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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

California Teens Respond to Newtown Tragedy in New Video

California Teens Respond to Newtown Tragedy in New Video

by Jorge Rivas on January 7 2013, 11:28AM

Inspired by the “Demand a Plan” video that features more than a dozen of Hollywood luminaries, California youth have come together to demand a “real plan” to keep schools and communities safe. In the 60-second video, 33 California young people…

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

Tennessee Signs Landmark DOJ Agreement to Right Its Juvenile Justice Wrongs

by Julianne Hing on December 19 2012, 1:57PM

The Shelby County juvenile justice system is especially and disproportionately harsh on black kids, while denying kids of all races their basic due process rights.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW, Schools & Youth

The School-to-Prison Pipeline Gets Its First-Ever Airing in the Senate

The School-to-Prison Pipeline Gets Its First-Ever Airing in the Senate

by Julianne Hing on December 13 2012, 9:54AM

Wednesday’s Judiciary Committee hearing comes on the heels of a Justice Department suit against Meridian, Miss., where school officials are charged with routinely locking kids up for petty offenses.

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

US Court Upholds $1 Mil for Latino Student Harassed in High School

US Court Upholds $1 Mil for Latino Student Harassed in High School

by Jorge Rivas on December 4 2012, 11:57AM

One of the biggest awards ever issued in a high school racial harassment case was upheld by a New York Court on Monday.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW, Schools & Youth

In First Courtroom Battle, Gov. Jindal's Voucher Program Declared Unconstitutional

In First Courtroom Battle, Gov. Jindal’s Voucher Program Declared Unconstitutional

by Julianne Hing on December 3 2012, 5:10PM

The largest voucher program in the nation was dealt its first legal setback.

Topics: Education Reform, /NOW, Schools & Youth

Could Your Kid Be Thrown In Jail For Wearing the Wrong Socks? [Reader Forum]

Could Your Kid Be Thrown In Jail For Wearing the Wrong Socks? [Reader Forum]

by Nia King on December 3 2012, 8:42AM

Colorlines readers respond to the shocking details of a Mississippi school-to-prison pipeline.

Topics: School-to-Prison, Schools & Youth

Louisiana Teachers Take Gov. Jindal’s School Vouchers Law to Court

by Julianne Hing on November 28 2012, 1:45PM

The law is the most expansive school voucher program in the nation.

Topics: Education Reform, /NOW, Schools & Youth

The Shocking Details of a Mississippi School-to-Prison Pipeline

The Shocking Details of a Mississippi School-to-Prison Pipeline

by Julianne Hing on November 26 2012, 9:34AM

Wearing the wrong color socks, talking back to a teacher and being late are all infractions that landed Cedric Green in jail. The Justice Department says there are many more students like him.

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

Mass. Becomes 13th State to Allow Some Undocumented Students to Pay In-State Tuition

Mass. Becomes 13th State to Allow Some Undocumented Students to Pay In-State Tuition

by Jorge Rivas on November 20 2012, 3:58PM

The decision will cut tuition fees by about 50 percent for undocumented students attending state colleges.

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

Meet the New Gerber Baby: Mary Jane Montoya

Meet the New Gerber Baby: Mary Jane Montoya

by Jorge Rivas on November 9 2012, 12:29PM

On November 6, 2012, the same day millions of Latinos took to the polls to vote, Gerber announced the winner of their latest Gerber baby photo contest.

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

Polling Places 2012: Cute Kids Edition [Photos]

Polling Places 2012: Cute Kids Edition [Photos]

by Jorge Rivas on November 7 2012, 11:45AM

Tons of babies and a woman who was in labor when she went to vote.

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

Fourteen-Year-Old From Inglewood Explains Why He's Canvassing for Obama in Nevada

Fourteen-Year-Old From Inglewood Explains Why He’s Canvassing for Obama in Nevada

by Jorge Rivas on November 6 2012, 2:21PM

Fourteen-year-old Antoine Jenkins traveled from Inglewood, Calif. to Las Vegas, Nevada to knock on doors and urge voters in the swing state to vote for Obama.

Topics: /NOW, Politics, Schools & Youth

11 Arrested at City Hall as Chicago Teachers, Families Unite to Defend Public Schools

11 Arrested at City Hall as Chicago Teachers, Families Unite to Defend Public Schools

by Julianne Hing on November 5 2012, 11:45AM

A growing coalition of teachers, students and parents is taking on Rahm Emanuel’s school closures agenda.

Topics: Education Reform, /NOW, Schools & Youth

Brooklyn Teen on Track to Become First Black Female Chess Master

Brooklyn Teen on Track to Become First Black Female Chess Master

by Jorge Rivas on November 1 2012, 3:24PM

Rochelle Ballantyne, 17, a Brooklyn teenager featured in the documentary “Chess Master” is on track to become the first female chess master.

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth