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Wisc. Law Fouls Out American Indian Team Names

Wisc. Law Fouls Out American Indian Team Names

by Michelle Chen on June 24 2010, 12:35PM

Look around an average college campus today and you might notice that Native Americans are surprisingly well represented. Sure, people of native descent make up just a tiny part of the college and university student population. But there are plenty…

Topics: Schools & Youth

New York Moves to Keep Incarcerated Parents Connected to Kids

New York Moves to Keep Incarcerated Parents Connected to Kids

by Michelle Chen on June 17 2010, 10:27AM

The prison system and the child welfare system both have the power to split families apart, and too often, they are tragically linked when the state imposes its judgment that a parent is no longer worthy of her child. For…

Topics: Criminal Justice, Schools & Youth

Questions Shadow Higher Ed Reform for Students of Color

by Michelle Chen on June 7 2010, 1:39PM

Under Obama’s education reform agenda, billions in grant money is headed down the pipeline, including a boost for community colleges and sweeping reforms in K-12 schools. Schools that focus on communities of color may have the most to gain and…

Topics: Schools & Youth

Will A College Degree From Wal-Mart Be Worth The Price?

by Julianne Hing on June 4 2010, 1:19PM

Employees at Wal-Mart will soon be able to sign up for undergraduate classes through a partnership with the for-profit American Public University, Wal-Mart announced yesterday. It’s an innovative program, to be sure, but not without its dangers, especially when it…

Topics: Schools & Youth

Ethnic Studies is Broadening, Arizona Be Damned

by Daisy Hernandez on June 3 2010, 12:00PM

The academic field’s complex growth mirrors race relations today—which is at least part of why it scares Tom Horne so much.

Topics: Schools & Youth

Race To The Top: What Does It Really Do For Education?

by Hatty Lee on June 1 2010, 7:23PM

Since last summer, states have been competing for the $4.35 billion that the Obama administration allocated for Race to the Top. This program was introduced by Education Secretary Arne Duncan and is based on a 500-point scale on which states…

Topics: Schools & Youth

Education's Race to the Top Infographic

Education’s Race to the Top

by Julianne Hing on June 1 2010, 12:00PM

With schools in crisis nationwide, states scramble to apply for Obama’s controversial education grants program.

Topics: Schools & Youth

Battling Over Brown v. Board, More than 50 Yrs. Later

by Tammy Johnson on May 17 2010, 9:32AM

Welcome to the battle royale. Today is the anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision in Brown vs. Board of Education, an annual heavyweight match where race and public education claim the center ring. In one corner are Brown’s defenders,…

Topics: Schools & Youth

Chicano Studies Teach “Ethnic Chauvinism,” Says AZ School Chief Tom Horne

by Julianne Hing on May 13 2010, 11:39AM

Arizona’s State School Superintendent Tom Horne took to the airwaves yesterday to defend HB 2281, the law that he wrote that bans ethnic studies classes in Arizona public schools. He and Georgetown sociology professor Michael Eric Dyson duked it out…

Topics: Immigration, Schools & Youth

Arizona’s Gov. Brewer Signs Ethnic Studies Ban Into Law

by Julianne Hing on May 12 2010, 12:25PM

It’s crazy times in Arizona, and Arizona Governor Jan Brewer is going to make sure that no one forgets that. Yesterday, Brewer signed HB 2281 into law, a bill that prohibits schools from teaching classes designed to teach students of…

Topics: Schools & Youth

Education Reform Sweeping Across The Country And Under The Radar

by Julianne Hing on May 7 2010, 9:40AM

Education reform doesn’t seem to be getting the national headlines that financial regulation, climate change, and even the perpetually unpopular immigration reform gets. But the move to remake federal education policy is already happening around the country. Colorado is currently…

Topics: Schools & Youth

Charles Murray to the Rescue of Failing Charter Schools

by Tammy Johnson on May 6 2010, 9:00AM

There are some people that the mainstream media just can’t get enough of. Case in point is Mr. Bell Curve himself, Charles Murray, whom the New York Times saw fit to give prime time op-ed space yesterday. Murray’s piece references…

Topics: Schools & Youth, The Compact

Arne Duncan’s Got Ideas To Help Latino Students Graduate from College

by Julianne Hing on April 22 2010, 8:35AM

The Secretary of Education shared his broad ideas for helping support the retention of Latino students in higher education earlier this week. Duncan spoke at the 15th Annual National Capitol forum on Hispanic Higher Education on Monday about the need…

Topics: Schools & Youth

Mississippi Ordered to Stop Segregating Its Schools

by Julianne Hing on April 14 2010, 4:22PM

The Department of Justice announced that a federal judge ordered a Mississippi county to stop the illegal practice of allowing white students to transfer out of their assigned high schools to the county’s only white-majority high school. The Washington…

Topics: Schools & Youth

NCAA Champs: Duke Succeeds in Basketball and Graduation Rates

NCAA Champs: Duke Succeeds in Basketball and Graduation Rates

by Hatty Lee on April 6 2010, 2:09PM

Last night, Duke University took the NCAA championship title. Honestly, I was rooting for the underdog Butler. But it was a good game. Props to the two teams’ basketball skills, but also to the fact that the graduation rates for…

Topics: Schools & Youth, Sports

Obama Administration Offers Support for UT Austin’s Affirmative Action Policies

by Julianne Hing on April 2 2010, 3:43PM

The Obama Administration filed an amicus brief in support of the University of Texas, Austin, which includes a component that considers race and ethnicity in its admissions decisions. The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals is currently hearing a case brought…

Topics: Schools & Youth

Classroom to Courtroom: Lawsuit Tackles Rhode Island’s Court for ‘Wayward’ Students

by Michelle Chen on March 30 2010, 6:15AM

Rhode Island wants its kids to stay in school. Or else. The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit on Monday charging that the state’s anti-truancy policy not only ignores children’s legitimate reasons for not attending school, but subjects…

Topics: Schools & Youth

Nation’s Report Card on Schools: Needs Improvement

by Michelle Chen on March 26 2010, 7:24PM

Two dramas played out in the education system this week. While New York activists scored a court ruling barring the closure of 19 “underperforming” schools, Washington mulled over the latest national report card in reading and math. The results of…

Topics: Schools & Youth

College Students Need Government Aid More Than Sallie Mae Does

by Julianne Hing on March 24 2010, 5:17PM

Visual design: Hatty Lee Check out our past coverage to see what else you can look forward to when SAFRA becomes law. It is expected to pass when the Senate votes later this week on the reconciliation bill, but student…

Topics: Schools & Youth

School Grounds as Battlefield: Political Lessons at an Arabic-themed School

by Michelle Chen on March 19 2010, 2:41PM

In 2007, New York City public schools were poised to break new cultural ground. The city established the Khalil Gibran International Academy, a comprehensive public school specializing in the Arabic language. The grade 6-12 school, the first of its…

Topics: Schools & Youth