Prestigious Institutions Celebrates 149th Graduation Class in its 150th Year

WASHINGTON - Howard University, one of the nation’s premiere institutions of higher learning, will honor four ground-breaking women during its annual commencement, including an award-winning journalist, the first African-American woman Episcopal priest, an acclaimed scholar and critic and the first African-American U.S. Senator from California.

Journalist Maureen Bunyan, the Rev. Anna (Pauli) Pauline Murray, scholar Eleanor W. Traylor and Sen. Kamala Harris will receive honorary doctorate degrees May 13 at the university’s 149th commencement.

“These remarkable honorees embody the spirit and aspiration that guides Howard’s mission of excellence in truth and service,” said Howard University

President Dr. Wayne A. I. Frederick. “We are pleased to honor for the first time a distinguished panel comprised of all women. We also embrace and recognize the sterling contributions of women all over the world and certainly here at Howard University. These women dedicated their talents and lives to improving the world and all lives.”

Harris, who will also be the commencement speaker, Bunyan, Traylor will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters while Murray will be posthumously awarded with an honorary Doctor of Laws.

Howard University celebrates its 150th anniversary this year. A private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Howard also produces more on-campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States.

Its students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Over the past 20 years, the University has produced four Rhodes Scholars, nine Truman Scholars, two Marshall Scholars, over 60 Fulbright recipients, 22 Pickering Fellows and one Schwarzman Scholar.

Harris, was the first African-American and first woman to serve as attorney general of California and the second African-American woman to be elected to the U.S. Senate. As attorney general, helped secure the National Mortgage Settlement against five banks that gave $12 billion of debt reduction for the state's homeowners and $26 billion overall. Other parts of the funding would go to state housing counseling services and legal help for struggling homeowners and forgiving the debt of over 23,000 homeowners.

Harris served two terms as district attorney of San Francisco. As D.A., Harris started a program that gives first-time drug dealers the chance to earn a high-school diploma and find employment. In 2009, Harris wrote Smart on Crime: A Career Prosecutor's Plan to Make Us Safer. She was elected to the U.S. Senator in 2016. She received her bachelor’s degree from Howard University in 1986.

Bunyan is an award-winning journalist who spent more than 40 years an anchor for newscasts on Washington television stations WJLA and WUSA. She is a founder and board member of the International Women’s Media Foundation, and a founder of the National Association of Black Journalists.

She was named a "Washingtonian of the Year" in 1992 and has been inducted into the Hall of Fame of the Washington Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, "The Silver Circle" of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and the Broadcast Pioneers Club of Washington. Ms. Bunyan also attended Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and Harvard University Graduate School of Education, where she earned a Master's degree.

Traylor is a graduate professor of English at Howard and acclaimed scholar and critic in African-American literature and criticism. Her work has appeared in the form of chapter essays, biographies, articles, and papers on such writers as Larry Neal, Henry Dumas, Toni Cade Bambara, Margaret Walker, James Baldwin, Toni Morrison, and Richard Wright. She is the author of Broad Sympathy: The Howard University Oral Traditions Reader, The Humanities and Afro-American Literary Tradition and cultural scripts for the Smithsonian Institution’s Program in Black American Culture. She received a Bachelor’s degree from Spelman College, a Master’s degree from Atlanta University and a doctoratefrom Catholic University, where she pursued her interests in African-American literature and mythology. She later received a Merrill Scholarship to the Stuttgarter Hochschule in West Germany and a research fellowship to study at the Institute of African Studies in Ghana and Nigeria.

Murray, was an American civil rights activist, women's rights activist, lawyer, and author. who became one of the first women ordained as an Episcopal priest in 1977. She was a quiet force behind some of the most iconic civil rights and social justice events of the 20th century. Thurgood Marshall regarded her book, “States’ Laws on Race and Color,” as the “bible” in crafting his arguments for famous Brown vs. Board of Education Supreme Court case that ended legal segregation in public schools.

Along with Betty Friedan and 30 others, Murray was a founding member of the National Organization for Women. Murray was graduated first in her class, but she was denied the chance to do post-graduate work at Harvard University because of her gender. She was the only female in her Howard University Law School class in 1944 and graduated first in her class. She earned a master's degree in law at University of California, Berkeley, and in 1965 she became the first African American to receive a Doctor of Juridical Science degree from Yale Law School. She died in 1985.


