Schools & Youth

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…

Topics: Immigration, Schools & Youth

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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The impoverished mind

by Michelle Chen on April 6 2009, 1:29PM

The so-called academic achievement gap is a stark measure of the country’s deep racial and class divisions. Various theories have emerged—about institutionalized racism, educational inequality, family “culture,” and psychological stressors—to explain why some children thrive and others seem to…

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Oakland’s Young People Respond [VIDEO]

by Guest Columnist on April 2 2009, 10:58AM

by Nick James, Charles McDonald This past November Oakland voters approved a measure that would increase funding to after school programs and services, overwhelmingly supporting youth of color. Unfortunately, after the election some members of the council passed a…

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What Tuesday’s Robbery of Oakland Tech Students Says About the City [Op-Ed]

by Guest Columnist on March 31 2009, 5:58AM

Does Anybody Care? What Tuesday’s Robbery of Oakland Tech Students Says About the City by Nick James & Charles McDonald Editor’s Note: The events discussed below took place on Tuesday, March 24th, 2009. Imagine being an Oakland youth traveling miles…

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Higher learning headed downward

by Michelle Chen on March 30 2009, 9:12PM

The fiscal crisis besieging state budgets is stretching America’s bootstrap mentality to a breaking point. Most states have slashed funds for higher education, including the community colleges and public universities that provide a critical avenue for low-income youth of…

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New Money but Old Formulas Mean Schools Get Unequal Funds

by Yvonne Yen Liu on March 27 2009, 6:00AM

Within weeks, monies from the approved stimulus bill will trickle down to schools nation-wide. For some states, the funds are a lifesaver, staving off mass layoffs of teachers in Alabama, and providing a needed infusion of cash for schools who…

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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…

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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…

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