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$62B Education Cuts Proposed Your Resource for Over 50 Years The Community's Newspaper - Serving Riverside County, Eastern Los Angeles County & San Bernardino County I wholly disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it - Voltaire Thursday, April 4, 2019 Vol. 54 - No 35 I.E. Black Parent Summit (See Page A-6) By Dianne Anderson StaffWriter Dr. April Clay and a colleague recently got a taste of what local Black parents go through on a daily basis. Walking into one school district ice, they were mistaken as parents and received less than a warm welcome, until they identified themselves as consultants on site to attend a planned meeting. The mood in the room changed quickly. The treatment I got standing there as a parent was very different than when I told them that I was there for the meeting as a consultant, she said. Unfortunate, but typical, it was not surprising. She said that its precisely the kind of invisible wall that prevents Black parents from connecting with staff and teachers, even when trying to volunteer. They often face unfriendly school environments that keep them away. Its not just in San Bernardino, it's happening all over, said Clay, who has worked as a consultant and education advocate for nearly 20 years. She is inviting Black parents to come out for a day of parental empowerment, to share their concerns, and learn their rights. They can meet up with other like- minded parents to learn how to advocate for their kids. On Tuesday, April 16, the event will be held at Victoria Gardens Cultural Center in Rancho Cucamonga, featuring keynote speakers Riverside County Superintendent of Schools Judy White, and Dr. Daniel Walker. The event runs from 7:30 a.m. To 2:45 p.m. She believes the more that parents show up in a united front, the better it will be to help promote positive policy in the future. How to fix the disconnect between the Black student achievement gap, the school system and the absence of Black parents at meetings is the missing piece of the puzzle, she said. We go to our kids awards night, we go to our kids' games, we go to activities, she said. We dont go to meetings because its not the kind of spaces where we get our needs met or treated with respect. Through her many years serving professionally, and volunteering as a concerned parent, she recognizes how policy decisions are slipping past the community. She said that when the community is not at the table, and does not ight for the vote, they usually dont know what happened until after the decisions are made. She is also concerned with the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP), which allocates more money for schools with higher concentrations of high needs students, English learners, low-income students, and foster youth. That funding can be tweaked to meet the needs of Black students, she said, but parents have to be present at the meetings to have a voice in how its spent. Looking across the data, the achievement gap for Black students is indisputable. While money flows down specifically to close academic gaps, she said it's not targeted or funneled to support Black students in the same way as other subgroups. The state has moved to remove race as a factor, we have to find other ways to include ourselves, she said. Once our parents understand LCAP better, they can advocate that the dollars get specified for Black students. In getting African American parent participation, timing is also important. Districts hold regular meetings about funding, but getting parents in on the process to understand and review the available funding is critical. She feels districts can get better about working around parent schedules, such as Saturdays and in the evenings. Taking time to build relationships is a big part of the equation. Not long ago, she watched one district presenter at a meeting spotlight what seemed to be a lot of dollars spent on African American student achievement. But, she Missing & Forgotten: Bias Given to Black Girls Who Disappear The National Newspaper Publishers Association Continues its series on missing Black women and girls. By Stacy M. Brown NNPA Newswire Correspondent Have you heard of Andreen Nicole McDonald of Texas? She's young, just 29 years old, pretty, married to a military husband and missing. Like thousands of other black females whove gone missing, there has been no national media coverage of her disappearance. Earlier this month, her husband, Andre McDonald, was arrested in connection to his wifes disappearance. Andreeen is still missing, but presumed dead. Police say that Andre McDonald bought a shovel, an ax, two five-gallon drums of gasoline, work gloves, heavy duty trash bags and a burn barrel, after friends reported his wife missing. He tried to destroy the receipt for those items to conceal the timing and whereabouts of his purchase, (Cont. on Page A-6) Neuman Sneed II Named Sir Knight The Social Lites, Inc. celebrated its 52nd Beautillion Ball on Saturday, March 30, at the National Orange Show in San Bernardino. Over 300 guests were in attendance to witness ive distinguished young men introduced to society naming Neuman Sneed II Sir Knight 2019 and awarding approximately $30,000 in scholarships and gifts to all Knights. Speakers included Alumni Knight Malichi Davis, Sir Knight 2018, and student at Moorehouse University; and Alumni Knight, Harry Le Grande, Interim Vice President, Student Affairs at CSU, San Bernardino. SBCUSD Chief of Police Joe Paulino received the Social Lites, Inc. Community Service Award. Sir Knight Neuman Sneed II was awarded a $6,500 academic scholarship, $1,000 scholarship for participating in the Evan T. Carthen Emerging Leader essay contest, and named Mr. Congeniality. The award included a monetary gift along with receiving electronic gifts to prepare for college. Knight Jordan Dean-Reynoso, First place was awarded a $3,500 scholarship, $9,000 scholarship for winning The Evan T. Carthen Emerging Leader essay contest and provided with additional gifts. Knight Syree Rucker- Spears, Second place, was awarded a $3,000 Alumni Scholarship and provided with additional gifts. Knight Tynan Currie was awarded $1,100 for earning the President Scholarship in addition to a $1,000 scholarship for participating in the Evan T. Carthen Emerging Leader essay contest in addition to other gifts. Knight Zamir Subero was awarded the $1,000 Perseverance Scholarship in addition to receiving other gifts. Congratulations to all young men and best wishes for a bright future! (Cont. on Page A-6) said Deidra Robey, founder of Black and Missing But Not Forgotten, a nonprofit based in Baton Rouge, La. After his arrest, the news coverage seemed to stop. It did not go beyond local news, and even though the FBI is involved in the case, the story was never picked up nationally. I can only imagine that this is because shes just not the right color, Robey said. When Victoria S. Wright was last seen, at about 5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 27, the 13-year-old was clutching a silver fannie pack and standing on the porch of a family members home along Dale Drive in Portsmouth, Virginia. Wearing a black hoodie with white writing, light colored blue jeans, and light blue and white tennis shoes, Victoria suddenly vanished. Police suspect she may have run away. However, theres a chance that the longer she's missing Victoria, like McDonald and so many others, will join an ever- growing list of black girls who are gone and have been sadly forgotten by mainstream media, where coverage is too-often manipulated by the latest thong or see-through attire worn by a Kardashian, or the most recent tantrum thrown by President Donald Trump. As Trump cries that a border wall is needed to eliminate an imaginary crisis, organizations like the Black and Missing But Not Forgotten, the Black and Missing Foundation (BAM) in Landover Hills, Maryland, and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) in Alexandria, Va., struggle to shed light on the real emergency that is of the nations missing. More than 424,066 girls of all races have gone missing since the beginning of 2018, according to NCMEC. More than half of the total are women and girls of color, according to BAM, who, like NCMEC, rely on statistics from the FBI. The majority of these children most likely come from marginalized communities, and are primarily low-income people of color, said Dr. Ronnie A. Dunn, an interim chief diversity & inclusion icer and associate professor of Urban Studies at Cleveland

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