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The global classroom

by Michelle Chen on March 24 2009, 4:15PM

If you’re a kid in a New York City classroom, there’s a good chance that your parents, and maybe you, were not born in the United States; there’s also a good chance that when it comes to participating in…

Topics: Immigration, Schools & Youth

The Racial Impact of RIFs

by Guest Columnist on March 23 2009, 11:26AM

by Thomas Morse (This post originally appeared on The Teacher Lounge.) Lost in the outcries over the state budget and the painful cuts to our schools is the racial impact of those cuts. If the youngest teachers in California are…

Topics: Schools & Youth

The War on Terror Fuels Racial Bullying

by Julianne Hing on March 17 2009, 12:00PM

Community advocates demand policy changes as Sikh kids face more violence.

Topics: Schools & Youth

Recruitment Alone Not Enough to Get Kids to College

by Guest Columnist on March 10 2009, 1:46PM

by Viany Orozco (This post originally appeared on the Demos blog) (photo by Elaine Faith) A recent report analyzing the racial and income diversity of the student body at Sonoma State University (SSU) in California found that SSU, “has recently…

Topics: Schools & Youth

Cradles, Classrooms, Paddles and Prisons

by Michelle Chen on March 2 2009, 10:15PM

The Children’s Defense Fund and other advocacy organizations convened in California last week at the National Cradle to Prison Pipeline Summit. The conference built on the progress of an ongoing campaign to raise consciousness about the criminalization of youth, barriers…

Topics: Schools & Youth

Grading Obama on Education

by Michelle Chen on February 27 2009, 5:03PM

Is the Obama administration on the honors track to bridging the racial and economic disparities that plague our public schools? The President has proposed several initiatives that appear to target inequities in teacher quality and student performance. His budget…

Topics: Schools & Youth

College Acceptance Rates Rise in Unlikely School Setting

by Guest Columnist on February 20 2009, 2:43PM

By Jamilah King This post originally appeared on WireTap. Excellent news in San Francisco. June Jordan High School for Equity, a relatively new alternative public school in the city’s Excelsior district, has one of the highest college acceptance rates in…

Topics: Schools & Youth

Narrowing the gates to opportunity

by Michelle Chen on February 16 2009, 6:08PM

As some doors open for immigrants and others close, the gateway to citizenship remains mired in politics. The Pentagon is attempting to pull more immigrants into its ranks with a new“fast-track” to full legal status. The aim is to draw…

Topics: Immigration, Schools & Youth

Children of the foreclosure crisis

by Michelle Chen on February 9 2009, 6:41PM

Will the wave of foreclosures now engulfing the country create a new homelessness crisis? The youngest victims are emerging: the children whose families and educational futures are suddenly uprooted as the housing market spirals into free-fall. Though comprehensive school enrollment…

Topics: Economy, Schools & Youth

Assessing Racial Equity Impacts in the Stimulus - Part II (Education)

by Dom Apollon on February 5 2009, 4:29PM

The figure above shows that if the House stimulus package passes, the District of Columbia, which is 2/3 people of color, is likely to receive a good chunk of change for school modernization in comparison to the rest of…

Topics: Schools & Youth

Silenced in the Classroom

by on January 6 2009, 12:00PM

It was to have been the country’s first public school teaching Arabic and English. Today, the Khalil Gibran International Academy is mired in fear and tension.

Topics: Schools & Youth

Obama advisor John Jackson endorses the Compact for Racial Justice

by Tammy Johnson on December 18 2008, 2:21PM

In times of uncertainty it is good to have like-minded friends in high places. ARC ally, Dr. John H. Jackson, President and CEO of The Schott Foundation for Public Education, is definitely one to count on. Jackson was recently…

Topics: Schools & Youth

Obama’s Education Decision. A Bit of Back Story

by on December 15 2008, 8:24AM

Obama has yet to appoint an education secretary and those rising to the top of the list present starkly different visions of what education should look like. The inclusion of Linda Darling-Hammond, a Stanford professor and education expert with…

Topics: Schools & Youth

Silenced in the Classroom

by on December 3 2008, 12:00PM

It was to have been the country’s first public school teaching Arabic and English. Today, the Khalil Gibran International Academy is mired in fear and tension.

Topics: Schools & Youth

About That Ad You Clicked On…

by Kerri Kanelos on November 1 2008, 12:00PM

For-profit colleges target people of color with misleading advertising about certificate programs that don’t deliver.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Schools & Youth

¡Escuche La Raya hoy!

by Jonathan Adams on September 30 2008, 3:40PM

La Raya, radio noticias Colorlines 30 Septiembre, 2008 Lanzan camapaña publicitarian pro legalizacion. Escuche….

Topics: Schools & Youth

So Much for States’ Rights

by Guest Columnist on September 16 2008, 7:40PM

by Jarad Sanchez NWFCO For years, California has allowed undocumented students who have met stringent requirements to pay in-state tuition at all state colleges and universities. This week a California State Court of Appeal ruled this week that the law…

Topics: Schools & Youth

Where Are We Fighting for Racial Justice?

by Sonia Pena on September 10 2008, 1:10PM

by Sonia Peña While most of us have been focused on this years historical presidential election, it’s important for those of us interested in Racial Justice to turn some attention to key local and statewide fights that are a vital…

Topics: Schools & Youth

Who Gets to Attend College?

by Tram Nguyen on September 4 2008, 12:00PM

Blacks and Latinos are locked out, but prep classes may counter the racism of low expectations.

Topics: Schools & Youth

Chicago Black Leaders Call for School Boycott Draws Fire

by Terry Keleher on August 14 2008, 7:42AM

New battle lines are being drawn as African Americans grow increasingly impatient with funding inequities in Illinois schools. Fifty ministers, lead by Sen. James Meeks who pastors one of the largest churches in the state, have called for a boycott…

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