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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…

Topics: Immigration, Schools & Youth

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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Secretary Duncan’s Proposed School Restructuring Smacks of Dressed-up Discrimination [VIDEO]

by Terry Keleher on July 15 2009, 9:31AM

Borrowing from his playbook at the Chicago Public Schools, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan wants to go national with his school “turnaround” model, First, you fire the entire staff—from teachers to kitchen workers and janitors—at neighborhood schools, typically in…

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Sikh Students Speak Out: “We Want Safe Schools Now!”

by Julianne Hing on July 8 2009, 1:35PM

I’m both excited and a little disheartened to share the latest news from the Sikh Coalition’s New York office. The community org released a new report with findings that show that one year into a 2008 resolution announced by New…

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A higher standard

by Michelle Chen on July 3 2009, 5:23PM

Under the banner of reform and equal opportunity, the country is moving toward national education standards. But in education, a “common” standard isn’t necessarily an “equal” one, especially for the communities hardest hit by failures in public schools. EdWeek…

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Horne v. Flores: Lessons in equality

by Michelle Chen on June 25 2009, 9:05PM

After sidestepping the issue of equality in voting rights earlier this week, the Supreme Court today issued a ruling that could loosen the legal framework for ensuring equality in education. The case, Horne v. Flores, was brought by parents…

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Students Denied Diplomas For Protesting

by Cindy Von Quednow on June 23 2009, 1:14PM

photo credit: David Rapkin In protest to the Los Angeles Unified School District layoffs and cuts, fifteen students at Liechty Middle School in Los Angeles turned their backs during their graduation ceremony. For this they were not allowed to…

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Having Their Say

by Kari Lydersen on June 16 2009, 12:00PM

With digital recorders and DVDs, young people are saving endangered languages.

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Budget Cuts Leaving California Schools High and Dry: Youth of Color Disproportionately Affected

by Guest Columnist on June 11 2009, 5:10PM

by Christina Chen Last Tuesday, I watched as the returns for four Bay Area parcel tax ballot initiatives aimed at ameliorating the impact of state budget shortfalls on schools were announced. The results of Tuesday’s elections, which had come on…

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