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College Dreams Clouded by Debt, Students Look to Loan Reform

by Michelle Chen on November 14 2009, 9:18AM

What’s a college degree worth these days? Well, how much are you willing to pay? For many, the price of admission to higher education is crippling financial debt. Students of modest means are likely to run into even higher…

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Richmond Gang Rape Raises Race Issue

by Daisy Hernandez on November 2 2009, 10:02AM

The gang rape of a 15-year-old at Richmond High School last weekend has shaken many of us. The details have made us shudder. We’ve refused to read the details of the assault or we’ve analyzed more than a dozen…

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Education Researchers Baffled by “Immigrant Paradox”

by Leticia Miranda on October 21 2009, 12:36PM

A recent study found that, according to the LA Times: Pregnant Latino women smoke and drink less than pregnant white and African American women, Latino newborns have lower infant mortality rates, and the cognitive skill of infants 9 to…

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University of California Walkout Reflection and Update

by Guest Columnist on October 13 2009, 6:36AM

Written by UC Berkeley second year student Lucas Zucker On September 24th I witnessed and became a part of something I never thought I would experience. Students, professors, workers, 5,000 strong, stood on Sproul Plaza at UC Berkeley and cheered,…

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Filipino Teachers Recruited to ‘Virtual Servitude’ in Louisiana

by Michelle Chen on October 7 2009, 10:22AM

This post originally appeared on In These Times. They came on a mission to teach American children, but ended up getting a tough lesson on America’s volatile labor system. A group of Filipino teachers recruited for Louisiana schools was coerced…

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Radio Program Helps Out Vietnamese Parents

by Leticia Miranda on September 30 2009, 9:00AM

In a new media world, we are often evaluating the role “old” media has to play in communication. And the discussion is prompted by some important questions: how do we create dialogue? with who and where? using what tools?…

Topics: Immigration, Schools & Youth

Faculty Walkout at Universities Across California Today

by Guest Columnist on September 24 2009, 6:27AM

by Jonathan Yee, Applied Research Center Today, September 24th, a faculty walkout is taking place at state universities across California, to coincide with the beginning of session. The purpose of the walkout has several points: • Confronting the unclear circumstances…

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High School Latina Drop Out Rate Reaches 41 percent

by Leticia Miranda on September 9 2009, 11:32AM

It was during my first high school AP history class that I really came up against the seemingly overwhelming barriers to higher education. As the year went along, more and more students of color dropped out of the class…

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Obama to Indoctrinate Nation’s Schoolkids Into, Uh, School

by Channing Kennedy on September 4 2009, 4:54PM

The cartoon’s even more instructive when you take out the speech bubbles. I’ve said this more in the last year than I’d care to recall, but this is a real thing that is happening in the universe that we…

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Allison and Ashley

by Cindy Von Quednow on September 3 2009, 12:00PM

Mom and daughter struggle to stay in college during economic uncertainty.

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Young, Brown—And Charged With Truancy

by Julianne Hing on September 2 2009, 12:00PM

Los Angeles officials want to keep kids of color in school, but their policies tell a different story.

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College Dreams Deferred

by Cindy Von Quednow on September 1 2009, 12:00PM

In the recession, undocumented students face more barriers to higher education.

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Protest, Tweet, Raid Savings

by Cindy Von Quednow on August 25 2009, 12:00PM

What students of color are doing to stay in college during the recession

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Teaching the Past and Advancing a Movement in Mississippi

by Michelle Chen on August 21 2009, 10:29PM

When discussing the history of race relations in America, any mention of Mississippi usually deserves to be followed by a “god damn.” Nowadays, though, young Mississippians are moving toward an enlightened concept of past civil rights struggles—and making some…

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Special Education: Equity and Access in Charter Schools

by Michelle Chen on August 19 2009, 5:00PM

Charter schools are often marketed as incubators of educational innovation, and they form a key feature of the Obama administration’s school reform agenda. But in some urban communities, they may be fueling de facto school segregation. In Boston, the…

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Schwarzenegger’s Blockbuster Budget Cuts Terminate the Safety Net [VIDEO]

by Channing Kennedy on August 13 2009, 9:37AM

When financial crisis hit, the California legislature didn’t raise taxes, end tax giveaways, or cut corporate welfare. Instead, they cut services to the people made most vulnerable by the recession — children, the elderly, the sick, victims of domestic…

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An Early Start for Children of Immigrants

by Michelle Chen on August 7 2009, 10:51PM

The Obama administration wants to ramp up early childhood education, as part of its effort to narrow achievement gaps later in life. But universal preschool may not mean universal access for immigrant families. In an exploratory study, the Urban…

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Soft Bigotry, 2.0: Schooling Black Kids

by Michelle Chen on August 3 2009, 9:14PM

Why can’t we just get Black kids to recognize the value of an education? At the Root, Cord Jefferson argues that the answer to racial disparities in academic performance is creating “a new way to sell education to young,…

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The miseducation of Texas

by Michelle Chen on July 17 2009, 5:46PM

President Obama stressed the importance of embracing history when he spoke of standing on the shoulders of giants this week at the NAACP convention. But in Texas, historical consciousness is imperiled in a debate over what to teach the…

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Achievement Gap Widens in Midwestern and Northern States

by Guest Columnist on July 15 2009, 1:07PM

Written by Miriam Leshin Some in America may imagine the North and the Midwest to be far more progressive than the formerly Jim Crow South. But when it comes to education reform, this is patently false. The New York Times…

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