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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

What the DOJ Can't Do on School Discipline Reform

What the DOJ Can’t Do on School Discipline Reform

by Julianne Hing on April 3 2013, 1:35PM

The Department of Justice could push the Meridian, Miss., school district to dismantle its school-to-prison pipeline. How will a history of racist violence

Topics: Schools & Youth

Watch Snoop Lion and His Daughter Sing About Gun Violence

Watch Snoop Lion and His Daughter Sing About Gun Violence

by Jorge Rivas on April 3 2013, 10:15AM

The song’s called “No Guns Allowed” and features footage from the scenes of school shootings at Sandy Hook and Columbine.

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

A Non-Grotesque Picture From the Hospital Room of Louisville's Kevin Ware

A Non-Grotesque Picture From the Hospital Room of Louisville’s Kevin Ware

by Jorge Rivas on April 1 2013, 5:10PM

After last night’s victory, Kevin Ware’s teammates went to visit him in the hospital, and they brought the regional championship trophy along with them.

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

March Madness: Native American Guard Shoni Schimmel Delivers 'One of the Biggest Upsets in History'

March Madness: Native American Guard Shoni Schimmel Delivers ‘One of the Biggest Upsets in History’

by Jorge Rivas on April 1 2013, 3:21PM

For weeks, ESPN has been asking only one question in women’s college basketball: Who’s going to stop Baylor University Brittney Griner?

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

Wu Tang Clan's GZA Teaching Science in NYC Schools

Wu Tang Clan’s GZA Teaching Science in NYC Schools

by Jorge Rivas on April 1 2013, 11:40AM

The goal: to use the students love of music to help them discover science “one rhyme at a time.”

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

Civil Rights Groups Issue School Security Plan—Without the Guns

by Julianne Hing on March 29 2013, 1:05PM

In the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre, calls for more police and armed guards abound. But to keep kids safe we need to look at the roots of violence and start there, say civil rights groups.

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

DOJ Files Landmark Agreement to Curb Meridian, Miss.’s School-to-Prison Pipeline

by Julianne Hing on March 22 2013, 2:17PM

“For Mississippi it’s really a glorious day.”

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

Chicago to Close 61 Public School Facilities to Address $1 Billion Deficit

Chicago to Close 61 Public School Facilities to Address $1 Billion Deficit

by Jorge Rivas on March 22 2013, 11:11AM

Student advocates say the schools closures will disproportionately affect students of color and endanger the lives of those who may have to cross gang boundaries to attend school.

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

If March Madness Were Based on Black Grad Rates, Who Would Win?

If March Madness Were Based on Black Grad Rates, Who Would Win?

by Jorge Rivas on March 20 2013, 2:39PM

White male basketball student-athletes on tournament teams graduate at the rate of 90 percent versus only 65 percent of black male basketball student-athletes.

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

A Two-Minute Video Explains Why Jail Is Not the Answer for Youth Crime

A Two-Minute Video Explains Why Jail Is Not the Answer for Youth Crime

by Julianne Hing on March 15 2013, 4:58PM

The youthful transgressions of yore are landing kids in jail today. It doesn’t have to be that way.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW, Schools & Youth

Do Cops Make Schools Safe? Students Answer [VIDEO] Play

Do Cops Make Schools Safe? Students Answer [VIDEO]

by Jorge Rivas, Julianne Hing on March 7 2013, 10:08AM

A crucial voice has been lost in the post-Sandy Hook debate over school safety: Students. So we asked some Los Angeles high schoolers to chime in.

Topics: Guns, School-to-Prison, Schools & Youth

New Study Finds a Dramatic Drop in Youth Incarceration Rates

New Study Finds a Dramatic Drop in Youth Incarceration Rates

by Julianne Hing on March 1 2013, 9:00AM

Thanks to falling youth crime rates and cash-strapped states (seriously), juveniles are less likely to land in prison. But when it comes to racial disparities, the devil remains in the details.

Topics: Criminal Justice, School-to-Prison, Schools & Youth

The Latest Online Education Craze Could Very Well Worsen the Achievement Gap

by Julianne Hing on February 22 2013, 5:15PM

New research suggests that these trendy education programs may well be exacerbating very old racial inequities in education.

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

Kid President Meets the Real President (Plus Some Outtakes)

Kid President Meets the Real President (Plus Some Outtakes)

by Jorge Rivas on February 22 2013, 1:01PM

Kid President was asked by the White House to make a video for their upcoming Easter Egg Roll!

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

Denver's Plugging Up Its School-to-Prison Pipeline

Denver’s Plugging Up Its School-to-Prison Pipeline

by Julianne Hing on February 21 2013, 10:12AM

In the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary massacre, elected officials, pundits and gun lobbyists have been calling for more police in schools. So why is Denver doing its own thing?

Topics: School-to-Prison, Schools & Youth

Why Do Black and Latino Youth Struggle in School? [Reader Forum]

Why Do Black and Latino Youth Struggle in School? [Reader Forum]

by Nia King on February 18 2013, 8:00AM

Colorlines readers suggest solutions to gun violence and overly punitive measures for school children.

Topics: Schools & Youth

Obama's Chicago Guns Speech and the Value of Black and Latino Lives

Obama’s Chicago Guns Speech and the Value of Black and Latino Lives

by Jamilah King on February 15 2013, 8:57AM

President Obama has answered Chicago’s call to come home and address the city’s epidemic of gun violence. But will he lay out a plan for substantive reform?

Topics: Schools & Youth