Michigan – State Superintendent Brian Whiston is seeking to take actions against school districts that refuse to remove degrading mascots. The issue derived from Paw Paw, when the school board still voted 4-3 to keep the district’s Redskins mascot and logo. Superintendent Whiston wants to fine school districts five to ten percent of their state aid as a repercussion for not dropping the racist or degrading mascot and logo.
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OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma’s American Indian students continue to lead the nation in math and reading scores. The 2015 National Indian Education Study (NIES) released today shows significant gains in reading for Oklahoma fourth-graders, who scored 19 points above the national average.
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Havasupai Elementary, one of the many tribal schools that are facing poverty, high drop out rate, and some of the worst conditions on reservations is taking action against the U.S. Sheldon Manakaja, a council member said, “you have eighth graders reading and writing on a second-third-grade level.” The condition of the building reported mold, asbestos, faulty electrical systems, structural problems, and other deficiencies throughout the school. The Trump administration as not claimed a position on these schools. Nor has the Interior Department.
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The U.S. Department of Education is seeking highly qualified individuals to serve as peer reviewers of State plans. Peer reviewers will evaluate whether each State plan meets statutory and regulatory requirements and the degree to which each State plan will support the improvements within the areas of: consultation and performance management; academic assessments; accountability, support, and improvement for schools. If your State can improve from any of the areas mentioned above, then make a difference by applying to become a peer reviewer.
The link to the application click here.
Deadline for the application is January 27, 2017.
The Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi and the State of Michigan revised their gaming compact to allocate up to $500,000 for Michigan Native American Heritage Fund. The funds can serve as needed such as, “resources related to Native American issues and mascot revisions.” To learn more information about the agreement click here.