Education & Healthcare

Education and healthcare cover cornerstone institutions is our social life --- how we build knowledge and instruct future generations; and how do we care for the mental, physical and emotional stability of citizens.

We explore the conversations, policies and institutes (both traditional and non-traditional) in these areas.

State Education Board adopts temporary rules on teaching race, gender in Oklahoma public schools

Formal guidance on how to implement the teaching of race and gender in public school has been offered by the Oklahoma State Board of Education. 

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Biden forgives $40 billion in student loans. Is it enough?

President Joe Biden gradually cancels debt for thousands of students after student loan debt reached a record high of over $1 trillion in 2020 and loans in forbearance or deferral have more than doubled.

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Former NBA star Reggie Theus, steps into double duty for Bethune-Cookman College’s athletics division

Another professional athlete works to boost the sports at a historically black university. Shows slow trickle of Black sports talent back to HBCUs.

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First ever turf soccer field opens in Newark to provide access to a beloved sport, and get the youth to exercise after being indoors for over a year

The first of its kind in Newark, the city partners with local hospitals and sports academy to open a new soccer field just in time for the summer.

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Tennessee State University is the latest HBCU with claims of being underfunded for decades

Records show over billions of dollars not given to a number of public HBCUs in a system of neglect that went on for decades.

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HBCUs take center stage at NBA’s All Star Game

Continuing to advocate for Black institutions, NBA players bring more exposure, resources to HBCUs during All-Star Weekend.

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Sesame Street expands humanitarian initiative to include Rohingya Muslims | The Light Series

Noor and Aziz are six-year-old Rohingya Muslim twins who live in Cox’s Bazaar, Bangladesh – the world’s largest refugee camp. They fled to Bangladesh to escape ethnic cleansing in Myanmar. They’re also muppets. 

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Fight back or die: COVID survivor Jennifer Wager is an educator and disruptor flipping systems through her lens and activism | The Light Series

In between bouts of disorientation and fatigue, a college professor continues to protest a system she works to dismantle.

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Before the holidays, HBCUs hit hard by Covid-19, discover MacKenzie Scott gifts millions with no strings attached | The Light Series

Some HBCUs reported MacKenzie Scott’s generous donation far exceeded any monetary gift in schools with histories over 100 years.

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Professor for the people: Dr. Will Guzmán | The Light Series

If there is a dope cause, Dr. Will Guzmán shows up every single time. 

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