Atlanta residents are currently petitioning the APS school board leaders to reconsider their vote and usage of the $2.4 million E/SPLOST funds in order to renovate the Atlanta Planetarium.
Black boys in Atlanta schools are struggling in Science. Research shows that the lack of exposure of Black boys to Science lowers their ability to succeed academically.
Restoring the Planetarium could be the resource needed to increase the achievement of Black boys currently struggling in Science.
Restoring the Planetarium can turn around the achievement of Black boys in Science.
Science can bridge the gap between the numbers Black boys graduating high school and enrolling in college.
Once completed, the renovated Planetarium will positively impact the achievement of Black boys.
Advocates of the Planetarium believe the funds should be used to support a much-needed STEM/STEAM based academic curriculum.
This curriculum has proven results in increasing achievement for Black boys.
The lack of exposure and engagement in Science impacts the performance of Black boys in Science.
Jason has worked in education for over 15 years as a teacher, blogger and community advocate. He speaks and writes primarily about the need to improve education for Black boys, particularly increasing the number of Black male educators in schools. In addition to blogging here at EdLanta, Jason is also a featured writer at Education Post.