African Americans demanded justice after the tragic killing of teenager Trayvon Martin, but a jury in Florida failed to convict his killer, George Zimmerman. The case reflects a long history of inequality between African Americans and white Americans in the criminal justice system.
So far, no Head Start programs in Ohio have been affected by the federal government shutdown. But Barbara Haxton with the Ohio Head Start Association says if there’s no resolution, 11 Head Start facilities across the state will shut down, stranding 2-thousand kids and over a thousand staffers.
"So if those agencies close, families will be lookng for additional care for their children during the day, staff will be laid off - hopefully collecting unemployment for the duration - and programs will be shut down. It's really a bad scene.”
The Ohio Department of Education says it's almost done reviewing how altered attendance data affected state report cards for schools in eight districts.
The Northridge district in Montgomery County and Winton Woods in Hamilton County are among those that will get recalculated district and school report cards for the 2010-2011 school year once the investigation is finished.
A newspaper analysis finds the gap between black and white students' scores on Ohio's standardized exams persists even when economic advantages are considered.
The Columbus Dispatch review published Sunday found the scores of black students from affluent families and highly rated schools still lag far behind those of their white peers.
The newspaper analyzed data from more than two dozen state tests given last year to kindergarten through high school students. It found the average passage rate was 64 percent among black students, and 87 percent among white students.