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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

Mapping the Backlash Against High-Stakes Testing [Infographic] Infographic

Mapping the Backlash Against High-Stakes Testing [Infographic]

by Julianne Hing on April 19 2013, 6:00AM

Public school parents, educators and now even lawmakers around the country are fed up with standardized testing that can determine whether kids graduate, teachers lose their jobs, and schools remain open. Here’s a visual survey of major actions.

Topics: Schools & Youth

Los Angeles School Board OK's Landmark Parent Trigger Proposal

Los Angeles School Board OK’s Landmark Parent Trigger Proposal

by Julianne Hing on April 17 2013, 8:21AM

The controversial school reform tactic just picked up a big win in Los Angeles.

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

Is California's 'Parent Trigger' Schools Movement Finally Growing Up?

Is California’s ‘Parent Trigger’ Schools Movement Finally Growing Up?

by Julianne Hing on April 15 2013, 6:00AM

With powerful outside help, parents are dramatically restructuring Los Angeles’ predominantly Latino 24th Street Elementary School. Will the school give the controversial ‘parent trigger’ technique the makeover it needs?

Topics: Schools & Youth

Leaked Memo Shows Michelle Rhee Knew About Possible Teacher Cheating in D.C. Schools

Leaked Memo Shows Michelle Rhee Knew About Possible Teacher Cheating in D.C. Schools

by Julianne Hing on April 12 2013, 2:52PM

The polarizing school reform leader has been less than forthright about possible teacher cheating under her watch.

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

8-year-old Follows Tenn. Lawmaker Until He Drops Bill Linking Welfare to School Grades

8-year-old Follows Tenn. Lawmaker Until He Drops Bill Linking Welfare to School Grades

by Jorge Rivas on April 12 2013, 12:53PM

An 8-year-old girl confronted Tennessee Sen. Stacey Campfield, in the hallways of the state legislature to tell him she’s worried about Tennessee children.

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth