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Evaluation System Linked to Mass Teacher Firings Deemed ‘Flawed’
By Dorothy Rowley AFRO Staff Writer A leading official with the Washington Teachers Union said its president, George Parker, knew when he signed the new teachers contract that more teachers were in line for termination, and gave Chancellor Michelle Rhee free rein to hand out more pink slips. –Senior Guide– “These firings are the result of the new contract,” WTU Vice President Nathan Saunders told the AFRO.”[The firings] show the immense power Chancellor Rhee secured by signing the contract with the union; these will not be the only firings.” According to Saunders, such terminations will become commonplace in the public schools – the direct result, he said, of a contract poorly written and rushed through at the last minute by Parker following three years of negotiations. “There’s nothing he can do about what’s transpiring and any grievance after a teacher has been fired is irrelevant,” said Saunders. Over the weekend, 241 teachers were fired in accordance with the new IMPACT evaluation system Rhee used to determine who stayed or got the boot. Currently, more than 700 teachers that barely missed termination will have one year to prove their mettle as effective educators. However, union officials Continued on A4
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Shirley Sherrod answers questions during an interview at her home on July 23 in Albany, Ga. Sherrod was fired from her job at the Agriculture Department amid accusations of racism.

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Obama, NAACP Caught by Race Bait
By Zenitha Prince Washington Bureau Chief The trap – a grainy, 2½-minute clip – was rudimentary by today’s technology standards. It even bore a sign, “Trap Herei” – posted as it was on the blog site of a man who has publicly declared his intent to destroy the institutional left. And yet, the Obama administration, blindly joined by the NAACP, fell neatly into the right wing snare that was Shirley Sherrod. But then, they couldn’t see clearly, retreating, as they were, from the unrelenting onslaught of the Glenn Becks, Bill O’Reillys and Rush Limbaughs that have dominated the airwaves, fomenting fear and hysteria. “Everybody’s on the defensive with the right wing media,” said Dianne Pinderhughes, professor of Africana studies and political science at Notre Dame University. “The NAACP had just come out of a dust up with Fox News and the tea party; they didn’t want to be vulnerable. [And] the administration didn’t want the Shirley Sherrod story to step on their lead, which was financial reform. Sherrod would be a ‘race’ story and they didn’t want a race story.” That’s because race, for the administration of the nation’s first Black president, has been the ultimate boogie man. In trying to elude right wing accusations of showing favoritism toward Blacks, the administration pirouettes around the issues – ignoring the need for targeted programs to transform Black communities that are, undeniably, disproportionately poor and disenfranchised, and firing Sherrod before properly investigating the origin and authenticity of the video clip in which the Georgia-based agriculture official was depicted as racist. Attorney General Eric Holder’s assertion that America is a “nation of cowards” when it comes to race may or may not be true. But the Obama administration has proven that it is, many observers are saying. “They run from racial issues like illegal immigrants run from the INS,” said political analyst Jason Johnson, Ph.D., who teaches political science at Hiram College in Ohio. “Obama is an excruciatingly careful and cautious politician ... but when it comes to issues of race – whether it be Skip Gates or this – when there’s a racial issue they will backtrack like nobody’s business.” And so it was that the same element – which tried to dissuade Obama from speaking on race during the Rev. Jeremiah Wright imbroglio – drew and quartered Sherrod, firing her in a phone call while she drove. “They called me twice,” Sherrod told The Associated Press. “The last time, they asked me to pull over to the side of the road and submit my resignation on my BlackBerry, and that’s what I did.” According to African-American leaders such as Continued on A4

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A protest led by a contingent of DCPS teachers was held in 2009 outside Chancellor Michelle Rhee’s office. At that time, many many denounced Rhee’s plans for terminating city educators.

