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Uhuru Movement hosting forum about how public schools are failing black students



The Uhuru Movement is holding a public forum Saturday in St. Petersburg to talk about how Pinellas County's public schools have failed black students.

The forum, called "How Public Schools Have Failed the Black Community," is scheduled from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at West St. Petersburg Community Library. The address is 6700 8th Ave. N., St. Petersburg. Speakers include: Chimurenga Waller, of the African People's Socialist Party; Penny Hess, chairwoman of the African People's Solidarity Committee; and Liu Kwayera, a student at Gibbs High School who started #BlackGirlsWrapWeds.

They point to school data that show black students are disciplined and arrested disproportionately to their non-black classmates, high failure rates among black students in elementary schools on state standardized exams, and the long-standing achievement gap.

There will be a panel discussion and a question and answer session.

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[Last modified: Wednesday, November 9, 2016 3:14pm]


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