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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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Remembering Professor Takaki, An Activist, Educator and Pioneer

by Gina Acebo on May 27 2009, 2:18PM

As we come to the end of this year’s Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM), I want to take a moment to remember UC Berkeley Ethnic Studies Professor Ronald Takaki who passed away today. Now truth be told, I…

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She Said No To The Test

by Daisy Hernandez on May 26 2009, 4:19PM

Check out this new story by Mandy Van Deven at ColorLines.com. When she transfered to Storm Lake High School in Iowa from a high school in New York, Lori Phanachone indicated that she spoke a language other than English…

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She Said No To The Test

by Mandy Van Deven on May 26 2009, 12:00PM

A Laotian American teen protested No Child Left Behind and Won.

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Breaking News: LAUSD Students Being Arrested for Protesting Layoffs

by Jorge Rivas on May 22 2009, 12:03PM

Close to 400 Los Angeles Unified School District students are marching to the district’s headquarters to protest teacher layoffs. CutsHurtKids twitter feed is reporting four Black students have been arrested and removed from the premises. Earlier in the week…

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The educational experiment

by Michelle Chen on May 20 2009, 8:54PM

The federal economic stimulus will pump millions of dollars into “innovation in education.” If that sounds vague, that’s kind of the point. The money will be targeted to nonprofit-led school reform initiatives that aim broadly to raise student achievement….

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School safety

by Michelle Chen on May 19 2009, 5:11PM

Our schools go to great lengths to teach kids a lesson. Cedric Napoleon, a 14 year-old with behavioral problems at a Killeen, Texas public school, wouldn’t stay put in his seat. So his teacher restrained him by pinning him…

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6.2 Million Students Dropped Out of School in 2007

by Jorge Rivas on May 7 2009, 10:18AM

via Sing Tao Daily & New America Media A joint study by the Northeast University and Alternative Schools Network, published Tuesday, shows that 6.2 million students dropped out of school in 2007. The Sing Tao Daily reports that this figure…

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Enriching poor kids

by Michelle Chen on May 6 2009, 4:38PM

It pays to start early when trying to set kids on the right path. Comprehensive preschool programs have been linked to better outcomes for children later in life, with lower rates of criminal justice involvement and higher earnings. Giving…

Topics: Economy, Schools & Youth

Color-blinders: race, genes and justice

by Michelle Chen on May 5 2009, 9:40PM

When, why and for whom does race matter? Those questions crop up every time the public receives a new batch of data tracing connections between race and inequality, especially in the realm of academic achievement. At Slate, William Saletan,…

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City of lost children

by Michelle Chen on April 30 2009, 5:16PM

Data trickling out of New York City’s education system suggests as schools have pushed up test scores, they’ve also pushed out more students. A study released by the Public Advocate’s office shows that between 2000 and 2007, more than…

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The Digital Divide

by Megan Tady on April 28 2009, 12:00PM

People of color struggle to get online for homework, jobs and more.

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Breaking down the achievement gap

by Michelle Chen on April 23 2009, 2:14PM

Two new studies parse the academic achievement gap on several dimensions—race, socioeconomic status and geography—yet the statistics barely scratch the surface. Analyzing the school systems of the country’s 50 largest cities, Cities in Crisis 2009—a report published by a…

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English and equality in the classroom and the courts

by Michelle Chen on April 20 2009, 8:54PM

Miriam Flores, 22, has bad memories of third grade. That was when she stopped being able to understand her teacher. As her family recounts the story, her grades dropped suddenly after her school in Nogales, Arizona, a town near…

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English immersion, educational exclusion

by Michelle Chen on April 14 2009, 8:36PM

How long does it take to make a child give up on school? Since the 2003 academic year, Boston has pushed public school students with limited English ability—who speak everything from Cantonese to Haitian Creole—into “Sheltered English Immersion” programs….

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Dissent in the ivory tower

by Michelle Chen on April 7 2009, 2:08PM

The college campus is supposed to provide a nesting ground for lively debate. But some recent controversies hint that political polarization is making the ivory tower unsafe for dissent. The case of University of Colorado ethnic studies professor Ward…

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