Women Leading The Way – Salute to Women in STEAM Pop-Up Live Museum

SAN BERNARDINO, CA – Mobile Commerce Digital Technology Alliance and Girls Got Geek will host the 2nd Annual Women Leading The Way Pop-Up Museum: Salute to Women in STEAM. This edutainment event will feature a magnificent living museum to inspire and motivate young girls and ignite their interest in science, technology, engineering, math, and other non-traditional careers. Honorees will share personal stories of what it takes to be successful in areas where women are underrepresented.

Women continue to advance in education and the world of work. Yet in spite of these advances, women still lag behind in non-traditional fields.

“I believe we are what we see,” said museum Curator Cynthia Frazier. “What is a girl to do when she doesn’t see herself in a career field?” she continued.

This is a unique, fun, educational event where history will magically be transformed into life by local students and adults. Guests will enjoy an interactive, hands on, multidimensional art exhibition, performances, a video gallery, an elegant conversation reception, and special recognition by local elected officials.

In addition, a special monologue tribute from the play Ashbury Tree, written over five years ago by the late Richard O. Jones will be presented by Martha Brantley Jackson, Director and Monica McMurtry, Actress. The play is a story about Henrietta Lacks.

WHERE: San Bernardino Valley College 701 South Mt. Vernon St. B100 (Lot 11) San Bernardino CA 92410

WHEN: Sunday, May 7, 2017 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

PURPOSE: To inspire curiosity about the contributions of women in STEAM through the enjoyment of visual and performing arts

AUDIENCE: Youth and their parents, educators, business and community leaders

HONOREES: Arlene Garcia, Director at Job Corps, Andrea Jones, San Bernardino County Sheriff's Dispatcher, and Dr. Deborah Small

For more details, or to RSVP, visit www.WomenL or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 219 S. Riverside #193 Rialto CA 92376


Broad Coalition of Legislators, Educators and Parents Back 3 Bills to Stop Waste, Fraud and Abuse, Ensure Equal Access for All Students at California’s Charter Schools

SACRAMENTO – Lawmakers, educators, parents and a broad coalition of community supporters joined for a news conference today in the State Capitol to shed light on a very important package of bills that must be enacted to ensure California charter school accountability and transparency and to also ensure unbiased access to all students.

SB 808 by Sen. Tony Mendoza, AB 1478 by Assembly Member Reggie Jones-Sawyer and AB 1360 by Assembly Member Rob Bonta would address many of the injustices and fraudulent practices that are negatively impacting California’s students.

SB 808 would ensure local control by allowing charter schools to be authorized only by the school district in which the charters would be located. “It is important, especially as an educator, to have people engage in open discussion about ensuring that our children’s educational system continues to improve. Part of ensuring that our education system advances is to make sure that all schools – charter and traditional – are held accountable for the concerns of parents and students,” said Senator Mendoza, author of SB 808.

AB 1478 would require charter school governing boards to comply with existing laws rightfully demanding transparency and accountability to parents and the public in the operation of taxpayer-funded schools.

“Evidence shows that this lack of accountability has led to financial gains for for-profit corporate charter operators, has too often been disastrous for thousands of California students and has cost taxpayers millions of dollars in waste, fraud and abuse,” said Terri Jackson, California Teachers Association Board Member and fourth-grade teacher in Contra Costa County. “Public education should be about kids, not profits. Instead of subsidizing corporate charter schools run by for-profit companies with taxpayer dollars, we should be using the money to strengthen our local neighborhood public schools for all California children.”

The California Federation of Teachers also co-sponsored the bills urging lawmakers and the governor to enact them to stop the fraudulent and wasteful spending of taxpayer dollars. “By creating non-profit shells, charter corporations are able to hide behind a technicality to skim off profits from public dollars. AB 1478 will help put an end to this practice, and this package of bills will make charter schools more accountable overall,” said Gemma Abels, a CFT Vice President and president of the Morgan Hill Federation of Teachers.

AB 1360 would set new requirements for charter schools’ admission, suspension and expulsion policies, bringing them more in line with traditional schools. “AB 1360 provides equal opportunity for our students by ensuring they have fair access to learning opportunities in all publicly funded California schools,” said Assembly Member Bonta. “Our young people must not be disadvantaged or pushed out of learning environments through unfair admissions policies or disciplinary rules. AB 1360 puts our children first.”

The impact on California’s students has raised many red flags for community supporters around the state, causing heightened attention, concern and action to ensure social justice, equity and consistent application of policies for all students regardless of ZIP code.