Metro Crash Explained, Finally
By Dorothy Rowley AFRO Staff Writer A faulty track circuit system was likely the cause of the June 22, 2009 rush hour Metro crash that claimed nine lives, injured several others and caused $25 million in damages, concluded federal officials Tuesday. More than a year following the horrific crash on the Red Line, the National Transportation Safety Board reported the results of its investigation to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transportation Authority board. During the lengthy meeting on July 27, the five-member board also engaged in a question-andanswer session with NSTB investigators that provided a clearer scenario of what led to the accident involving trains 112 and 214. A video simulation of the crash, part of the investigators’ report, showed that Jeanice McMillan, who drove train 112, only had enough time to slow down by a few miles an hour before the point of impact. Meanwhile, the driver of 214, which had slowed to a stop, had no clue that the track circuit system had malfunctioned. Board member Robert Sumwalt described the crash as a “technical accident” that most likely could have been avoided. “It was a classic example of an organizational accident with failures up and down the line – up to and

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Washington, D.C. fire personal can be seen removing the dead from the scene of the June 22, 2009 Metro crash. Federal investigators this week reported that the crash was caused by faulty track circuits. including the WMATA board of directors,” he said. According to the NTSB report, at the time of the crash, WMATA was performing two projects to upgrade the train control system on the Red Line: one for the installation of high current impedance bonds to handle the increased power needed for eight trains; and another to replace track circuits at the control room. Track work in the area of the accident had been completed by the day of the crash, but more upgrades to circuit components at the Fort Totten control room were to be made in the following days. The operator of train 214, which was struck, said his trip was uneventful until he departed Takoma station. Rail traffic was congested and train 214, operating in manual mode, followed behind train 110, while proceeding at a slow rate of speed. The operator said that as his train traveled between the Takoma and Fort Totten stations, it lost Continued on A6

JPI Report: In District, Poor + Black = Incarceration
By David Rushing Special to the Afro In Washington, D.C., if you’re indigent and Black you are more likely to end up in the judicial system, according to a report released July 27 by the Justice Policy Institute. “Capital Concern: The disproportionate impact of the justice system on low-income communities in D.C.,” is a fraction of a nationally-focused report on the intersection of race, poverty and criminal justice to be released later this fall. The District report also showed what seemed to be a mismatched allocation of funds relative to the areas of

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need. Of all the surprising findings in the document, said Sarah Lyons, the author responsible for most of the report, that’s the one that stood out. “Seeing a graph showing that funding for social programs and services has been cut, while it has risen for law enforcement was shocking,” Lyons told the AFRO. The findings show that change in funding even as the city’s crime rate declined. From 2001 to 2009, the crime rate in the district dropped 22 percent, yet funding for the Office of the Attorney General and the Metropolitan Continued on A4

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A4 The Afro-American,sport-utility vehicle sought in 6, 2010 July 31, 2010 - August from a neighbor about a suspiBy Alan King
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Jennifer Hudson and other relatives positively identified By Jamaal Abdul-Alim Special to the AFRO connection with the murder of Hudson’s mother and brother. The white, 1994 Chevrolet Suburban with Illinois license

