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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

Under 48 Hours to Help BlackGirlsCode Teach 300+ Youth of Color to Code

Under 48 Hours to Help BlackGirlsCode Teach 300+ Youth of Color to Code

by Jorge Rivas on July 10 2012, 3:31PM

BlackGirlsCode have 37 hours to reach fundraising goal that will help them teach girls computer programming.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW, Schools & Youth

Loan Interest Freeze Provides Boost, and New Barriers, for Students of Color

Loan Interest Freeze Provides Boost, and New Barriers, for Students of Color

by Julianne Hing on July 5 2012, 10:53AM

Last week’s agreement brought welcome news, but difficult cuts, for student borrowers.

Topics: Schools & Youth

House Passes Bill That Will Keep Student Loans Interests From Rising

by Jorge Rivas on June 29 2012, 2:43PM

Student aid is essential for students of color.

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

Texas GOP Adopts Platform to Oppose 'Critical Thinking' in Schools

Texas GOP Adopts Platform to Oppose ‘Critical Thinking’ in Schools

by Jorge Rivas on June 29 2012, 12:43PM

The Republican Party of Texas’ recently adopted 2012 platform contains a plank that opposes the teaching of “critical thinking skills” in schools.

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

Parent Fundraising Deepens Inequality in the New Public School Economy

Parent Fundraising Deepens Inequality in the New Public School Economy

by Julianne Hing on June 27 2012, 9:19AM

As states slash school budgets schools increasingly look to parents to fund those extras, but parents at poorer schools say they need help with even the basics.

Topics: Schools & Youth

'Shy English Learning' Kindergarteners Perform Madonna's 'Vogue'

‘Shy English Learning’ Kindergarteners Perform Madonna’s ‘Vogue’

by Jorge Rivas on June 26 2012, 12:43PM

The children seen in the video above performing Madonna’s “Vogue” at their kindergarten graduation from the Olympic Primary Center in Los Angeles.

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

Judge Rules Thousands of School Workers Wrongfully Fired After Katrina

Judge Rules Thousands of School Workers Wrongfully Fired After Katrina

by Jorge Rivas on June 22 2012, 10:36AM

On Thursday, a Louisiana judge ruled that thousands of New Orleans school employees were wrongfully fired after Hurricane Katrina shut down the entire city in 2005.

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

857 Desks Installed On National Mall to Call Attention to Drop Out Rates

857 Desks Installed On National Mall to Call Attention to Drop Out Rates

by Jorge Rivas on June 21 2012, 1:03PM

Each desk represents one of the 857 students who drop out of high school in the United States every single hour, every single school day, according to the College Board.

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

High School Senior Sings His Way Off UMich's Admission Wait List

High School Senior Sings His Way Off UMich’s Admission Wait List

by Jorge Rivas on June 13 2012, 2:42PM

High school senior Lawrence Yong from Los Angeles just sang himself off the admissions waitlist at the University of Michigan.

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

Judge OKs Using L.A. Student Test Scores for Teacher Job Reviews

by Jorge Rivas on June 11 2012, 5:28PM

A Los Angeles judge has issued a tentative ruling and ordered the L.A. Unified School District to use student achievement in reviewing instructors. L.A. Times has more details on today’s ruling: L.A. County Superior Court Judge James C. Chalfant upheld…

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

DREAMers at NY High School Inspire Community to Drop The I-Word

DREAMers at NY High School Inspire Community to Drop The I-Word

by Jorge Rivas on June 7 2012, 6:21PM

A group of students at Flushing International High School (FIHS) that are part of a DREAM are raising awareness about the Drop the ‘I-Word Campaign and how the ‘I’ word impacts their life.

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

There's an App for That: Reporting NYPD Stop and Frisks

There’s an App for That: Reporting NYPD Stop and Frisks

by Jorge Rivas on June 6 2012, 11:24AM

The app allows bystanders to fully document stop-and-frisk encounters and alert community members when a street stop is in progress.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW, Schools & Youth

Mom Locked Up For Cheering Too Loudly at High School Graduation

Mom Locked Up For Cheering Too Loudly at High School Graduation

by Jorge Rivas on June 6 2012, 10:30AM

A South Carolina mom was arrested on Saturday for cheering at her daughter’s high school graduation for yelling “yay, my baby made it” too loud.

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

Diane Tran, Jailed Texas Honor Student, Turns Down 100K

Diane Tran, Jailed Texas Honor Student, Turns Down 100K

by Jorge Rivas on June 1 2012, 1:54PM

Earlier this week Diane Tran made national headlines after a Texas judge threw 17-year-old teen in jail for missing school.

Topics: Economy, /NOW, Schools & Youth

Dad Who Fears Heights Rides Ferris Wheel for 25 Hours to Raise Money

Dad Who Fears Heights Rides Ferris Wheel for 25 Hours to Raise Money

by Jorge Rivas on June 1 2012, 1:21PM

On Friday morning Gus Martinez broke the world record for the longest time spent on a Ferris wheel.

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

NYC Budget Cuts Could Displace 10,800 Low-Income Kids

NYC Budget Cuts Could Displace 10,800 Low-Income Kids

by Jorge Rivas on June 1 2012, 11:12AM

Day care centers in the city’s Latino, Asian and black communities are the hardest hit.

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

More Than Half of Black Male Students in Oakland Schools May Drop Out

More Than Half of Black Male Students in Oakland Schools May Drop Out

by Jorge Rivas on May 30 2012, 5:00PM

From kindergarten through 12th grade, black boys struggled with attendance, suspension, and maintaining a C average, according to the research reports.

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth