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Racial Discrimination at Strayer University

Posted by Admin On April - 25 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS
Strayer University leadership under fire for racial discrimination and abuse of power 
By Sandra Wyckoff
Bryan Jones, President of Strayer University

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) – In separate complaints filed in Virginia and Tennessee, employees at Strayer University, one of the largest for-profit college systems in the US, have alleged systematic racial discrimination and sexual harassment by the institutions leadership. The suits further allege that Strayer President Bryan Jones attempted to use bribery and other coercive acts to cover up these activities.The complaints allege among other things that Mr. Dub Taylor, a prominent Professor of Business at Strayer, was offered promotions including the title of Vice President for the expressed purpose of firing another African American employee, Ms. Gina Reed.

He was later fired for refusing to dismiss Ms. Reed. Ms. Reed alleges in her complaint that she was discriminated against because she had filed a sexual harassment claim.

Mark Lazarz, attorney for Mr. Taylor and Ms. Reed, comments, “This may seem like an ordinary story of workplace dysfunction, but the sinister and cynical use of one African American to fire another African American demonstrates a new low in corporate malice. In a week where United Airlines has used jackbooted tactics to remove a passenger from a plane, we must remain vigilante in calling out bad actors and holding their feet to the fire.”

Strayers situation is particularly troubling because over 60% of their student body is African American.

When contacted for comment, Mr. Taylor stated, Over the past year, I trusted Brian Jones with my career and I thought that he would guide me to better my career in higher education. I would never have thought that he would gain my trust and then attempt to get me to do something unethical.

When asked if she was surprised by the actions of Strayer and its president, her response was incredulous, Surprised, shocked, but more than anything, I was disappointed. In specific reference to Mr. President Jones, Ms. Reed stated, I felt like this was the ultimate betrayal… It was a total shocker.

Attorney Mark Lazarz has expressed sincere frustration at the situation. He comments, I am continually surprised by the actions of corporate leadership. Mr. Jones was recently appointed to the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI) by Speaker Paul Ryan. I am committed to seeing justice done in this case!”


Photo Caption: Bryan Jones, President of Strayer University


School Districts’ Annual Financial Profiles Reveal Consequences of Inadequate and Inequitable State Funding

Posted by Admin On April - 13 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

  Many school districts incurred debt to cover normal operations


SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) voted to approve the Annual Financial Profiles (AFP) for school districts statewide. ISBE created the 2017 AFP by analyzing school districts’ fiscal year 2016 Annual Financial Reports. View the 2017 Annual Financial Profiles at https://www.isbe.net/Pages/School-District-Financial-Profile.aspx.

Statewide in FY 2016, the increase in total operational revenues exceeded the increase in total operational expenditures, leading to a slight increase in school districts’ overall scores for financial strength. However, more than a fourth of all Illinois school districts issued short- or long-term debt to sustain normal operations. School districts pay interest on outstanding debt, which decreases the funds available for education services in the future. Many school districts also eliminated staff and programming to reduce operational costs.

“Illinois school districts’ financial health has improved over the last year, but at what cost to students?” said State Superintendent of Education Tony Smith, Ph.D. “Illinois must overhaul our school funding model, which is the most inadequate and the most inequitable in the country. Every school district in the state is having to make hard choices to cover the day-to-day costs of keeping their schools’ doors open. Forcing school districts to rely primarily on taxing local property wealth to fund education inherently means the students who need the most will receive the least. We expect dedication, innovation, and improvement from our administrators, educators, and students; we owe them the resources necessary to meet those expectations.”

Statute requires the AFP analysis to count mandated categorical program (MCAT) funds as revenue, though school districts received their final FY 2016 quarterly MCAT payment six months late. School districts have not received any MCAT payments for the first three quarters of FY 2017.

The profiles provide school districts and their stakeholders with information on school districts’ financial integrity. School districts receive a score from 1.00 (lowest financial strength) to 4.00 (highest financial strength) and a corresponding designation (4.00 through 3.54: Financial Recognition; 3.53 through 3.08: Financial Review; 3.07 through 2.62: Financial Warning; and 2.61 through 1.00: Financial Watch).

ISBE developed the AFP in 2003 in consultation with experts in finance and lending, credit agencies, and school district business officials in order to promote sound financial management. The profiles examine five key indicators of financial integrity: fund balance to revenue ratio, expenditure to revenue ratio, days cash on hand, percentage of short-term borrowing ability remaining, and percentage of long-term borrowing ability remaining.

ISBE provides tools and guidance on financial management to all school districts seeking assistance and to school districts designated in Financial Watch.