Jennifer Hudson and Relatives Identify Body of Her Slain Nephew
posted fliers bearing his photocious vehicle. The man noticed graph around the city. On the vehicle while walking his Sunday, Jennifer Hudson asked dog. According to the Chicago for the public’s help in finding Tribune, the boy had been shot her nephew. In her MySpace The times in the Charter School Board subsequently multiple D.C. Public back seat blog, she thanked fans and supof the vehicle. The SUV, regisporters for their prayers and concluded that KIMA had violated the residency rules and tered come up short in keeping accurate student records and offered a $100,000 reward to also to Hudson’s murdered brother, was federally-required learning plans for its special anyone who returned the boy developing towed with the boy’s body students – areas KIMA officials say they are alive. education inside and is being processed byThe boardtechnievidence also found that KIMA failed to fully Since the investigation, addressing. cians and workers. The body Hudson – who gained stardom implement its educational program and incorporate its Kamitic was later removed and taken to what is commonly referred to as after appearing on “American philosophy – which hails from Courtesy the CookEgypt – into its everyday academics. County Medical Idol,” and then won an Photo ancient Kamit Institute for Magnificent Achievers’ graduating in Examiner’s H.R. EnKamit, executive director and founder of office. Academy Award for her role Ur Aua Hudson and other family the movie Dreamgirls – has class of 2010. KIMA, said the school never formally agreed to incorporate members arrived at the Medical stayed out of the public eye. dropped out before senior year. Kamitic philosophy into its curriculum but had begun to do Examiner’s office mid-afterThe Chicago Tribune reportso anyway. Among other things, he said, Kamitic philosophy Julian King, Jennnifer Hudson’s While school board officials questioned the school’s moved nephew. noon to identify the body. ed that a parade of cars effectiveness in light of standardized test scores that put it emphasizes principles of lookGiven the choice between unity and peace, concepts he said slowly past her family’s home in murders but is being held in Monday morning, past the students areat the bodyembody in order spokesman better learners. the the bottom quartile of public charter schools, supporters taught to or A to become for the office ing directly noted parole violation after Leroy on a wall-mounted told the newspaper that Hudson jail for that many of KIMA’s students come to the school with viewing it Tompkins, KIMA’s newly-hired chief academic news vans, reporters and curiacademic deficiencies. officer and former director of testing for the D.C. Office of ous onlookers. “That’s an institutional problem,” said Saheter Cook, 25, the State Superintendent of Education, presented data that Neighbors stood a 2003 KIMA graduate and recent graduate in Pan-African show while nationally only 57 percent of high school students quietly and studies and communications at the University of Louisville. graduate from college within six years, and 42 percent of reflected on the “remained strong for her being convicted of attempted “That’s not a Kamit problem.” violence. African Americans do chose video screen, the family so, the six-year college completionfamily” and was clearly its leader. murder and vehicular hijack- McKee, front of the Hudson’s Only one speaker – Arthur rate for According to the the latter.KIMA graduates is 60 percent – a statistic that drew In director of the “She held hands with her fami- ing. Cook County records show at CityBridge Foundation, a CityBridge Education initiative home, men in heavy jackets Tribune, Hudson said, “Yes, applause. ly,” the spokesman said. that he pleaded guilty to both it and hooded sweatshirts came to that’s him.” after Tompkins presented data that show 94“It D.C.-based nonprofit that says fights human suffering and However, was obviouslyschool, emotional charges in 1999. Hethe board to “hold the twin its decision tobara very versus kiss fast” to white crosses inequality – urged was also percent of KIMA students graduate from high moment.” convicted in 1998 for possesing the names of Donerson and revoke KIMA’s charter. 