"The Alliance for Boys and Men of Color is co-sponsoring AB 1360 because we are committed to ensuring all schools have nondiscriminatory admissions policies and procedural protections for students in place guaranteed by the right to due process that are clear and consistent,” said Jordan Thierry, Senior Associate, Alliance for Boys and Men of Color. “This legislation will help ensure decisions related to admissions or disciplinary actions are not arbitrary, but rather based on established guidelines aligned with state and federal law."

Support for these bills is widespread. In fact, the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education, at the helm of the district where there are many recent cases in which the FBI is investigating fraud and fiscal mismanagement at charter operations like at Celerity Educational Group, adopted a resolution April 18 in support of this legislation that would provide much relief for the students in LAUSD schools.

“These bills reflect the idea that all publicly funded charter schools must adhere to the same accountability and transparency standards as district public schools. In Tuesday’s vote, the School Board signaled that the Trump/DeVos ‘anything goes’ agenda to privatize our public schools is not welcome in Los Angeles,” said United Teachers Los Angeles President Alex Caputo-Pearl about the school board’s action. “We applaud George McKenna, Steve Zimmer, Scott Schmerelson, and Richard Vladovic, all veteran classroom teachers, counselors, and school administrators, who led the charge in this important vote.”

During the 2016 statewide campaign and, once again, in the school board election in Los Angeles, corporate billionaires with a coordinated agenda to privatize public schools are spending millions of dollars to elect candidates whose agenda is aligned to theirs. A concerned group of educators, parents and community supporters launched Kids Not Profits. The campaign exposes privately managed charter schools, their impact on students, the billionaires behind them and urges supporters to take action to demand that state lawmakers create stronger charter regulations, more accountability, transparency and equal access for all students.

Recent news headlines and academic studies have documented the waste, fraud and abuse by privately managed charter schools that have cost taxpayers millions while hurting students. A new report from national nonprofit In the Public Interest finds that much of this public investment, hundreds of millions of dollars, has been misspent on schools that do not fulfill the intent of state charter school policy and undermine the financial viability of California’s public school districts.

In a report released earlier this month, Spending Blind: The Failure of Policy Planning in California’s Charter School Facility Funding, In the Public Interest reveals that a substantial portion of the more than $2.5 billion in tax dollars or taxpayer subsidized financing spent on California charter school facilities in the past 15 years has been misspent on: schools that underperformed nearby traditional public schools; schools built in districts that already had enough classroom space; schools that were found to have discriminatory enrollment policies; and, in the worst cases, schools that engaged in unethical or corrupt practices.

An ACLU report, “Unequal Access,” found that more than 20 percent of California’s charter schools deny access to students with disabilities, English learners, or students who have lower grades and test scores. The NAACP recently called for a ban on privately managed charters.

Charter school scandals continue to make headlines, while another report shows that an expansion of privately run charter schools would cost the Los Angeles Unified School District more than $500 million this year alone.

And important to note, research by In The Public Interest shows Californians overwhelmingly favor proposals to reform charter schools—proposals that include strengthening charter school accountability and transparency, improving teacher training and qualifications, preventing fraud, returning money to taxpayers when charter schools close, and ensuring that neighborhood public schools are not adversely affected.


A lesson for the nation’s Education Secretary: Serve public, not private interests

This year’s swearing in of a new Congress and President signaled a surge of new ideas and approaches to government. However, no elected or appointed official should ever depart from or diminish the primary role of government: service to the American people. Ours was, is and must remain a democracy that affords every citizen the opportunity to become a productive and contributing member of society.

Yet in recent weeks, the Department of Education has taken a series of specific actions that depart from our creed and duty. By disregarding the needs of 40 million debt-laden student loan borrowers who collectively owe more than $1.2 trillion, it seems one of the Education Department’s top priorities is to respond to concerns of student loan servicers hired and paid with taxpayer dollars.

Where is a DeVos plan to address these still-growing concerns? With more philanthropic than administrative expertise, hearing from student borrowers, higher education officials and consumer advocates would provide insightful benefits to the new Education Secretary.

In 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) received 12,300 student loan complaints. Of these, the vast majority – 67 percent – concerned either their lender or their servicer. Another 30 percent of student loan complaints focused on fees, billing, credit reporting, defaults and fraud.