Rep. Stratton Legislation to Severely Limit Pre-School Expulsions

Posted by Admin On April - 10 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

CHICAGO, IL – Illinois State Rep. Juliana Stratton, D-Chicago, passed legislation through the House to severely limit pre-school expulsions by childcare providers Thursday, pushing to end an extremely harmful practice that disproportionately hurts children of color.


“Preschool should be a time when we invest more resources than ever into a child’s growth and development,” Stratton said. “It should not be a time when providers expel young children due to perceived behavioral issues.”


Stratton introduced House Bill 2663, which limits early-childhood providers from expelling vulnerable students with perceived behavioral issues. Instead, providers would be encouraged to use community services available to them to work with the children and families to address behavioral issues that students might display. Research shows that Illinois preschoolers are expelled at a rate three times higher than their peers in elementary school and high school, with young boys of color having the highest rates of suspensions and expulsions. Moreover, an expulsion in the earliest years leads to higher expulsion and suspension rates in later grades.


“Our children have so much talent, but the preschool-to-prison pipeline makes it harder for our children to realize all of that talent,” Stratton continued. “Ending the practice of expelling preschoolers when other interventions are more appropriate will ensure all Illinois children have equal access to a quality childhood education.”


House Bill 2663 passed the House and currently awaits action in the Senate.


ASPIRA Charter School Educators Sign Contract With Management

Posted by Admin On April - 6 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

New contract averts what would have been first strike of a charter school network in U.S history.


CHICAGO, IL – Educators at ASPIRA’s charter schools voted overwhelmingly late last week to approve a tentative agreement with management — and at 5PM on Monday, the union’s leadership signed the final contract with ASPIRA management, formally ending the possibility of what would have been the first strike in U.S. history of a charter school network. ASPIRA runs four publicly funded Chicago charter schools serving roughly 1,800 mostly Latino students. ASPIRA educators – all members of ACE, “A Council of Educators” within ChiACTS Local 4343, which represents educators at 32 charter schools in Chicago – negotiated with management for a new contract for ten months. In February, 99% of members who voted authorized a strike, but management settled with educators on March 9, a week before the strike date, agreeing to many of the teachers’ demands.


ACE educators voted almost 7 to 1 in support of the new contract. Several members on maternity leave did not vote, and the 103-member bargaining unit currently has roughly a dozen vacancies, bringing the vote total to 67 in favor, ten voting no and ten not voting.


“This new agreement will help stabilize staffing, open the door to long-term improvements in our schools, and guarantee working conditions that allow us to continue to provide our students with a truly exceptional educational experience,” said Marines Martinez, the acting president of ACE. “There is nothing we want more than to concentrate on our work in the classroom, helping our students grow intellectually and emotionally into the outstanding adults they all have the capacity to be. This agreement allows us to move beyond the challenges of the negotiating process and focus our energies exclusively on the needs of our students.”


ASPIRA educators argued that any agreement needed to cement working conditions that would support the sustainability of ASPIRA’s four schools and the students who rely on ACE members for a quality education. The bargaining team fought hard for terms that would address those concerns — and have welcomed the opportunity to move forward from what was often a difficult negotiating process.


“We work as a real team in our schools,” said ACE member Tito Rodriguez. “Our principals, teachers, mentors, counselors, advisors and support staff all share a profound commitment to our students, their parents and the larger community — and this agreement allows us to build on our shared solidarity and continue to provide the quality education our students both need and deserve.”


The agreement encompasses the last ten months that ACE educators bargained with management after their previous contract expired, and educators will be back at the bargaining table with management working on their next contract beginning this May.


“After parents, teachers know best what students need, and our sisters and brothers at ACE have used that knowledge and the collective bargaining process to make crucial improvements in their schools,” said Chris Baehrend, president of Chicago ACTS Local 4343, the parent union of the ACE council. “ACE has also held Aspira accountable for their use of our tax dollars, more of which will now be dedicated to resources in the classroom. This is an important victory for all ChiACTS members, as it demonstrates that when educators with a union voice take a principled stand for their students, they can make their schools more effective educational communities, better able to help students attain bright futures.”

Jay-Z and His Mom’s Shawn Carter Foundation Scholarship Program Now Open for Students

Posted by Admin On April - 3 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

April 30, 2017 is the deadline to apply 
Rapper Jay-Z and His Mom

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) – The Shawn Carter Foundation Scholarship provides financial support to high school students as well as undergraduate students entering college for the first time. The purpose of the scholarship is to help under-served students who may not be eligible for other scholarships.

Students who have either graduated from high school or earned their G.E.D. may apply. Minimum grade point average is 2.0. Students must have a strong desire to go to college and earn their degree. Students must also have a desire to give back to their communities.