83 percent for other public charter schools and 72 percent for The boy – the son of Julia sion of a stolen motor vehicle. Jason. “Charter schools were born out of a hope that they would district public schools, board Vice Chair John “Skip” McKoy Hudson, Jennifer’s sister – had He was released from prison in “Everybody is sick of going deliver superior education, not merely adequate,” said McKee, questioned whether the figure represented 94 percent of been missing since Friday, 2006 after serving seven years through stuff like this,” Artisha whose comments drew and KIMA’s seniors or its incoming freshmen. when a relative found Julian’s for the attempted murderboos. West,expected to hold another a former resident of the The public charter When Tompkins said he didn’t know, McKoy said it was grandmother, Darnell car hijacking charges. school board is told the Tribune. “We all area decision on whether or hearing within 30 days to announce its important to find out because Donerson, 57, and his uncle, No wonder Obama’s campaign is calculating the graduation rate The boy remained missing have to charter. stick together. All these not to grant KIMA’s appeal from seniors only does the trying to distance him fromnot take into account students who death through a long weekend in to regain itschildren are dying, and Jason Hudson, 29, shot to young group, saying, “Barack Obama in his grandmother’s home in which police and volunteers for what?” Never Organized with ACORN.” the 7000 block of South Yale But Obama’s ties to ACORN run Avenue. long and deep. HeA1 Continued from taught classes An Amber Alert – a desigfor ACORN. They even endorsed nation for high-risk missing and members have requested was if they weren’t beyond that, I didn’t know.” teaching and learning for the him for President. been children – that issued Friday highly ACORN is in program, after Julian was discovered this going to pilot the program Parker said while he benefit of students.” But nowcritical of the trouble. which scores teachersat least first year, then they should has no problem holding According to Rhee, every Reporter: There are on a missing after the murders. at scale of 1 to 4, across the least not terminate or take any teachers accountable for their child enrolled in a DCPS 11 investigations with the latter Police arrested William country involving thousands of being the highest rating. adverse the missing boy’s step- performance, in Tennessee facility has the right to a Balfour, actions against the potentiallyWTU-conducted During a fraudulent ACORN teachers,” Parker said, adding for instance, where a similar highly effective teacher. father and estranged husband forms. in which 1,000 of survey that IMPACT essentially process called Value-Added “That is our commitment,” of Julia, at his girlfriend’s was theAnnouncer: Massive voter union’s 4,000 teachers being built at the same time she said in a statement to the Southside apartment several it has been used since 1990, fraud. And the most indicated participated, Obama campaign hours after implemented. was being the murders. evaluations focus on just AFRO. “With the release of paid IMPACT was an unfair Balfour’s pretty much [Rhee’s that more than $800,000 to an “And mother, Michele, has 10 percent of a teacher’s the first year of results from ACORNthat offered out thelittle told reporters thatwould not system front for get them vote office] said they her son had performance. IMPACT, we take another efforts. nothing promise that they support. make a to do with the slayings. “It is evident from [our] step toward making that Pressuring banks to issue risky Balfour remains suspect Meanwhile, Parker to wouldn’t terminateaanyone in Jason that our members survey Hudson commitment a reality.” loans. Nationwide voter fraud. some extent refuted Saunders’ this year based on IMPACT,” agree IMPACT is a flawed Rhee’s office confirmed Barack Obama. Bad judgment. assertion, explaining that said Parker, who is poised to instrument with many that a total of 302 employees, Blind ambition. Too risky for while he loopholes,” said Parker. “An including the 241, are subject America. had prior knowledge challenge the 81 terminations that some teachers might that have taken place so effective system of teacher to termination effective July be Since McCain’s comments, fired, he was surprised far. “By the fact that they evaluation should provide 30 and Aug. 13. She added HIGH to find out about the mass wouldn’t make a promise, we SQUARE educators with feedback and that 226 would be based ACORN’s 87 offices have been termination on threats and knew at some point that they support that engenders and on performance and 76 on bombarded with July 23 like everyone might do that, but anything encourages excellence in licensure. racist mail.else. “We [had] The day after the presidential debate, vandals broke into the organization’s Boston and Seattle Continued from A1 offices and stole computers. NOT ON THE LIST BREAD After a Cleveland representative Congressman James Clyburn, D-S.C., and political analysts, arbiter of social and racial harmony and defender of civil rights. appeared on TV, an e-mail was suchto the local office saying she sent insensitive acts and the White House’s skittishness around Yet, instead of reviewing the video – which belonged to their race is due have her life