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Supreme Court Issues Big Non-Decision on Affirmative Action

Supreme Court Issues Big Non-Decision on Affirmative Action

by Julianne Hing on June 24 2013, 11:06AM

In short, the long, ugly fight over affirmative action will continue.

Topics: Affirmative Action, /NOW, Schools & Youth

Dispatch From Academia: Equity in the Archives

Dispatch From Academia: Equity in the Archives

by Eve Dunbar on June 24 2013, 8:56AM

Affirmative action changed my life plan. I fear that won’t be true for young women like me tomorrow.

Topics: Affirmative Action, Dispatches, Schools & Youth

NYC Gave Hundreds of High School Graduates Post-It Notes Instead of Diplomas

by Jamilah King on June 23 2013, 9:58AM

Graduation season is almost over, but hundreds of newly minted high school graduates in New York City have yet to recieve their diplomas thanks to a computer system glitch. Turns out that the company tasked with grading the students’ Regents…

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

Watch Sesame Street Teach Kids About Incarceration

Watch Sesame Street Teach Kids About Incarceration

by Jamilah King on June 13 2013, 11:06AM

It’s never easy to talk about an incarcerated loved one in public, and it’s an especially difficult task for children.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW, Schools & Youth

Preying on Black Ambition

Preying on Black Ambition

by Kai Wright on June 12 2013, 9:02AM

From subprime mortgages to subprime credit cards and now subprime degrees, a small number of people continue to get rich off of black Americans’ aspirations.

Topics: Economy, Schools & Youth

Seven Surprising Facts About Asian-American and Middle Eastern Boys

Seven Surprising Facts About Asian-American and Middle Eastern Boys

by Julianne Hing on June 11 2013, 8:35AM

A new report from Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy takes a rare look at an often overlooked subgroup of young people.

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth, Youth and Race

Hundreds of Teens Behind Bars Report Sexual Assaults by Staffers

Hundreds of Teens Behind Bars Report Sexual Assaults by Staffers

by Jamilah King on June 6 2013, 12:06PM

Rape and sexual assault are frighteningly prevalent in the juvenile justice system.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW, Schools & Youth

Kid President's Got a Plan to Fix U.S. Education [VIDEO]

Kid President’s Got a Plan to Fix U.S. Education [VIDEO]

by Julianne Hing on June 5 2013, 5:08PM

Kid President and a cast of adorable kids address the opportunity agenda in a new video produced by SoulPancake for the Opportunity to Learn Campaign.

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

Graduation Rates at Historically Black Colleges Drop

by Jorge Rivas on May 31 2013, 2:34PM

Graduation rates at historically black HBCUs, which were already facing scrutiny under a national push to improve outcomes in higher education, have fallen over the last five years.

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

Good News in Mississippi: School-To-Prison Pipeline Closes

Good News in Mississippi: School-To-Prison Pipeline Closes

by Brentin Mock on May 31 2013, 1:50PM

Meridian schools can’t call the police on black students anymore for wearing the wrong colored socks.

Topics: /NOW, School-to-Prison, Schools & Youth

Minneapolis Teens Trade Hip-Hop Producing Training in Exchange for Homework

Minneapolis Teens Trade Hip-Hop Producing Training in Exchange for Homework

by Jorge Rivas on May 24 2013, 2:28PM

An after-school program set up by the North Community YMCA in Minneapolis gives young kids the opportunity to make rap music as a reward for keeping up with their schoolwork

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

Watch 9-Yr-Old Asean Johnson Fire Up Protesters to Fight School Closures

Watch 9-Yr-Old Asean Johnson Fire Up Protesters to Fight School Closures

by Julianne Hing on May 21 2013, 3:31PM

Nine-year-old Asean Johnson may need to stand up on a chair to be seen above the podium from which he speaks, but he holds in him a wisdom and fire well beyond his years. Watch him address the crowds that…

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

Even More of Your Favorite People Speaking Out Against Stop-and-Frisk

Even More of Your Favorite People Speaking Out Against Stop-and-Frisk

by Jorge Rivas on May 21 2013, 1:02PM

Baratunde Thurston, Jasiri X, Janet Mock, New York State Senator Kevin Parker team up to rap about NYPD’s stop and frisk.

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

Obamas to Black Grads: Good Job. Now Stop Being Such a Failure

Obamas to Black Grads: Good Job. Now Stop Being Such a Failure

by Kai Wright on May 21 2013, 8:48AM

Once again, the president uses his pulpit to browbeat black people for the failings he sees.

Topics: Economy, Kai Wright, Schools & Youth

May 17, 1954: Supreme Court Rules Racial Segregation in Schools Unconstitutional

by Jorge Rivas on May 17 2013, 5:11PM

On May 17, 1954, the United State Supreme Court decided a case that changed the course of American history.

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

Victory for Seattle Teachers' Testing Boycott: High School MAP Test Optional Next Year

Victory for Seattle Teachers’ Testing Boycott: High School MAP Test Optional Next Year

by Julianne Hing on May 15 2013, 2:22PM

The resistance in Seattle is but one pocket of the growing backlash against the misuse and overuse of standardized tests.

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

Parent Trigger Hits Again in Los Angeles’ Watts Public School

by Julianne Hing on May 14 2013, 6:30AM

The controversial school reform tactic is picking up steam as it moves through Southern California.

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

Anti-Violence Blogger Among 19 Shot on Mother's Day in New Orleans

Anti-Violence Blogger Among 19 Shot on Mother’s Day in New Orleans

by Brentin Mock on May 13 2013, 1:54PM

Journalist and documentarian Deborah “Big Red” Cotton was one of the 19 people wounded in the tragic shooting during a “second line” Mother’s Day parade yesterday. In total, ten men, seven women and two 10-year-old children were injured. Cotton had…

Topics: National Security, /NOW, Schools & Youth

La. Supreme Court: School Voucher Program Funding Is Unconstitutional

La. Supreme Court: School Voucher Program Funding Is Unconstitutional

by Julianne Hing on May 7 2013, 1:22PM

It’s a serious setback for Gov. Bobby Jindal, and his ambitious corporate-driven school reform agenda.

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

Over 100 Chicago Students Boycott Standardized Test to Protest School Closures

Over 100 Chicago Students Boycott Standardized Test to Protest School Closures

by Julianne Hing on April 25 2013, 1:18PM

Chicago students join parents, lawmakers and educators around the country fed up with punitive testing regimes.

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth