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New York City Scraps Teacher Pay for Performance Bonus Plan

New York City Scraps Teacher Pay for Performance Bonus Plan

by Julianne Hing on July 22 2011, 10:00AM

The move comes after several years unstable dips and peaks in test scores.

Topics: Schools & Youth

Deadline Passes for Atlanta Teachers to Resign Amid Cheating Scandal

Deadline Passes for Atlanta Teachers to Resign Amid Cheating Scandal

by Julianne Hing on July 21 2011, 9:30AM

So far, only four high-ranking officials have resigned, while the city’s teacher force pushes for more institutional accountability than individual blame.

Topics: Schools & Youth

Dems, Students Fight to Save Pell Grants Amid Debt Ceiling Talks

Dems, Students Fight to Save Pell Grants Amid Debt Ceiling Talks

by Julianne Hing on July 20 2011, 9:50AM

While Republicans push for more cutbacks, others fight for low-income students and students of color.

Topics: Schools & Youth

Black Prodigy's Admission to UConn Revoked Amid Claims of Radical Poetry

Black Prodigy’s Admission to UConn Revoked Amid Claims of Radical Poetry

by Jorge Rivas on July 18 2011, 11:28AM

Autum Ashante is a 13-year-old with an IQ of 149. But she’s already being called the “racist poet” by some conservatives.

Topics: Schools & Youth

Chicago Schools Plow $51M Into Security for

Chicago Schools Plow $51M Into Security for “Zero Tolerance” Rules

by Bryan Gerhart on July 18 2011, 10:40AM

High schoolers are being suspended for minor infractions like taking out cell phones in class. And it’s costing the already budget-strapped district millions.

Topics: Schools & Youth

California's Parent Trigger Law Approved with New Regulations

California’s Parent Trigger Law Approved with New Regulations

by Julianne Hing on July 15 2011, 9:54AM

Advocates of the law say that it gives parents the power to turn their kids’ schools around. But teacher’s unions disagree.

Topics: Schools & Youth

Fallout from Atlanta Schools Cheating Frightens Other Districts

Fallout from Atlanta Schools Cheating Frightens Other Districts

by Julianne Hing on July 14 2011, 10:00AM

The spotlight may be on Georgia, but are other school districts actually paying attention?

Topics: Schools & Youth

How to Succeed at a Summer Job: Look White and Christian

How to Succeed at a Summer Job: Look White and Christian

by Jamilah King on July 8 2011, 11:32AM

Recent news shows bias is still getting in the way of work for young people of color.

Topics: Economy, Schools & Youth

How Fear and Intimidation Led to Massive Atlanta School Cheating

How Fear and Intimidation Led to Massive Atlanta School Cheating

by Julianne Hing on July 8 2011, 10:54AM

Once considered an education reform darling, Atlanta has become the latest major city to have its school system rocked by test cheating. But don’t blame the teachers.

Topics: Schools & Youth

The Creation--and Consequences--of the Model Minority Myth

The Creation—and Consequences—of the Model Minority Myth

by Julianne Hing on July 6 2011, 9:31AM

A new study debunks the idea that all Asian American students are high-achieving. And Oiyan Poon, a researcher at the University of Massachusetts, explains why the myth’s bad for all students of color.

Topics: Schools & Youth

LAUSD Names Echo Park School After Chicana Writer Sandra Cisneros

LAUSD Names Echo Park School After Chicana Writer Sandra Cisneros

by Jamilah King on July 5 2011, 10:08AM

The Sandra Cisneros Learning Academy will open to K-8 students in September.

Topics: Schools & Youth

Youth Say Race Still Matters--So What Are They Doing About It?

Youth Say Race Still Matters—So What Are They Doing About It?

by Juell Stewart on June 28 2011, 10:50AM

Our focus groups found young people still see race shaping U.S. society. Here are five campaigns working with them to tackle modern racism.

Topics: Schools & Youth, Youth and Race

More Than Half of U.S. Children Under Age 2 Are Of Color

More Than Half of U.S. Children Under Age 2 Are Of Color

by Jorge Rivas on June 24 2011, 1:09PM

Here’s more proof that the country is growing more diverse. The question now is how our policies will reflect that change.

Topics: Schools & Youth

Audit Finds that Tucson's Ethnic Studies Program is Legal

Audit Finds that Tucson’s Ethnic Studies Program is Legal

by Julianne Hing on June 21 2011, 10:16AM

Arizona state superintendent John Huppenthal is still pushing to strip schools of millions of dollars in funding for teaching courses that “promote ethnic solidarity.”

Topics: Schools & Youth

An Open Address to 2011 Graduates: It's OK to Follow, Say No and Get Hurt

An Open Address to 2011 Graduates: It’s OK to Follow, Say No and Get Hurt

by Rinku Sen on June 20 2011, 9:43AM

Go forth as joiners, says Rinku Sen, with the clarity that lets you say no on the way to yes, and with an open heart.

Topics: Graduates, Movement, Schools & Youth

What's Racism? That's Harder for Youth to Answer Than You Think

What’s Racism? That’s Harder for Youth to Answer Than You Think

by Dom Apollon on June 16 2011, 9:25AM

In a series of focus groups, young people of all races struggled to describe the ways in which institutions and social structures produce racial disparities.

Topics: Colorlines Surveys, Schools & Youth, Youth and Race

California DREAMing--

California DREAMing—“Education Can Be This Kind of Light”

by Julianne Hing on June 13 2011, 9:45AM

Two bills that would grant undocumented youth greater access to higher ed are moving through the state legislature.

Topics: Immigration, Schools & Youth

Don't Call Them

Don’t Call Them “Post-Racial”—How Young People Actually Think About Race

by Dom Apollon on June 7 2011, 2:41PM

A three-part series in which Dom Apollon breaks down the findings from a series of focus groups with Millennials on everything from Barack Obama to criminal justice.

Topics: Politics, Schools & Youth, Youth and Race

Don't Call Them

Don’t Call Them “Post-Racial.” Millennials Say Race Matters to Them

by Dom Apollon on June 7 2011, 10:05AM

Results from focus groups with dozens of multiracial young people show in-depth conversations about race generate far more nuanced ideas than mainstream polling has suggested.

Topics: Colorlines Surveys, Schools & Youth, Youth and Race

Reporter's Notebook: A Look Inside Our Focus Groups on Youth and Race Play

Reporter’s Notebook: A Look Inside Our Focus Groups on Youth and Race

by Channing Kennedy, Dom Apollon on June 7 2011, 10:00AM

Research director Dom Apollon explains the project and speaks with some of the focus group participants on camera.

Topics: Schools & Youth, Youth and Race