The scholarship fund was established by Gloria Carter and and her son Shawn Carter (better known as rapper/ business mogul Jay-Z) to offer a unique opportunity to students who have been incarcerated or faced particular life challenges but still want to pursue higher education. The program gives them a chance that most other programs do not offer. The Carter Foundation is a firm believer in helping young people not only reach their career goals but also establish a secure future.

Students up to age 25 may apply. The scholarship can be used for tuition, room and board, books, fees and other college-related expenses. All high school seniors, undergraduate students at two-year or four-year institutions and vocational or trade school students are eligible.

All applications must be submitted by April 30, 2017. Incomplete and late applications will not be accepted.

For more details and/or to apply for the Shawn Carter Foundation scholarship, visit:

To apply for hundreds of other 2017-2018 scholarships, visit:


Rauner Administration Unable to Back Up Governor’s Claims with Concrete Plan for Funding Higher Education

Posted by Admin On March - 31 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

SPRINGFIELD, IL – Members of the House Appropriations-Higher Education Committee questioned Gov. Bruce Rauner’s education secretary Thursday about comments made by the governor contradicting his record of slashing funding for colleges and universities. Education Secretary Elizabeth Purvis was unable to outline a concrete strategy for funding higher education, despite the governor’s claims.   

“For the past two years, Governor Rauner has slashed funding for our universities at unimaginable levels, only to follow up by saying he wants to expand higher education. Today we gave his administration a chance to prove that these promises weren’t all talk, but were met with nothing but excuses and obfuscation,” said state Rep. Kelly Burke, chairwoman of the committee. “We don’t need more off-the-cuff comments and unrealistic political promises. We need a real plan to invest in education and stem the outmigration of young people who leave Illinois for colleges in other states and never return. Unfortunately, the Rauner administration showed that it has no plan.”

Earlier this month, Rauner stated he planned to “put more resources into our state university system” and help “expand their footprint” around the state. Despite these claims, Rauner has slashed funding for colleges and universities by $2.3 billion throughout his time in office, nearly a 60 percent reduction in funding. Purvis offered committee members no new solutions to back up the governor’s promises.

“The Governor’s office has no plan for the future higher education in Illinois,” said state Rep. Christian Mitchell, a member of the Appropriations – Higher Education Committee. “The Governor’s office likes to give lip service to caring about college affordability, but the savage cuts that Mr. Rauner has made show his true colors: college is good enough for his kids, but not for yours.”

The City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection (BACP) Offers FREE Business Workshops

Posted by Admin On March - 29 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

The City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection (BACP) offers FREE business workshops every Wednesday and Friday at City Hall, 8th Floor. To register for a workshop call 312-744-2086. You also can register by emailing BACPoutreach@cityofchicago.org.

April 2017 Workshop Calendar
4/5     City Inspections – Ask Questions, Get Answers
3:00 to 4:30 p.m.
Presented by the City of Chicago
To operate a successful business in Chicago you need to know what it takes to maintain compliance. Officials from several City departments will provide insight to operate safely, stay compliant, help prepare for inspections and highlight the do’s and don’ts of operating a business.4/7     Chicago’s New Disability Access Regulations
9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
Presented by the Chicago Commission on Human Relations
The Chicago Human Rights Ordinance requires that Chicago businesses ensure that their facilities, products and services are available to individuals with disabilities. On July 1, 2017, new disability rights regulations passed by the Chicago Commission on Human Relations goes into effect. These regulations specify what Chicago businesses must do in order to make their goods and services accessible to people with disabilities. Matthew Lango, Deputy Commissioner of the CCHR, will give an overview of these new regulations.4/12     Cómo Empezar un Negocio (How to Start a Business)
3:00 to 4:30 p.m.
Presentado por Quiroga College
Esta presentación cubrirá los pasos para abrir un negocio en Illinois. También cubrirá sabiduría empresarial, educación financiera, mercadeo y dinámica de equipos. En este taller proporcionaremos orientación en áreas claves del negocio, incluyendo relaciones con los clientes, organización y operaciones.4/14     Ten Practical Legal Tips for Small Business Success
9:30 – 11:00 a.m.
Presented by Lema Khorshid, Fuksa Khorshid, LLC
Running a small business takes a lot of work. Often, a handful of employees fill a variety of roles, meaning that everyone has to bring serious hard work, dedication, self-motivation, and multitasking skills to the table. Amid all this, it can be easy to forget about the legal aspects of running a business. However, attending to these matters sooner rather than later is likely to save you time, stress, and expense in the long run. Join us in this workshop to learn our top 10 legal tips for small business success.4/19     Lowering Credit Card Processing Costs for Your Business
3:00 to 4:30 p.m.
Presented by Jonathan Simon, Horizon Payments LLC
Would you like to learn how to lower an important but often overlooked cost in your business? Unfortunately, the majority of business owners do not understand what they are paying for or why when they get their credit card processing statement. This workshop is designed to introduce you to the basics of credit card processing: industry and pricing structures, interchange, line item charges, contracts, regulations, and how you can make simple changes to save your business money. Current business owners are encouraged to bring a processing statement so they can do their own analysis while new entrepreneurs will learn what to look for in a processor and equipment. Never be caught off guard by a sales call again!
4/21     Small Business Resources to Help Your Business Succeed
9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
Presented by Donald Pellico, Business Opportunity Specialist with the Small Business Administration (SBA)
Come learn about programs, services, and partners to help you start and grow your business. Working with SBA resource partners in Illinois, can help you start, grow and achieve business success.* 4/26     Business Licensing 101
3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Presented by The City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection (BACP)
Attendees will learn the 3 steps to obtain a business license, and free business resources to start or expand their business.* 4/28     Accounting in Quickbooks
9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
Presented by Trak Patel, CPA, PCIP from ARCC Consulting Corp
Learn how to keep your financial recordkeeping books using QuickBooks. We will identify the differences of QuickBooks Online vs. QuickBooks Desktop and list the important features and benefits.*Money Smart Week is April 22- 29, and the Wednesday, April 26th and Friday, April 28th workshops are a part of this public awareness campaign. Additional events can be found at www.moneysmartweek.org
Click here to view full monthly calendar. All workshops are free and are located at the City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection – City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle St., Chicago, Room 805.
Incentive to Complete the Small Business Start-Up Certificate Program

