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The Dark Cloud the Supreme Court Just Cast Over Affirmative Action

The Dark Cloud the Supreme Court Just Cast Over Affirmative Action

by Victor Goode on February 22 2012, 10:40AM

The Roberts court is uniquely hostile to affirmative action. And now that it has agreed to review a challenge to the University of Texas’s admissions program, all bets may be off for affirmative action in higher education.

Topics: Schools & Youth

Florida's Parent Trigger Bill Heads to the Floor

Florida’s Parent Trigger Bill Heads to the Floor

by Julianne Hing on February 16 2012, 4:33PM

The controversial school reform bill seeks to leverage the power of frustrated parents to overhaul schools.

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

States Move on Tuition Equity for Undocumented Students

States Move on Tuition Equity for Undocumented Students

by Julianne Hing on February 16 2012, 10:06AM

Key fights in Colorado and Florida highlight the progress activists have made, and the challenges they’re up against.

Topics: Schools & Youth

A Group of Parents in the Calif. Desert May Be the Future of School Reform

A Group of Parents in the Calif. Desert May Be the Future of School Reform

by Julianne Hing on February 15 2012, 9:53AM

Parents are no longer content to let politicians and policy makers lead the debate. But does the answer many are embracing turn them into an astroturf movement for dismantling public schools?

Topics: Dispatches, Education Reform, Schools & Youth

LA Sheriff's Letter to Miramonte Parents: ''We Will Not Ask About Your Immigration Status'

LA Sheriff’s Letter to Miramonte Parents: ”We Will Not Ask About Your Immigration Status’

by Jorge Rivas on February 13 2012, 5:33PM

Los Angeles Sheriff Lee Baca on Friday mailed a letter to an estimated 1,400 parents of students at Miramonte Elementary telling them “not to worry about immigration status” if they had any information on the sexual abuse scandal that has…

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

U.S. Dept of Ed Inquiry: Do Harvard and Princeton Discriminate Against Asian-American Students?

U.S. Dept of Ed Inquiry: Do Harvard and Princeton Discriminate Against Asian-American Students?

by Julianne Hing on February 10 2012, 10:03AM

An Asian-American student says he was passed over because of his race. Experts help make sense of the thorny debate.

Topics: Schools & Youth

Fear of Deportation Kept L.A. School's Parents From Reporting Sex Abuse

Fear of Deportation Kept L.A. School’s Parents From Reporting Sex Abuse

by Jorge Rivas on February 10 2012, 8:39AM

As the Miramonte Elementary School sex scandal grows, new reports claim that some parents didn’t report their children’s abuse because of their legal status.

Topics: Immigration, /NOW, Schools & Youth

Tucson Youth Group Hosts Their Own Chicano Studies Classes

Tucson Youth Group Hosts Their Own Chicano Studies Classes

by Jorge Rivas on February 2 2012, 4:20PM

Organizers from UNIDOS, a youth group that opposes the Mexican-American studies ban that went in to effect January 1st in Tucson, have started organizing their own ethnic studies classes.

Topics: Immigration, /NOW, Schools & Youth

From DREAMs to ARMS: Florida Rep. Pushes Military-Only DREAM Act

From DREAMs to ARMS: Florida Rep. Pushes Military-Only DREAM Act

by Jorge Rivas on January 30 2012, 12:14PM

“If these young people are willing to die for America, then certainly they deserve a chance at life in America,” Rep. David Rivera said in a statement.

Topics: Immigration, /NOW, Schools & Youth

Bulldogs Lose Recruit as Georgia Demands He Prove Immigration Status

Bulldogs Lose Recruit as Georgia Demands He Prove Immigration Status

by Jorge Rivas on January 26 2012, 3:13PM

Georgia is the second state, after South Carolina, to enact a ban on undocumented students at public colleges.

Topics: Immigration, /NOW, Schools & Youth

The Real Goal of Ariz.'s Book Banning Thought Police: Harass Latinos

The Real Goal of Ariz.’s Book Banning Thought Police: Harass Latinos

by Rinku Sen on January 20 2012, 9:20AM

To ban ethnic studies in Tucson, officials have had to warehouse Shakespeare’s “The Tempest,” along with six other books. But the messy details don’t matter. The real goal is to put Mexican Americans on the defensive about their place in the state.

Topics: Immigration, Movement, Schools & Youth

 UC President is Seriously Considering Students' Plan That Eliminates Tuition

UC President is Seriously Considering Students’ Plan That Eliminates Tuition

by Jorge Rivas on January 19 2012, 2:48PM

Students could study at universities like UCLA and UC Berkeley and it wouldn’t cost them a dime while they’re in school.

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

Ward Connerly Being Investigated by IRS for Mismanaging Funds

Ward Connerly Being Investigated by IRS for Mismanaging Funds

by Jorge Rivas on January 18 2012, 1:50PM

Ward Connerly, the man that’s campaigned agaisnt affirmative action across the country, is being accused of mismanaging and exploiting donations made by fellow conservatives for his own benefit.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW, Schools & Youth

DREAMer Confronts Romney at NY Fundraiser [Video]

DREAMer Confronts Romney at NY Fundraiser [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on January 18 2012, 11:41AM

A young Latina who identified herself in a video as an undocumented immigrant approached presidential hopeful Mitt Romney at fundraiser in New York yesterday to ask him why he isn’t supporting her DREAM.

Topics: GOP Primary, Immigration, /NOW, Schools & Youth

Hometown Loving Boyle Heights Youth Head to Harvard

Hometown Loving Boyle Heights Youth Head to Harvard

by Julianne Hing on January 13 2012, 5:03PM

Four young Latinos as they explore their post-high school options.

Topics: Celebrate Love, /NOW, Schools & Youth

10 Years Later, No Child Left Behind Ignores Plenty Infographic

10 Years Later, No Child Left Behind Ignores Plenty

by Julianne Hing, Hatty Lee on January 12 2012, 9:50AM

INFOGRAPHIC: A day in the life of the student who is still being left behind by the landmark law, on its tenth anniversary.

Topics: Education Reform, Schools & Youth

Atlanta School Sends 8-Year Olds With Math Homework About Beating Slaves

Atlanta School Sends 8-Year Olds With Math Homework About Beating Slaves

by Jorge Rivas on January 10 2012, 8:03AM

Nine third-grade math teachers in Gwinnett County, Georgia sent a class of mostly black and Latino students home with questions about beating slaves and picking fruit.

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

For-Profit Colleges’ Mostly Black and Latino Students Face Higher Debt and Unemployment

by Jorge Rivas on January 4 2012, 1:54PM

Private for-profit institutions have been the fastest growing part of the U.S. higher education sector for decades now, but a new Harvard study finds students attending for-profit colleges end up with much higher student-loan debts, are less likely to be…

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

Milwaukee Journalist Eugene Kane: Black Youth Are 2011 Boogeyman

Milwaukee Journalist Eugene Kane: Black Youth Are 2011 Boogeyman

by Jorge Rivas on January 4 2012, 12:07PM

A columnist at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says the city’s black youth are “out of control.”

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

‘If I Were A Poor Black Kid’ Dude Responds to Baratunde Thurston’s Satirical Letter

by Jorge Rivas on December 15 2011, 2:23PM

Despite all the controversy, Gene Marks still thinks that if poor black kids in Philadelphia study hard and apply to the best schools they’ll turn out fine.

Topics: Media, /NOW, Schools & Youth