“More frequently than other issues, non-federal and federal student loan borrowers expressed their concerns relating to trouble with how payments are handled,” states CFPB’s report. “Borrowers complained of misapplied payments and inaccurate accounting of payments. Some borrowers complained of misapplication of payments and reported that payments were not applied to specific accounts, but rather applied to all accounts managed by the servicer.”

Ironically, servicer complaints made many mortgage borrowers frustrated too, especially during the housing crisis. Whatever the loan financed, borrowers were pleading with servicers to act responsively and fairly.

Despite minimal standards of accountability, on April 4 the National Council of Higher Education Resources (NCHER), the organization that represents student loan servicers, wrote the Chairs and Ranking Members of the House Appropriations Committee and its Education subcommittee. In part, the letter wrote, “the amount that is paid to servicers is not sufficient to cover the currently requested services or the expected services that borrowers need to begin paying their student loans.”

In everyday language, that concerns sounds a lot like, ‘you don’t pay me enough to do this job’.

Add to that interpretation the Trump Administration’s proposed $6 billion budget cut to the Department of Education, more money for servicers doesn’t seem likely anytime soon. Further, negotiations for new servicing contracts are expected to start this year. The NCHER letter could be interpreted as an unofficial start to those negotiations.

Just one week after NCHER wrote federal lawmakers, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos wrote James W. Runcie, the Chief Operating Officer for Federal Student Aid, rolling back important guidance on student loan servicing. The now retracted guidance protected borrowers in three key ways:

1. Providing borrowers access to accurate information and consistent service;

2. Regular audits of both records and complaints to be used in compliance reviews; and

3. Connecting servicer compensation to measurable actions such as payment processing time, length of response time to inquiries, and errors.

By reversing steps designed to assist student loan borrowers and safeguard taxpayer investment, servicers will also have less accountability. Before the Education Department turns away from fair treatment of enforcement and loan regulation, officials should know that research and data have consistently illustrated broad borrower mistreatment at the hands of servicers. Should the Department fail to monitor itself, borrowers can still seek enforcement and protection from state officials and the CFPB. Both entities have demonstrated an interest and willingness to act on behalf of consumers, even if the Department of Education will not.

CFPB is the consumer’s federal cop-on-the-beat. But it too is facing challenges as President Trump has publicly vowed a regulatory rollback in general and a haircut specifically for the CFPB. As some have maintained in public policy debates, regulation has gotten in the way of private enterprise.

No one should dismiss or forget that the private sector has always been guided and motivated by profitability. In state capitols across the country and on Capitol Hill, private interests bank roll lobbyists to cut their taxes, reduce regulation, and appoint officials who will support policies that increase their respective bottom lines. For example, Robert Eitel, senior counselor to Secretary DeVos, previously served as an attorney for Bridgepoint Education, Inc., that operates multiple for-profit colleges.

By contrast, the public sector, i.e. government, should be guided by the duties and obligations of public service. School children have been taught for decades that government is ‘for, by, and of the people’. That pledge should include consumer protection and fiscal accountability. The American people should never be denied or shortchanged for the sake of private entities looking for more lucrative contracts.

It’s a lesson that the Education Secretary needs to learn.


CTA Statewide Day of Action May 1: Standing Up for All Students; Free Public Education is a Basic Civil Right

BURLINGAME — Dedicated educators have declared May 1 CTA’s Statewide Day of Action to bring awareness to issues that face public schools and colleges, as well as those our immigrant students and their families are facing from the Trump administration’s threats to rip families apart. Educators are working alongside parents and community groups to organize hundreds of unity “walk-ins” at schools, rallies, and other events on May 1 to demonstrate support for local public schools, to stand up for all students, and as a show of resistance to the dismantling of public education by the White House and U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos.

“Free public education is the most basic civil right and the building block of our democracy and that is why thousands of Californians will be coming together on May 1st,” said CTA President Eric Heins. “We are leading the charge because our students deserve a free, quality public education, a safe school free from the threat of being deported, or the threat of coming home to a family that’s been torn apart by ICE. Students deserve a school that has all the resources they need to succeed. If there was ever a time for us to bring our communities together to send a strong unified message to the administration and all those who seek to do away with the middle class and decimate public education by privatizing our schools, that time is now!”

The list of events being planned is growing by the day. Contact CTA about events planned in your media market.

