The headline of a two-page photo spread in the May 4, 2019 edition read, "The new members of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority." It was a simple headline we thought, but it brought to light that there are two Delta Chapters, two Alpha Kappa Chapters, 150 Black Churches, five Police Departments, two school districts, three Baptist Associations, ten National Baptist Conventions, and two Baptist State Conventions all exist because of splits many years ago. Most of the people who caused the splits are dead or either senior citizens. Is this generation stepping into the same divisions spawned by their elders? That's the subject of the podcast this week.
The 2019 Monroe City School Board has reduced its number of meetings from twice per month on average, to once each month. Only two of its seven committees have met this year. Its personnel committee has not been appointed for the last four years. Some committees do not meet the entire year. However, board members still collect their $800 monthly paychecks. The April 27, 2019 headline in the Monroe Free Press read, "City School Board cuts meetings, but pay untouched." This podcast is a commentary on the board's lack of transparency.
A headline in the April 20, 2019 edition of the Free Press was captioned, "Tucker: City school bus drivers lose money on field trips; long hours unsafe." Lonnie Tucker, head of the bus drivers association, shows how city drivers who carry students on field trips out of the city actually lose as much as $40 a day to help the schools while the system pockets the profits at their expense. This podcast with Lonnie Tucker explains how some school board members don't seem to care how they are being cheated and how the system takes advantage of the drivers.
The Town of Richwood voted to allow Richwood Correctional Center to house up to 1,100 illegal immigrants. The owners of RCC will make $52,000 or more a day from the Trump and Administration, and the Town of Richwood will receive $1,275 or more a day. The Free Press headline in the April 13, 2019 edition was, "Richwood to bank big dollars housing illegal immigrants." - That was the headline, but there was a lot of drama going on behind the scenes that was not reported in the article. In this podcast, Richwood Mayor Gerad Brown and Alderman Wysinger Cleveland share their thoughts for and against the immigrant issue. Read the story itself on at http://monroefreepress.com
Across the state, thousands of students will receive the Tops Tech Diplomas. Many are unaware that it is a watered down diploma that is not the same as others although it looks the same on paper. Recipients can't use their diplomas to enter four-year colleges anywhere in the United States.
High schools that push large numbers of students on this path are rewarded with high letter grades although student performance may not reflect the letter grade the receive. It's a state-backed boondoggle that creates the artificial picture that the state's LEAP 2025 program is graduating more students and improving learning.
For our people, it's dangerous because we are lulled to sleep, thinking our schools are doing well.
This Monroe Underground podcast gives more insight behind the April 13, 2019, Free Press headline, "Class of 2019 to include 133 Tops Tech graduates." See the story on monroefreepress.com
This podcast goes underground to examine this April 6, 2019, Monroe Free Press Headline: "Black Clergy's failure to deliver last week sent signal." Local political activist Tony Little and veteran community activist/pastor Rev. James Earl Jackson are guests who go underground in this episode to discuss in depth the implications of the editorial and headline that can be found at www.monroefreepress.com