DC Schools Open For The Fall Semester, 900 Teachers Still w/o License, Funeral Arrangements Announced For Aretha Franklin

DC School open for the Fall Semester, 900 teachers still w/o license…

Thousand of eager little minds started the fall semester this morning in the District of Columbia. They return with a report from NBC 4 News that states there are still 900 teachers who still do not have their license to teach. Since the news report first went public a little over 100 teachers have received their certifications to teach children which is required by law. When asked about the number of teachers still without their license DC School Interim Superintendent Dr. Amanda Alexander said, “All of our teachers have passed background check, all of our teacher are regularly evaluated by their administrators, often formally and informally. Their teachers engage in rigorous professional developmental opportunities and in those ways we can in sure quality.”

Over the summer six schools received major updates. In Southeast, the capacity at newly named Lawrence E. Boone Elementary went from less than 400 students to 468 student thanks to a $52-million dollar construction grant. Murch Elementary received $83-million dollars in renovation work. Today the District’s first all girl public school in Ward 8 reopens, Excel Academy, after losing funding because of poor performance and a number of other issues. DC Mayor Muriel Bowser and DC School’s Interim Superintendent Dr. Amanda Alexander greeted student at Excel this morning.

Funeral arrangements announced for Aretha Franklin…

The details for funeral services for Aretha Franklin has been released. The public will be able to pay their respect on August 28th and 29th at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. The Queen of Soul will have a private service on August 31st at Greater Grace Temple in Detroit.

Franklin will be entombed with her other family other family members at the Woodlawn Cemetery in Detroit. The world-renowned singer and songwriter raked up 18 Grammy’s during her career. She also sang for President Bush, Clinton and Obama. She died last week of pancreatic cancer at the age of 76.

Franklin leaves behind four sons and such beloved songs like “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” “Respect” and “Think”. Her last show was at the Elton John Aids Foundation Gala in New York in November of 2017. Reportedly she was working on a new album with collaborations with Lionel Richie, Stevie Wonder and Elton John.

Kofi Annan dies at age 80 …

The former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has died at the age of 80. The global diplomat was the first black African to hold the title of United Nations Secretary General.

The President of Ghana said he died “peacefully in his sleep”. Tributes from around the world have come into the foundation after his death was made public. The Nobel Peace Prize winner was remembered by many in the world as a “radiating genuine kindness, warmth and brilliance in all he did”. Annan did not support the war in Iraq, something that did not sit well with President George W. Bush. Annan was never shy about speaking candidly about matters he believed strongly in and keeping the pressure on other world leaders to do the same. In his Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech, Annan reminded the world why such pressure is necessary. “Beneath the surface of states and nations, ideas and language lies the fate of individual human beings in need,” he said. “Answering their needs will be the mission of the United Nations in the century to come.”

He was born Kofi Atta Annan to an elite family in Kumasi, Ghana, the son of a provincial Governor and grandson of two tribal chiefs. He married Titi, a Nigerian woman in 1965 and they had a daughter Ama and a son Kojo. The two divorced in the 1970’s and while working in Geneva, Switzerland he met his second wife Nane Lagergren, a Swedish Lawyer. They later had a child. His funeral arraignments have not been announced.

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