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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

Thousands of Young Black Men Die in Gun Crimes Every Year Infographic

Thousands of Young Black Men Die in Gun Crimes Every Year

by Hatty Lee on March 28 2012, 9:00AM

For all the talk of hoodies and school suspensions and who punched whom first, one thing stands above the rest in Trayvon Martin’s death: There was a gun involved, and that’s a terribly common feature in the deaths of young black men.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Schools & Youth, Trayvon Martin

College Board: New Photo ID Requirements for SAT Will Not Affect Undocumented Students

by Jorge Rivas on March 27 2012, 4:56PM

The changes will not affect students who may not have access to government-issued IDs, according to The College Board.

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

How Scholarships Leave Student-Athletes Powerless in the NCAA Game

How Scholarships Leave Student-Athletes Powerless in the NCAA Game

by Jamilah King on March 23 2012, 10:08AM

While March Madness kicks into full swing, it highlights college athletes who are simultaneously the most visible and most vulnerable students in the country.

Topics: March Madness, Schools & Youth

Dharun Ravi's Finally Speaks Out, Denies He Caused Suicide

Dharun Ravi’s Finally Speaks Out, Denies He Caused Suicide

by Jorge Rivas on March 22 2012, 5:26PM

Former Rutgers student Dharun Ravi, who was convicted last week of a hate crime for spying on his gay roommate’s date, will make his first primetime television interview on Friday night.

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

Virginia Teacher Who Asked Black Student to Read Poem in ‘Blacker’ Voice Suspended

by Jorge Rivas on March 21 2012, 4:29PM

Fairfax County, Virginia school administrators have placed a school teacher on paid administrative leave she asked only black student in class to read a poem in a “blacker” style.

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

Black Superintendent of Most Diverse School District in Nation Doesn’t Like Blacks, Workers Say

by Jorge Rivas on March 21 2012, 2:06PM

Nine employees of the Tukwila School District near Seattle, Washington, have filed complaints of racial discrimination against the districts black superintendent, Ethelda Burke.

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

Calif. State Schools Slash Spring Admission in Big Hit to Students of Color

Calif. State Schools Slash Spring Admission in Big Hit to Students of Color

by Jorge Rivas on March 21 2012, 12:10PM

The majority of students locked out of enrolling in the Spring are mainly transfers from community colleges who are overwhelmingly students of color.

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

Dharun Ravi, Tyler Clementi and the Hard Work of Truly Stopping Bullies

Dharun Ravi, Tyler Clementi and the Hard Work of Truly Stopping Bullies

by Rinku Sen on March 21 2012, 9:33AM

If we really want to stop bullying, writes Rinku Sen, we can’t just do it from the back end in criminal courts. We have to affirmatively, proactively expand the rights of LGBT people, immigrants, people of color and women.

Topics: Bullying, Gender & Sexuality, Movement, Schools & Youth

The March Madness Statistic You Don't Hear About: College Grad Rates Infographic

The March Madness Statistic You Don’t Hear About: College Grad Rates

by Hatty Lee on March 19 2012, 9:32AM

The country’s best teams are competing in the NCAA tournament for a national championship. But are schools preparing its black players for life after basketball?

Topics: Arts & Culture, March Madness, Schools & Youth

Tyler Clementi’s Webcam Spying Roommate Convicted of Hate Crime

by Julianne Hing on March 16 2012, 12:20PM

The former Rutgers student faces a maximum of ten years in prison.

Topics: LGBT Youth, /NOW, Schools & Youth

Santa Monica College First in Nation to Offer Popular Classes at Higher Fees

by Jorge Rivas on March 14 2012, 10:34AM

The two-year college in Santa Monica is believed to be the first in the nation to offer the plan.

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

Child Sex Abuse Reported at Shelter for Undocumented Youth

Child Sex Abuse Reported at Shelter for Undocumented Youth

by Jorge Rivas on March 8 2012, 9:52AM

A former case manager at a shelter for undocumented youth caught crossing the border by themselves is being accused of sexually abusing six teenagers while he was supervising calls they made to relatives in Central America.

Topics: Immigration, /NOW, Schools & Youth

Steve Jobs' Widow Has Supported the DREAM Act for Years

Steve Jobs’ Widow Has Supported the DREAM Act for Years

by Jorge Rivas on March 7 2012, 4:14PM

The wife of the late Apple cofounder Steve Jobs has been a supporter of the DREAM Act for years.

Topics: Immigration, /NOW, Schools & Youth

Black Students in L.A. Suspended at Higher Than Average Rates

Black Students in L.A. Suspended at Higher Than Average Rates

by Jorge Rivas on March 7 2012, 12:42PM

African American students in Los Angeles are being suspended at a proportionally higher rate than in the nation’s other largest school systems.

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth