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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Education is a Crime

by Guest Columnist on July 8 2008, 3:53PM

by Jarad Sanchez Graduation day is supposed to be a time of celebration. Wearing the cap and gown is a rite of passage that lets the world know that after years of personal sacrifice, you have survived the mental emotional…

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Perpetuating the Model Minority Myth

by Jonathan Adams on July 8 2008, 3:15PM

The Washington Post reports that the number of Asian students in D.C.’s most prestigious public magnet school has for the first time topped that of white students. At Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in the Alexandria…

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For The Students Who Aren’t Supposed to Graduate

by Guest Columnist on June 10 2008, 9:53AM

by Aries Hines As I stand honored by the opportunity to graduate and deliver the (graduate studies) Commencement speech for my class, I am shrouded by thoughts of not graduating. I think about the thousands of students each year who…

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Young, Gifted and Bringing the Fire!

by Tammy Johnson on May 16 2008, 12:00PM

“We brought the fire!” quipped Kenneth Baker, a surprisingly bright-eyed high schooler from the LBC (that’s Long Beach California for those of you not in the know). I had to marvel at Kenneth’s enthusiasm for the legislative visits that…

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Students vs. Schwarzenegger

by Guest Columnist on May 16 2008, 11:29AM

by Jarad Sanchez Yesterday, high school students from across California swarmed the State Capitol building and delivered some 10,000 signatures to the Governor demanding that he fully fund education. Only about fifty percent of Black and Latino students in California…

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Now Teachers are the New Immigration Agents?

by Jonathan Adams on May 14 2008, 5:19PM

H/T ImmigrationProf After scaring parents and students, alike, in Oakland after word spread of raids on schools, Mary Ann Zehr of Education Week looks at the recent Postville, Iowa raids and asks about the role that educators should play in…

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Welcome, Homeland Security High Class of 2014!

by Victor Corral on May 7 2008, 1:24PM

That’s the sign that a group of freshmen will see when they walk through the doors of the Delaware Academy for Public Safety and Security in Wilmington, Delaware on a fall day in 2010. As the brainchild of several…

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NPR: Chela Delgado Reconsiders Standardized Tests

by Jonathan Adams on May 5 2008, 12:42PM

Chela Delgado, ColorLines contributor, reports on her experience as a teacher in a Philadelphia charter school. She once hated standardized tests and didn’t want to make her students take them, but then she started listening to some of the children’s…

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My High School Sex Life

by Kai Wright on May 1 2008, 12:00PM

One teenager talks about getting it on, turning it off and charting her own course through a sexual coming-of-age.

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MVL: The “Un-Impossible Dream” of Education Equity

by Jonathan Adams on April 17 2008, 11:22AM

Originally published at the Movement Vision Lab By Susan Sandler, Justice Matters Mainstream conversations about education lack any real sense of vision for what education could and should be. We are allowed a tiny, cramped vision in the economic sphere…

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From Myths to Facts: Race and Education

by Tammy Johnson on March 28 2008, 11:44AM

“The myth: The president can make our schools better. It’s a myth that most citizens seem to believe. So do some candidates.” says Chester E. Finn Jr. and Michael J. Petrilli of the Weekly Standard, in their article, “The Education…

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Ward Connerly’s Agenda for ’08

by ColorLines Staff on February 19 2008, 12:00PM

ColorLines and Ms. Magazine go behind the scenes.

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From Missouri to Arizona

by Mick Dumke on November 4 2007, 12:00PM

Connerly targets the ballot box in five more states.

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Debbie Almontaser stands against division, intimidation and hatred

by on October 16 2007, 5:56PM

At 5pm on Tuesday Debbie Almontaser appeared on the New York City Hall steps with grace and courage as she responded publicly for the first time since she was victim to a torrent of anti-Arab/Muslim racism. Almontaser, who was the…

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Back to School And the Racist Parties

by Daisy Hernandez on October 10 2007, 9:36AM

Remember when “back to school” was just about the sales at the mall and how you were going to handle so many credits and work full-time? Those days are so over. I was at UTAustin last week where a fraternity…

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Testing My Worth

by Aries Hines-Coleman on October 3 2007, 12:00PM

A Black college student finds out why she keeps failing math.

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The Rise of the Ghetto-Fabulous Party

by C. Richard. King, David J. Leonard on October 3 2007, 12:00PM

Across campuses, white students are donning blackface, drinking 40s and playing at being undocumented immigrants. Just another stupid racist joke—or is it the culmination of two decades of conservative politics at colleges?

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New Stamp Commemorates School Desegregation

by Jonathan Adams on September 18 2007, 11:19AM

Thanks to tkeleher. The U.S. Postal Service has just released a new stamp commemorating the 60th anniversary of the 1946 court decision, Mendez v. Westminster School District, which helped pave the way for school desegregation in the United States….

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Arabic Language School Struggles to Open

by Rinku Sen on September 5 2007, 11:19AM

Yesterday, the Kahlil Gibran International Academy, a middle school centered on Arabic language instruction opened peacefully with 60 sixth graders enrolled. The school follows in a long tradition of dual language schools in New York City, but has become…

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