The City of Chicago’s Small Business Center (SBC) has partnered with The PrivateBank to make entrepreneurs who complete the city’s Business Start-Up Certificate Program eligible to apply for low-interest and no-fee loans through the bank’s Entrepreneurial Loan Program.

Program participants who complete the curriculum will now qualify to apply for The PrivateBank Entrepreneurial Loan. This low-interest, no-fee loan can range from $1,000 to a maximum of $10,000 for new businesses and $25,000 for businesses with one-year of filed tax returns. All financing decisions are made by the bank.

For more information go business workshops email BACPoutreach@CityofChicago.org or call 312.744.2086.
The PrivateBank Entrepreneur Loan Program With Application Requirements
The PrivateBank Entrepreneur Loan Program With Application Requirements
5/4 Small Business Center on the Road Expo
The Small Business Center on the Road Expo will be hosting an expo in the evening for the first time.  The expo will be at 1871 at theMart (Merchandise Mart) on Thursday, May 4th from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.  The expo is free and open to the public.
Expo details:
  • 1871 is located in theMart (Merchandise Mart) – 222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza, 12th Floor
  • Great Keynote Speaker
  • FREE assistance from business consultants to begin the licensing process
  • Resources on Procurement, Financial, Insurance, Consumer information
  • Financial Advisers on hand to answer questions
  • Perfect your Elevator Pitch
  • Mini makeovers and Hair by Blown by Bocaj
  • FREE Headshot by a professional photographer to be used for your marketing/promotional materials
  • FREE Tax Clinic: One-on-One counseling sessions provided by Center for Economic Progress (CEP)
  • FREE Law Clinic: Legal advice and support provided by The Law Project
  • FREE Networking Hour: Connect and exchange ideas with likeminded entrepreneurs provided by Chicago’s Office of the City Treasurer from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
  • Over 40 Exhibitors
  • 2 Free Workshops (12:00 – 1:00 p.m.) 
  • And much more!

Go to Small Business Center on the Road Expo for more information or to register.

Scammers are not “Friends” to Small Business Owners

Posted by Admin On March - 23 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Scammers try to contact you in many ways. They call, email, put ads online, send messages on social media and more. If you own a small business, they’re trying to contact you too.  Lately we’ve been hearing about scams through Facebook messages directed to small business owners.

People have reported receiving messages on Facebook telling them that they’re eligible for ― or that they’ve won ― a business grant. If you get a message like this, do not respond. This is a scam. The government won’t contact you on social media to offer you money.

Some people responded to the messages because they thought they were from a “friend.” Know this: scammers can spoof social media messages to make them look like they’re coming from a friend. Some fake messages directed people to send a text to “confirm” their “business grant.” Don’t do it. The scammer is only trying to get your cell phone number to keep trying to get your money.

