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Most immigrants Sent Back to Mexico Detained at Work or Home, Border Apprehensions Decline

by Jorge Rivas on May 21 2012, 5:18PM

While the number of people crossing from Mexico into the United States has fallen to 40 year lows, the rates of deportation have reached historic highs.

Topics: Immigration, /NOW, Schools & Youth

Second Grader Removed From School for Honoring MLK with Blackface

Second Grader Removed From School for Honoring MLK with Blackface

by Jorge Rivas on May 21 2012, 11:28AM

A Colorado Springs second grader showed up to school in blackface.

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

Native American Mascots Banned in Oregon Schools, Board of Education Rules

by Julianne Hing on May 18 2012, 12:01PM

The new policy, in the works for six years, is one of the strictest in the country.

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth, Sports

Kelley Williams-Bolar's Long, Winding Fight to Educate Her Daughters

Kelley Williams-Bolar’s Long, Winding Fight to Educate Her Daughters

by Julianne Hing on May 16 2012, 9:30AM

When the Ohio mom was prosecuted last year for sending her daughters to a neighboring school district, her story became a cause celebre. Now, she’s joined a growing movement for more parental control over school reform. But is it just a front for privatization?

Topics: Dispatches, Education Reform, Schools & Youth

DREAMers Sue U.S. Senate for Blocking DREAM Act with Filibuster

DREAMers Sue U.S. Senate for Blocking DREAM Act with Filibuster

by Jorge Rivas on May 15 2012, 3:13PM

Undocumented youth to sue U.S. Senate for blocking DREAM Act legislation with filibuster rule.

Topics: Immigration, /NOW, Schools & Youth

Gay Teen Expelled in Stun Gun School Case Attacked at Mall

Gay Teen Expelled in Stun Gun School Case Attacked at Mall

by Jorge Rivas on May 15 2012, 11:40AM

The teen’s alleged attacker, Khyran R. Delay, 34, has been charged with battery.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, /NOW, Schools & Youth

The Remaking of Philadelphia Public Schools: Privatization or Bust

The Remaking of Philadelphia Public Schools: Privatization or Bust

by Julianne Hing on May 11 2012, 9:19AM

The nation’s eighth-largest school district says financial solvency depends on an infusion of cash from the city — and a plan that would shut down schools in the next five years.

Topics: Education Reform, Schools & Youth

Student Loan Interest Hike Heads to Senate

by Julianne Hing on May 7 2012, 5:25PM

Democrats and Republicans agree that student loan interest rates shouldn’t be increased, but have very different ideas about who should pay to stave off those hikes.

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

Tuition Hikes, Budget Cuts Won’t Stop $300K Remodel of CSU Fullerton President’s Home

by Julianne Hing on April 27 2012, 11:00AM

Critics have called the move another sign of CSU officials’ “tone-deafness.”

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

Tucson's Ousted Mexican-American Studies Director Speaks: The Fight's Not Over

Tucson’s Ousted Mexican-American Studies Director Speaks: The Fight’s Not Over

by Julianne Hing on April 27 2012, 10:00AM

Sean Arce may have been fired, but he’s not going to stop defending the Arizona ethnic studies program he says is actually reaching Latino students.

Topics: Schools & Youth

Philadelphia Public School System Braces for Dissolution

Philadelphia Public School System Braces for Dissolution

by Julianne Hing on April 26 2012, 11:56AM

Under the proposed plan, 40 percent of Philly schoolkids will be enrolled in charter schools by 2017.

Topics: Education Reform, /NOW, Schools & Youth

President Obama Slow Jams the News for Student Loans

by Julianne Hing on April 25 2012, 11:08AM

With some help from The Roots on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.”

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

Mitt Romney on College Tuition: 'Shop Around, Find One That Has the Right Price' [Video]

Mitt Romney on College Tuition: ‘Shop Around, Find One That Has the Right Price’ [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on April 24 2012, 2:57PM

Watch Romney tell students worried about student loans to go to cheaper colleges.

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

Another 6-Yr.-Old in Handcuffs? Harry Belafonte on Child Incarceration

Another 6-Yr.-Old in Handcuffs? Harry Belafonte on Child Incarceration

by Channing Kennedy on April 24 2012, 8:29AM

In light of Florida kindergartener Salecia Johnson’s classroom arrest, here’s more from our interview session with Harry Belafonte, in which he discusses his fight to end child incarceration.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Harry Belafonte, Schools & Youth

Is ALEC on the Ropes? As Companies Flee, Critics Target IRS

Is ALEC on the Ropes? As Companies Flee, Critics Target IRS

by Kai Wright on April 23 2012, 11:37AM

Another bad day for the secretive conservative group that’s spread pro-corporate and Tea Party-style legislation around the country. Common Cause challenges its tax exempt status.

Topics: /NOW, Politics, Schools & Youth

Bobby Jindal, Using ALEC Playbook, Radically Reshapes Public Education

Bobby Jindal, Using ALEC Playbook, Radically Reshapes Public Education

by Julianne Hing on April 23 2012, 8:44AM

Louisiana now has the most expansive school voucher system in the nation. How that happened is a lesson for the school wars nationwide.

Topics: ALEC, Education Reform, Schools & Youth

UCLA DREAMers Walk Out on Napolitano [Video]

UCLA DREAMers Walk Out on Napolitano [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on April 18 2012, 5:30PM

UCLA students protest Janet Napolitano.

Topics: Immigration, /NOW, Schools & Youth

Official Who Banned Mexican-American Studies in Tucson Targets Colleges

Official Who Banned Mexican-American Studies in Tucson Targets Colleges

by Jorge Rivas on April 18 2012, 3:56PM

John Huppenthal, a state official who spearheaded the attack on the Tucson program appears to have a new target: Mexican-American studies at the college level.

Topics: /NOW, Politics, Schools & Youth

Five Myths About Crime in Black America--and the Statistical Truths Infographic

Five Myths About Crime in Black America—and the Statistical Truths

by Hatty Lee, Shani O. Hilton on April 13 2012, 8:47AM

Trayvon Martin’s killing stirred many debates about crime surrounding black men. It also kicked up many familiar misconceptions, like the idea that black-on-black crime is uniquely bad. Hatty Lee’s infographic breaks down the realities.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Schools & Youth, Trayvon Martin

Some Skeptical of Perfect College Rate at Chicago's Urban Prep

Some Skeptical of Perfect College Rate at Chicago’s Urban Prep

by Jorge Rivas on April 4 2012, 10:05AM

The school has made international headlines year-after-year for their perfect college going rates—including a segment on the Oprah Winfrey show—but skeptics say there may a lot more to the success story that we don’t know about.

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth