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The Latest Online Education Craze Could Very Well Worsen the Achievement Gap

by Julianne Hing on February 22 2013, 5:15PM

New research suggests that these trendy education programs may well be exacerbating very old racial inequities in education.

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

Kid President Meets the Real President (Plus Some Outtakes)

Kid President Meets the Real President (Plus Some Outtakes)

by Jorge Rivas on February 22 2013, 1:01PM

Kid President was asked by the White House to make a video for their upcoming Easter Egg Roll!

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

Denver's Plugging Up Its School-to-Prison Pipeline

Denver’s Plugging Up Its School-to-Prison Pipeline

by Julianne Hing on February 21 2013, 10:12AM

In the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary massacre, elected officials, pundits and gun lobbyists have been calling for more police in schools. So why is Denver doing its own thing?

Topics: School-to-Prison, Schools & Youth

Why Do Black and Latino Youth Struggle in School? [Reader Forum]

Why Do Black and Latino Youth Struggle in School? [Reader Forum]

by Nia King on February 18 2013, 8:00AM

Colorlines readers suggest solutions to gun violence and overly punitive measures for school children.

Topics: Schools & Youth

Obama's Chicago Guns Speech and the Value of Black and Latino Lives

Obama’s Chicago Guns Speech and the Value of Black and Latino Lives

by Jamilah King on February 15 2013, 8:57AM

President Obama has answered Chicago’s call to come home and address the city’s epidemic of gun violence. But will he lay out a plan for substantive reform?

Topics: Schools & Youth

Family Creates Personal PSA to Encourage Adopting 'Not So Little Newborn' Foster Kids

Family Creates Personal PSA to Encourage Adopting ‘Not So Little Newborn’ Foster Kids

by Jorge Rivas on February 14 2013, 11:43AM

Two years ago Kelli Higgins and her husband adopted two children, a 10 and 5-year old, and recently realized they didn’t have any pictures of them as newborns. Higgins, who is a photographer, improvised her own solution of sort: she…

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

Not Loving It: Young Students Forced to Go to McDonalds for WiFi After Libraries Close

Not Loving It: Young Students Forced to Go to McDonalds for WiFi After Libraries Close

by Jorge Rivas on February 12 2013, 3:02PM

Wifi… would you like fries with that?

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

Florida's School-to-Prison Pipeline Is Largest in the Nation

Florida’s School-to-Prison Pipeline Is Largest in the Nation

by Julianne Hing on February 12 2013, 10:07AM

As talking back to your teacher increasingly leads to misdemeanor criminal charges, experts say the arrests have lifelong consequences.

Topics: School-to-Prison, Schools & Youth

Will Racist Theme Parties Ever Go Out Of Style? [Reader Forum]

Will Racist Theme Parties Ever Go Out Of Style? [Reader Forum]

by Nia King on February 11 2013, 9:34AM

Duke University frat throws a racist rager, featuring yellow-face, kimonos, and more. Colorlines readers sound off on why another semester always seems to mean another racist theme party.

Topics: Schools & Youth

Dispatch from Chicago: Stop the Violence...But How?

Dispatch from Chicago: Stop the Violence…But How?

by Jamilah King on February 7 2013, 8:42AM

As the city becomes the face of urban gun violence, those working directly with the youth being killed struggle for satisfying answers.

Topics: Chicago, Criminal Justice, Dispatches, Guns, Schools & Youth

Duke Frat Throws 'International Relations' Party But Really It's a 'Racist Rager'

Duke Frat Throws ‘International Relations’ Party But Really It’s a ‘Racist Rager’

by Jorge Rivas on February 6 2013, 11:20AM

A group of students have taken it upon themselves to shame students who went to an “international relations” party.

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

Chicago Leads Nation in Murders, With Young People Under 25 Dying Most Often

Chicago Leads Nation in Murders, With Young People Under 25 Dying Most Often

by Jorge Rivas on January 30 2013, 2:53PM

Last year the windy city experienced 100 more murders than New York City, even though NYC has three times as many residents.

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

Study Finds Latino Toddlers Make Up For Scholastic Shortcomings With Strong Social Skills

by Jorge Rivas on January 25 2013, 4:17PM

Mexican-American preschoolers start school way behind their white counterparts. But new research is showing that their social skills are fully developed and robust by the time they start school and are indistinguishable from their white peers.

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

Seattle Teachers Hold Steady to Boycott as Testing Backlash Grows

Seattle Teachers Hold Steady to Boycott as Testing Backlash Grows

by Julianne Hing on January 24 2013, 10:11AM

Around the country, communities are rising up against the testing-driven school reform movement.

Topics: Education Reform, Schools & Youth

A Plan to Serve Homeless Youth in a State With the Largest Need

A Plan to Serve Homeless Youth in a State With the Largest Need

by Jamilah King on January 17 2013, 8:40AM

California accounts for 30 percent of the nation’s homelessness each year. A new effort is underway to address the youth in that group by not lumping them all together.

Topics: Schools & Youth

Obama's Gun Control Plan Could Worsen School-to-Prison Pipeline

Obama’s Gun Control Plan Could Worsen School-to-Prison Pipeline

by Julianne Hing on January 16 2013, 3:14PM

Beware the neutral-sounding language, civil rights advocates warn.

Topics: /NOW, School-to-Prison, Schools & Youth

ACLU Tells Joe Biden: More Police in Schools Don't Make Them Safer

ACLU Tells Joe Biden: More Police in Schools Don’t Make Them Safer

by Julianne Hing on January 15 2013, 1:20PM

Biden’s White House task force on curbing gun violence is set to release its recommendations soon, and advocacy groups urge against repeating past mistakes.

Topics: /NOW, School-to-Prison, Schools & Youth

Teachers at Two Seattle High Schools Boycotting Standardized Test

Teachers at Two Seattle High Schools Boycotting Standardized Test

by Jorge Rivas on January 15 2013, 12:00PM

They claim they can’t in good conscience subject students to the test again.

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

After Newtown, School Communities Brace for Another Influx of Police

After Newtown, School Communities Brace for Another Influx of Police

by Julianne Hing on January 10 2013, 10:33AM

School advocates that are already fighting a school to prison pipeline warn against the assumption that you prevent violence by adding cops.

Topics: Guns, School-to-Prison, Schools & Youth

Are For-Profit Colleges Good or Bad for Students of Color? [Reader Forum]

Are For-Profit Colleges Good or Bad for Students of Color? [Reader Forum]

by Nia King on January 7 2013, 11:43AM

A Colorlines reader explains both the appeal and the darker side of for-profit colleges.

Topics: Schools & Youth