Before you respond to a message on social media about a small business grant, stop and consider:

  • The government won’t contact you through social media to offer you money.
  • Real government grants don’t require that you pay first. Stay away from any deal that makes you pay to get your “business grant.”
  • If someone tells you they need your passwords to give you a “business grant,” they’re just trying to hack into your accounts to steal your money or impersonate you and scam others.
  • If the only way to communicate with the person offering you a “business grant” is through social media or text, that is a red flag for a scam.

Find out more about government grant scams and imposter scams and report them to the FTC if you see one.

After Rauner Comments, Appropriations Committee Asks Administration to Outline Higher Education Plan

Posted by Admin On March - 23 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

SPRINGFIELD, IL – The House Appropriations-Higher Education Committee will ask Gov. Bruce Rauner’s top education advisor to explain comments made recently by the governor contradicting his record of slashing higher education funding at a hearing on Thursday, March 23, at 8 a.m. in committee room D-1 in the Stratton Building.

On March 8, Rauner stated he planned to put more state resources into the state university system and help “expand their footprint” around the state. Committee members have invited Dr. Beth Purvis, Rauner’s secretary of education, to detail Rauner’s plan, and how these comments are consistent with the significant reductions to higher education funding contained in the governor’s budgets.


House Appropriations-Higher Education Committee


Beth Purvis, Illinois Secretary of Education



Hearing on Rauner plan for higher education



Thursday, March 23


8 a.m.



Stratton Building – committee room D-1


401 S Spring St.


Springfield, Ill.

Ad Company Helping Black Newspapers Survive and Thrive

Posted by Admin On March - 21 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS
Admodx on a mission to help black newspapers survive and thrive

 New advertising media company gives Black Newspapers their own vehicle to make money online with ads that look better… do more… and cost less for community businesses. 

Roderick Harris, founder of AdmodX

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) – Launched in February, AdModX (www.admodx.com) can be an x-factor for Black Newspapers. It lets them sell and show ads unlike any they’ve sold before splashy little info-clips available on Black News sites and shared across social media. Black Newspapers co-opt AdModX to generate more revenue online.

“AdModX was built with three objectives,” explained President and CEO Roderick Harris, “create cutting-edge solutions exclusively for Black Newspapers, develop a model that actually makes the papers money, and keep out-of-pocket costs for the papers at $0.” Put simply, “Black Newspapers can offer their own unique brand of advertising without the worry of incurring any costs.”

AdModX benefits both Black Newspapers and the businesses in their community. Black Newspapers get a versatile advertising gateway where the community comes to see, share, and buy ads previously unavailable. Meanwhile, community businesses enjoy advertising that’s just better. Ads look better, incorporating attention-grabbing action and movement; they perform better, maximizing reach and exposure via social media sharing; and they sell better, costing less than conventional ads but with way more functional value. The ads are all about driving online traffic… to community business sites through built-in links, and to hosting Black News sites through their clickable logo on every ad they sell.

Unlike most other online ads, AdModX ads are not sold on CPM (cost per thousand) or CPC (cost per click) based rates. Instead, community businesses buy ads for a flat fee through the setup AdModX provides Black Newspapers. The actual ad buy is transacted through AdModX’s e-commerce provider. A flat fee works better for all involved; community businesses know exactly how much they’ll pay for ads, and papers can better project potential gains.

Black Newspapers get set up, free of charge, with their own Ad Display Page and Ad Buy Page. Papers connect both pages to their site with a simple link. Once connected, papers pay a monthly fee, but only during months they sell ads. That way, there’s no out-of-pocket cost since a portion of just one ad sell covers the month’s entire fee. Buying ads takes only a few minutes without any special knowledge or skills whatsoever. Besides, AdModX walks community businesses through the whole transaction.

Ads run for 30 days, starting the 1st of each month, providing exposure for three specific ad-buyer profiles; 1) people promoting themselves and their business, 2) those promoting a house thats for sale, and 3) anyone promoting an upcoming event. All of them exploit the inherent ease ads can be shared across social media for maximum exposure; far beyond the Black News sites they start off on.

Harris added: “In our community, Black Newspapers have a pivotal voice in bringing truth to power… and we must embrace a shared responsibility in making sure “that voice” continues being heard.”

AdModX envisions becoming a part of every major Black Newspaper by the end of this year. Once papers understand that cost-free is real, and community businesses see that ads can do so much more for less; demand for AdModX will grow and Black News will have its x-factor.
About AdModX
Based in Columbus, OH, AdModX is a forward-looking advertising media company for Black Newspapers; started by Roderick Harris, a 20+ year newspaper professional and internet entrepreneur. The company offers a new brand of advertising that changes the game for Black Newspapers. For more details, visit www.admodx.com


Photo Caption: Roderick Harris, President and CEO of AdModX



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