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Opinion
Rosita Chatonda, a "structured-out" Black teacher, calls for the U.S. Justice Department to: 
"Investigate the Massive Terminations of African American Teachers in 
U.S. Schools"
Chatonda says "More than 100,000 Black teachers have been terminated."
By Rosita Chatonda
April 14, 2014
 
From Massachusetts to Michigan, from New York to New Orleans, tens of thousands of Black teachers are being "structured out" of the Education field. The Chicago Public Schools is no exemption. Over 6,000 Black teachers lost their jobs in the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) between 2010 and 2013. 
 
In 3 years, can 6,000 educators become incompetent?  Would 6,000 educators decide to retire all at once? Since the year 2000, over 10,000 have lost their jobs.  The same is true for almost every large urban school district highly populated by African Americans. Cities like New Orleans, Detroit, Philadelphia and many more have been affected.   

 

Nationwide over 100,000 African American teachers have been terminated.  Massive termination of African-American teachers since the late 1990s needs an explanation. We request the following: 

 

  1.      An investigation into the massive terminations of African-American teachers (in Chicago and across America);
  2.         An investigation on how E3s or Corrective Actions in all states are executed;
  3.        An investigation on possible repercussions to African American teachers who advocated against the expulsions and suspensions of Black students;
  4.      An investigation on pseudo-evaluations performed on African American teachers who cared to get involved and helped students get the resources the needed;
  5.        An investigation into practices that attorneys used that are not in compliance with the law, e.g., bringing unsubstantiated charges against African American teachers;
  6.          An investigation into why thousands of African American teachers who paid union dues over several decades were unable to get due process support from our collective bargaining units.  In other words, the unions have not protected us. 

 

The decimation of Black teachers for the last 60 years, since the Brown vs.

Topeka Board of Education decision, is an issue that has remained silent for too long. We need an investigation and the overturn of all "suspicious" dismissals of tenured teachers and long-term staff that occurred in the past fifteen years.

 

Please contact the following authorities with your concerns:

  1. Attorney General, Eric H. Holder, Jr.,- 202-514-2001 
  2. United States Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan - 1-800-USA-LEARN (1-800-872-5327)
  3. White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans (WHIEEAA) David Johns - Executive Director - 202-205-9853 
  4. White House - Comments: 202-456-1111, Switchboard: 202-456-1414
  5. Click Here to sign a petition on this issue
Kelley Williams-Bolar, the woman jailed for seeking the best education for her daughters, is speaking about education, in Chicago, Saturday, May 10, 2014. Please call 773.285.9600 to RSVP or to get Ms. William-Bolar, a "real Black Tiger Mama", to speak in your city. 

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Mom Jailed for Enrolling Kids in School Tells Her Story in New Book, Film  

On charges related to the investigation, 

her father went to prison and died there 

  

By Khadijah Z. Ali-Coleman

March 2014  

 

In 2011, Kelley Williams-Bolar was jailed for sending her two daughters to school in a predominately White school district in which her father lived. This year, audiences will be able to get a more in-depth look behind-the-scenes when her story is brought to life with her upcoming book, The Kelly Williams-Bolar Story set for an April 1 release and a movie, directed by Stephen Stix Josey and starring Garrett Morris and A Different World's Charnele Brown, who will portray Williams-Bolar.

 

The family had lived in an Akron, Ohio housing project neighborhood where lacking schooling options spurred her to ask her father if she could she use his address to enroll her children in a school in his Copley Township school district in Ohio. 

 

Her children were enrolled for two years until the school district filed criminal charges against her for enrolling her children in a school district where she was not a legal resident. Williams-Bolar, like many of her supporters, to this day, asserts that the charges were racially motivated.

 

Williams-Bolar's father, Edward L. Williams, was charged with a fourth-degree felony of grand theft, in which he and his daughter were charged with defrauding the school system for two years of educational services for their girls despite the fact that Edward Williams was a legal resident of the neighborhood. 

 

The court ruled that sending their children to the school was worth $30,500 in tuition, which Williams-Bolar was responsible for repaying. She asserts that although she became singled out, she was not the only parent at the school who had made the same decision.

 

Her father was still being held on charges relating to the investigation fueled by Williams-Bolar's case, and he wound up losing his home and later dying while in prison in 2012.

 

Two years after his death, Williams-Bolar has been able to find and maintain work in her field of education while enrolling one of her daughters in private school. However, she is currently struggling to pay the tuition.

 

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Prayers and Condolences 
for California Crash 
Victims and Survivors
 
The Black Star Project sends our condolences to the families, friends and classmates of the students, chaperones, drivers and survivors involved in the California bus accident. 
Marisol Serrato (left) and Marisa Serrato (right), both fatal victims of the crash.
(Photo provided by their brother, Miguel Serrato)
Survivors of the crash
The Black Star Project 
Is Looking For A Few Good Women
to Mentor Black Girls


The Black Star Project is starting a girls mentor program that will be housed at The Black Star Project on Thursdays, between 6:30 pm and 8:30 pm. 
We are inviting women who want to mentor young girls 10 to 16 years old to come and register for this program.  Join us: 
 
 
Thursday, April 17, 2014, 6:30 pm 
The Black Star Project, Suite 2B 
3509 South King Drive 
Chicago, Illinois 60653
The Black Star Project 
supports The Answer Inc. 
and their work with Autism

Please call 708-296-5651 for more information
Please click here to donate to The Answer Inc.
Please click here to learn more about The Answer Inc.
Education for Reparations
Saturday, April 19, 2014
Emil Jones Convocation Center
Chicago State University
95th and King Drive
Chicago, Illinois
2:00 PM Sharp
Please call 773.268.7500 ext. 141 for more information.
Los Angeles Fathers Prevent Child Abuse, Neglect and Sex Trafficking
-  Rally Easter Weekend

Los Angeles, CA.  "Fathers Against Child Abuse & Neglect + Sex Trafficking" have arranged to meet and discuss major solutions as related to child maltreatment during the upcoming community event on April 19, 2014 in observance of National Child Abuse Prevention Month.

 

Multiple fatherhood, mentoring, community and faith-based organizations will join host Concerned Black Men of Los Angeles (CBMLA) and presenter, Street Positive, in an afternoon of real talk on one of America's most preventable crimes. Child abuse and neglect.

 

Scheduled during Easter weekend, the organizers have asked "WWJD when it comes to outreaching to prevent crimes against children?"  Also, enjoy men and artists as they perform live to deliver powerful testimony and engage in dialogue about abuse and prevention.

 

Mark your calendar as "Fathers Against Child Abuse & Neglect + Sex Trafficking" get ready to street grind in protecting our youth.  You do not want to miss this move by fathers to protect children! 

 

Limited exhibitor space available  Call: (909) 880-9427.