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Roberts Court May Have Last Word in Long Debate Over Affirmative Action

Roberts Court May Have Last Word in Long Debate Over Affirmative Action

by Victor Goode on October 9 2012, 9:21AM

The Supreme Court has been closing the door on affirmative action since 1978. This week, justices hear the case that many believe will finally slam it shut.

Topics: Affirmative Action, Schools & Youth

The Real Audience for 'Won't Back Down' May Not Have Been Moviegoers

The Real Audience for ‘Won’t Back Down’ May Not Have Been Moviegoers

by Julianne Hing on October 5 2012, 10:15AM

The movie has been a flop in box office sales. But backers of the controversial “parent trigger” school reform movement are taking their most powerful organizing tool on a tour of their own.

Topics: Education Reform, Schools & Youth

Plenty of Common Ground in Obama and Romney's Ed Reform Pitches

Plenty of Common Ground in Obama and Romney’s Ed Reform Pitches

by Julianne Hing on October 4 2012, 12:14PM

Surprise, surprise. When it comes to school reform, Republicans and Democrats agree on quite a bit.

Topics: Education Reform, /NOW, Schools & Youth

Viola Davis Welcomes Protestors Who Disrupted 'Won't Back Down' Premiere

Viola Davis Welcomes Protestors Who Disrupted ‘Won’t Back Down’ Premiere

by Jorge Rivas on September 28 2012, 11:45AM

An estimated 50 parents and teachers demonstrated outside the “Won’t Back Down” film premiere in New York Sunday.

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

Hollywood Takes Up School Reform's Latest Agenda in 'Won't Back Down'

Hollywood Takes Up School Reform’s Latest Agenda in ‘Won’t Back Down’

by Julianne Hing on September 26 2012, 10:18AM

“Won’t Back Down” is a new film made with the help of billionaire school reform backers could alter the national dialgoue on school reform.

Topics: Education Reform, Schools & Youth

So Who Actually Won the Chicago Teachers Strike?

So Who Actually Won the Chicago Teachers Strike?

by Jorge Rivas on September 19 2012, 1:35PM

Chicago public school teachers voted on Tuesday to end their strike and resume classes Wednesday in the third-largest U.S. school district in the Nation.

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

At Towson Univ., A Student Makes His Case for a White Student Union

At Towson Univ., A Student Makes His Case for a White Student Union

by Julianne Hing on September 19 2012, 10:04AM

A university in Maryland must tackle thorny questions of race, but trying to avoid the topic altogether.

Topics: Schools & Youth

The School Reform Showdown in the Chicago Arne Duncan Left Behind

The School Reform Showdown in the Chicago Arne Duncan Left Behind

by Julianne Hing on September 14 2012, 9:37AM

The teachers strike in Obama’s hometown is an uncomfortable referendum on his education agenda

Topics: Schools & Youth

A Chicago Teacher Explains: Why I'm Striking

A Chicago Teacher Explains: Why I’m Striking

by Julianne Hing on September 10 2012, 11:43AM

Chicago schoolteacher Xian Barrett says classroom conditions are unfair to teachers—and students.

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

Are For-Profit Colleges the Answer for Black Students?

Are For-Profit Colleges the Answer for Black Students?

by Julianne Hing on September 10 2012, 10:20AM

The for-profit industry is taking in students who’ve been locked out of higher education. What’s the problem with that?

Topics: Schools & Youth

'OSU Haters' Tumblr Puts Ohio State's Racist Tweets on Blast

‘OSU Haters’ Tumblr Puts Ohio State’s Racist Tweets on Blast

by Jorge Rivas on August 31 2012, 12:08PM

The three-month old Tumblr takes hateful and/or racially insensitive tweets posted by Ohio State students and lays them out for the world to see.

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

Study Finds Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities Among Fifth-Graders Across Country

by Jorge Rivas on August 23 2012, 2:15PM

Black children and Latino children fared worse than white children in almost every category.

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

Basketball Coaches and Starbucks Push For Affirmative Action

Basketball Coaches and Starbucks Push For Affirmative Action

by Julianne Hing on August 22 2012, 11:00AM

Without affirmative action the only black and Latino faces on college campuses could be those of student athletes, and that’s unacceptable, college basketball coaches warn.

Topics: Schools & Youth

Pew Report: Record Numbers of Latinos in US Colleges, Public Schools

Pew Report: Record Numbers of Latinos in US Colleges, Public Schools

by Jorge Rivas on August 21 2012, 11:59AM

Latinos are now, for the first time, the largest minority group among the nation’s four-year college and university students.

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

Should Young Black Women Strive to Be Steve Jobs--or to Do Better? [Reader Forum]

Should Young Black Women Strive to Be Steve Jobs—or to Do Better? [Reader Forum]

by Channing Kennedy on August 6 2012, 9:16AM

Colorlines.com readers discuss an exciting program that’s giving young black women the tech skills that nobody else will, and how few truly positive tech-sector role models these kids have.

Topics: Schools & Youth

Can a Black Girl Be the Next Steve Jobs?

Can a Black Girl Be the Next Steve Jobs?

by Julianne Hing on July 31 2012, 9:48AM

A new Oakland-based non-profit thinks so. And it’s breaking down the “brogrammer” stereotype, one website at a time.

Topics: Schools & Youth

Judge OKs Nation’s First Parent Trigger Takeover in Adelanto, Calif. School

by Julianne Hing on July 25 2012, 4:02PM

Parents in a small southern California town will now be allowed to go ahead with any number of reforms, including firing the principal, converting the school to a charter school or shutting down the school.

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

Are For-Profit Schools the Next Subprime Crash for Communities of Color? [Reader Forum]

Are For-Profit Schools the Next Subprime Crash for Communities of Color? [Reader Forum]

by Channing Kennedy on July 23 2012, 9:27AM

Students of color are being left little choice but to flock to for-profit schools — a section of the education industry with increasingly lax oversight. Could this be the next subprime crash in the making? Here’s what you had to say.

Topics: Schools & Youth

Here's How Students of Color Fit Into Higher Ed's Shifting Ecosystem Infographic

Here’s How Students of Color Fit Into Higher Ed’s Shifting Ecosystem

by Julianne Hing on July 17 2012, 10:31AM

The U.S. higher education system is a vast and growing network, but whether it be for-profit schools or private universities, who goes where changes largely according to race.

Topics: Schools & Youth

Tucson Freedom Summer, Or 5 Ways to Fight Back Against An Unjust Law

Tucson Freedom Summer, Or 5 Ways to Fight Back Against An Unjust Law

by Julianne Hing on July 11 2012, 10:17AM

Arizona’s ban on ethnic studies hasn’t stopped organizers and educators in Tucson from fighting back against the law. Here’s how they’re doing it.

Topics: Immigration, Schools & Youth