Social justice actions include workshops on immigration rights and asking the public to take the pledge to support public education by signing the petition at

May Day has been linked to international workers' rights since it began May 1, 1886. More recently, May Day has served as a national day of action to raise awareness about immigration rights and the need to keep families together as they fight for a better life.


April 29 Event Celebrates Student Achievement And Talent In San Bernardino City Schools

A family-friendly festival is planned for Saturday, April 29 at Cal State San Bernardino to celebrate student achievement and the talent of performing artists and budding scientists.

The iCreate Festival will be held at the university’s Yasuda Center. The iCreate Festival: A Celebration of Academics and Visual and Performing Arts will feature the District’s CAPS Expanded Learning students leading hands-on robotics, science, and engineering demonstrations, while other students will showcase their talent through song and dance.

“We have so many students across all grade levels who are passionate about STEAM,” said Dennis Warman, director of CAPS Expanded Learning. “And, other children express their creativity through the performing arts. Both are talents that should be equally celebrated.”

Thousands of District students from kindergarten through high school participate in CAPS academic enrichment programs before and after school. Those programs boost what students learn during the school day by focusing on STEAM, short for science, technology, engineering, arts, and math.

The iCreate Festival is a partnership between the District, San Bernardino Community College District, and Cal State San Bernardino. Other partners include C.H.O.R.D.S., the Arrowhead United Way, Alliance for Education, and U.C. Riverside, among others.

iCreate will run from 9 a.m. to noon. This event is free and open to the public. Parking at Cal State San Bernardino is free on Saturday, April 29 for this event.


Gamma Omega Chapter’s Youth Group Take Steps To Enhance Their Education

Gamma Omega Chapter’s Youth Group of Eta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. sponsored their First Fund Raiser Event of the year by hosting a Southern Cat Fish Fry, on March 25th 2017 at the American Legion #710 Auxiliary in the city of San Bernardino.

The goal of the fund raiser was to facilitate the youth attendance at the Sorority’s Youth Conference in the year 2018. The conference gives an opportunity for the youth to earn scholarships, promote personal growth and provide career awareness program.

SHAD Club #62 the male members of the sorority assisted the youth with their fund raiser. SHAD’s President Anthony Bell states that “Every opportunity must be awarded to the youth to ensure that they are successful academically and professionally.”


San Bernardino Valley College Hosts Regional Adult Education Consortium

SAN BERNARDINO, California (March 30, 2017) ?—? On March 7, the Inland Adult Education Consortium hosted the 2017 Adult Education Block Grant (AEBG) Regional Training Series at San Bernardino Valley College.

The California Community College Chancellor’s Office (CCCCO) and the California Department of Education (CDE) are tasked to work together to implement the requirements outlined in the AEBG, which provides funds to support public education for adults.

Through legislature AB104, the providers of adult education services are working collectively to assist adults striving to advance in their education, gain employment, and improve wages through a comprehensive California partnership at the state level through CDE and CCCCO and in the field through consortia and partners for an alignment of services, as outlined by the state AEBG Office.

Over 100 Southern California educators gathered in SBVC’s Business Conference Center for the AEBG training series on March 7.

SBVC’s AEBG Administrator, Emma Diaz, said the college was chosen to host the training because it is the largest consortium within San Bernardino County, and is centrally located in the heart of the Inland Empire. It was the first time SBVC was asked to host the entire region, and more than 100 people attended two sessions?—?in the morning, AEBG State Representative Neil Kelly covered policy guidance for the AEBG, including a timeline of deliverables, data collection guidelines, and an overview of funding for future years, and in the afternoon, attendees learned about technical submission of the data from Jay Wright, California accountability manager with CASAS.

“It was exciting to host the event for the state AEBG office,” Diaz said. “We had 14 regional consortia from throughout the Southland represented at the event.”


The next Einstein?

Did you know that one of America's top physicists is a young woman by the name of Sabrina Gonzalez Pasterski? She's a 22-year-old phenomenon who graduated from MIT with a 5.0 Grade Point Average and is now a Ph.D. candidate at Harvard where they call her "the next Einstein," reports the Association of Mature American Citizens.

In fact, Professor Stephen Hawking, one of the most celebrated minds in science, has Ms. Pasterski on his radar. Hawking has even cited papers she wrote on the topic of quantum gravity.

But Ms. Pasterski is known to be a down-to-earth individual who is embarrassed when people compare her to Einstein. As she puts it, "Sorry for the title; my mentors appear to have astronomically high hopes for me."

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