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DOJ Files Landmark Agreement to Curb Meridian, Miss.’s School-to-Prison Pipeline

by Julianne Hing on March 22 2013, 2:17PM

“For Mississippi it’s really a glorious day.”

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

Chicago to Close 61 Public School Facilities to Address $1 Billion Deficit

Chicago to Close 61 Public School Facilities to Address $1 Billion Deficit

by Jorge Rivas on March 22 2013, 11:11AM

Student advocates say the schools closures will disproportionately affect students of color and endanger the lives of those who may have to cross gang boundaries to attend school.

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

If March Madness Were Based on Black Grad Rates, Who Would Win?

If March Madness Were Based on Black Grad Rates, Who Would Win?

by Jorge Rivas on March 20 2013, 2:39PM

White male basketball student-athletes on tournament teams graduate at the rate of 90 percent versus only 65 percent of black male basketball student-athletes.

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

A Two-Minute Video Explains Why Jail Is Not the Answer for Youth Crime

A Two-Minute Video Explains Why Jail Is Not the Answer for Youth Crime

by Julianne Hing on March 15 2013, 4:58PM

The youthful transgressions of yore are landing kids in jail today. It doesn’t have to be that way.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW, Schools & Youth

Do Cops Make Schools Safe? Students Answer [VIDEO] Play

Do Cops Make Schools Safe? Students Answer [VIDEO]

by Jorge Rivas, Julianne Hing on March 7 2013, 10:08AM

A crucial voice has been lost in the post-Sandy Hook debate over school safety: Students. So we asked some Los Angeles high schoolers to chime in.

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

New Study Finds a Dramatic Drop in Youth Incarceration Rates

New Study Finds a Dramatic Drop in Youth Incarceration Rates

by Julianne Hing on March 1 2013, 9:00AM

Thanks to falling youth crime rates and cash-strapped states (seriously), juveniles are less likely to land in prison. But when it comes to racial disparities, the devil remains in the details.

Topics: Criminal Justice, School-to-Prison, Schools & Youth

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