ended.” West Wing White guys who have organization – or even ensuring Shirley Sherrod was given a “is going to to the ignorance of noworker of Providence, R.I., the Black community. fair hearing, the NAACP, too, allowed itself to be “snookered” A sense in Black history or “I don’t think a single Black person was consulted before by Fox News and Andrew Breitbart, the tea party supporter who received a threatening call sayLEFT RIGHT Shirley Sherrod was fired – I mean c’mon,” Clyburn was released the misleading clip, into castigating Shirley Sherrod. ing, “We know you get off work at 9” and uttered racial epithets. quoted as saying by the New York Times. That reaction also was triggered by fear of the right wing’s A caller to one office left a Even if Google was consulted, administration officials accusations of reverse racism, Johnson and others said. message on found enough would havethe answering information to question the In offering his mea culpas, NAACP President Benjamin machine, saying: “Hi, I was just charges against Sherrod: her husband Charles Sherrod was a Jealous later said, “Next time we are confronted by a racial calling to Rider know key Freedom let you and a that member of the Student Nonviolent controversy broken by Fox News or their allies in the Tea Party Barack Obama needs to get Coordinating Committee of the 1960s. Her reputation within like Mr. Breitbart, we will consider the source and be more hung. He’s (expletive government was stellar. And, if they the privateasector and deleted) deliberate in responding.” nigger, and he’s a piece of had looked at the entire video, they would have seen a story of But an apology would not have been necessary if the civil (expletive deleted). You guys are racial healing – Sherrod’s father was murdered by the Klu Klux rights organization has not been caught up in a “sound bite fraudulent, and you need to go to KlanAlland niggers on oak“We have to get to the point where clash” with conservatives and had been more focused on its hell. – the a message – trees. race exists butget doesn’t matter” – that could have proven an it all hung honmission, many observers said. They’re gonna 1 BANANA invaluable tool. to get assassi“We lose when we fight the fight plan of the opponent. eys, they’re going “This could have been a wonderful bat to take out the ankles They want to trivialize us and have us chasing in a ‘got you’ nated, they’re gonna get killed.” of the tea party, Fox News and the hard right Republican Party,” mentality,” said civil rights leader, the Rev. Al Sharpton on Another message said, “You said Johnson, much as Obama did when he explained the “The Tom Joyner Morning Show” July 21, adding that the right liberal idiots. Dumb (expletive nuances Welfare bums. You Rev. Wright scandal. wing would only “distort” the truth “and set us up.” deleted). of race during the Instead, this incident will “The lesson here is we cannot let them tell us how to fight guys just (expletive deleted) likely alienate Obama even come from country, which more to our his base,consumehas already begun to question our fight ... or we will be sucked into an atmosphere where every natural resource there is, his backbone in dealing with certain issues. “The president’s we will end up with more casualties than victories,” Sharpton and make a real bad,” That’s getting hurtlot of babies.Clyburn told the Times’ Maureen Dowd. continued. all you guys do. And then suck “He needs some Black people around him. “Our victory is to make sure the government protects us up the welfare and expectthere are not sensitive at all about race. “Some people over everyaround jobs, around health care, around education and not one else to pay for your hospital They really feel that the extent to which he allows himself going tit for tat with those on the Right Wing that only win and bills for your race jus’ say let to talk aboutkids. Iwould tend to pigeonhole him or cost him are inflated in such fights…. Before age five, every room is a classroom. your kids die. That’s of best support, when a lot the people saw his election as a way to “We have real problems on the ground…. We cannot afford to move. Just let your children die. Fun get the issue behind us. I don’t think people elected him to learning diverted with some side discussions; we have like be opportunities are everywhere. Simple things to keep our eyes Forget about paying for hospital counting and on the prize. We are going to need tolearning ability, identifying shapes activate a child’s be sober and focused if we’re disengage on race. Just the opposite.” bills for them. I’m not gonna do and Similarly, people depend on the NAACP to be a stalwart help them enter school peopleprepared. That’s in this generation.” going to keep our more moving forward why PNC it. You guys are lowlifes. And I

