Schools & Youth

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…

Topics: Politics, Schools & Youth

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 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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