Afrocentric School Fights to Keep Charter

Washington, D.C. — Leaders of an embattled Afrocentric charter school fought back a school board effort to shut the school down and pleaded for a chance to build on the 10-yearold school’s legacy of success and to correct its errors. “We are asking that you please do not revoke our charter,” Cheryl Journiette, board chair of the Kamit Institute for Magnificent Achievers (KIMA), told the District of Columbia Public Charter School Board Monday during a hearing to appeal the board’s June 21 decision to revoke the school’s charter status. The hearing – held July 26 in the basement-level cafeteria of the Paul Public Charter School, on the 5800 block of Eighth St., N.W. – drew more than 200 parents, staff, current and former students, most of whom demonstrated their support Courtesy Photos for KIMA by wearing yellow T-shirts with the school name Jennifer Hudson and her with the words “I support Kamit mom, Darnell Donerson who on the front and emblazoned was killed, the back. Institute” on as well as her brother, Jason. Supporters said it would be a tragedy and a shame to shutter the school, which they said has a track X584859 was found on plate record of turning the body of her 7-year-old Chicago’s wayward students into college graduates. West Side after nephew Monday, just hours police received a 7 a.m. from after his body was part ofin generation where the pipeline call “While I am a found a a school to prison is a real phenomenon, KIMA has created a direct pipeline to college from its unwavering commitment to its students,” said KIMA alumni Jason Walker, a graduating senior at the University of Louisville who is majoring in PanAfrican studies. Walker pleaded with the public charter school board to “reconsider the proposal to destroy my second home.” and to revoke KIMA’s ByThe public school board’s decisionDallas Cowboys players Alan King charter cameWriter Tony Romo and Terrell AFRO Staff just three months after a Washington Post Owens, investigation found that KIMA and otherthe namescharter to among District submitted schools were skirting the city’s residency officials. get talented election rules to Presidential candidate John McCain’s players from Maryland onHurd said those workers, who basketballattack on ACORN – their teams in order to Associated Community boost enrollment and elevate theirwere doing those things without profiles. ACORN’s knowledge or permisOrganization for Reform Now – sion, were fired. confirms the success of the “The evidence that has surorganization, the head of the faced so far shows they faked group says. “This is testimony to the work forms to get paid for work they didn’t do, not to stuff ballot we’ve done and success we’ve boxes.” ACORN, she said, is the had,” Maude Hurd, president of victim of fraud, not the perpetraACORN, said in an interview tor of it. with the AFRO. Hurd said the only things “When this attack started, we bogus are the charges themhad just announced that we had selves. And factcheck. org registered 1.3 million new voters,” she said. “That’s just to say agrees. It concluded, “Neither that someone’s running scared ACORN nor its employees have because of ACORN’s success.” been found guilty of, or even McCain, who is running for president on the Republican tick- charged with, casting fraudulent votes.” et, lashed out at ACORN in the The problem came about prifinal debate against Barack Obama, contending the group “is marily because of the way on the verge of maybe perpetrat- ACORN operates. Rather than rely on volunteers, it pays peoing one of the greatest frauds in ple, many of them poor or unemvoter history in this country, ployed, to sign up new voters. maybe destroying the fabric of The idea was to help both those democracy.” Factcheck.org, a non-partisan being registered and those doing the registration. Web site, found those claims to Maud explained, “We have a be “exaggerated,” with “no evizero tolerance policy for deliberdence of any such democracyate falsification of registration.” destroying fraud.” Most news account neglect to Hurd believes the McCain charges were politically motivat- point out that ACORN is required by law to turn in all reged. istration forms. And they also fail She said, “Because it’s lowto note that it was the organizaand moderate-income people, and people of color, I believe the tion, in many instances, that first brought the phony registrations McCain campaign thinks those to the attention of authorities. voters are going to vote The McCain camp apparently Democratic, which is not necesisn’t interested in those fine sarily true.” points, preferring to air misleadACORN is no stranger to ing ads that seek to link Obama controversy. For 38 years, the non-partisan to ACORN, thereby undercutting organization has fought for social his political support. McCain: I’m John McCain and economic justice for lowand I approve this message. and moderate-income Announcer: Who is Barack Americans. With 400,000 member families organized into more Obama? A man with “a political baptism performed at warp than 1,200 neighborhood chapspeed.” Vast ambition. After colters in 110 cities nationwide, ACORN has over the years seen lege, he moved to Chicago. its share of criticism while advo- Became a community organizer. There, Obama met Madeleine cating for affordable housing, Talbot, part of the Chicago living wages, healthcare for the branch of ACORN. He was so underserved— and while organimpressive that he was asked to izing voter registration drives. train the ACORN staff. But none has been as withering What did ACORN in Chicago and baseless as this one. engage in? Bullying banks. With the presidential election Intimidation tactics. Disruption less than two weeks away, of business. ACORN forced ACORN’s detractors allege the organization has engaged in mas- banks to issue risky home loans. sive voter registration fraud after The same types of loans that caused the financial crisis we’re the reported discovery of bogus in today. names, such as Mickey Mouse

“She held hands with her family. It was obviously a very emotional moment.”

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Leader Calls Voter Registration Fraud Charges ‘Bogus’

Mass Teacher Firings

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