Thursday, October 27th, 2016

California Voters Support Bi-lingual Ed, But Schools Not Prepared

*They voted to do away with bilingual education in 1998, now they want it back. VL By Jeremy Adam Smith, New America Media (6.5 minute read) SAN FRANCISCO — In 1998, California Proposition 227 tore the state apart. The English-only reform aimed to discourage schools from teaching immigrant students in their home languages. The measure passed by

Tuesday, October 25th, 2016

Many Hispanic students never have a teacher who looks like them—and that’s a big problem

*Most Latino students are urban students and “teachers who share a linguistic and cultural background with their students have a unique role to play in urban schools.” VL By Timothy Pratt, Fusion (9 minute read)  NASHVILLE— Alondra Piña...

Thursday, October 20th, 2016

Justice Sonia Sotomayor says she thought about hitting Antonin Scalia with baseball bat

*Justice Sotomayor: “If we’ve lost anything, it’s remembering that differences don’t stand, necessarily, on ill will. If you keep that in mind, you can resolve almost any issue, because you can find that common ground to interact with...

Tuesday, October 18th, 2016

Hispanic High School Graduation Rates at All-Time High

*This is great news! The question now is are Latino high school graduate moving o to college, and are they graduating with degrees? VL By Greg Braxton, NBC News (2 minute read) Latinos are receiving high school diplomas more...

Monday, October 17th, 2016

Why Teachers Cannot Remain Neutral About the Presidential Election

*Presidential politics in the high school classroom: Saying Trump’s comments are unacceptable is not political indoctrination. It’s teaching. VL By Ray Salazar, The White Rhino (4 minute read)  The Chicago Public Schools Code of Ethics prohibits teachers from...

Friday, October 14th, 2016

Closed Doors: Black and Latino Students Are Excluded from Top Public Universities

  By Elizabeth Baylor, Center for American Progress (12.5 minute read) In the fall of 2014, 297,000 African American and Latino students enrolled in America’s top public research universities. While access to such elite educations will likely put...

Thursday, October 13th, 2016

The forgotten history of how Latinos earned the right to vote

*The battles for equal educational rights for Latinos go back many, many generations. And many of those historic battles started in Texas. This is a good read for perspective, context, truth. VL By Caitlin Cruz, Fusion (8.5 minute...

Thursday, October 13th, 2016

An Ivy League professor on why colleges don’t hire more faculty of color: ‘We don’t want them’

*She’s blunt, but she makes a good point. I like how she uncovers the use of  “quality” to discriminate. VL By Marybeth Gasman, Washington Post (5.5 minute read) While giving a talk about Minority Serving Institutions at a...

Thursday, October 13th, 2016

6 Ways Latino Advocacy Has Shaped Our Education Policies

*This is very good. My recommendation for your lunch break read. It’s an 11.5 minute investment. VL By Raul A. Reyes, NBC News (11.5 minute read) Did you know that the nation’s first successful school desegregation case centered...

Tuesday, October 4th, 2016

The silliness that is Hispanic Heritage Month cannot end soon enough

*I agree, alot. VL By Esther Cepeda, Washington Post Writers Group (4 minute read) Thank goodness Hispanic Heritage Month is almost over. I’m not a fan, because who wants to be paid lip service for 30 days?...

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

Why Young Latino Voters Are More Important Than Ever

*Watch this. Share it. VL By Tanisha Love Ramirez, Huffington Post Latino Voices (2 minute read) A new PSA from Voto Latino is urging Latino voters to help deliver the vote this November. The PSA, titled “Ganas” (Spanish...

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

Latino Millennial footprint of the 2016 elections

*More elusive than the Millennial vote is the Latino millennial vote. Forty-two percent are expected to go to the polls in November and no one can say for certain why. VL By Michelle Adams, Hispanic Outlook in Higher...

Friday, September 16th, 2016

California Passes Game-Changing Ethnic Studies Bill

*It’s being called “the biggest piece of ethnic studies legislation passed in this country’s history.” VL By Roque Planas, Huffington Post California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed a landmark bill Tuesday ordering the creation of a model...

Friday, September 16th, 2016

Civil rights groups ask the Department of Education to track education loans for students of color

By Victor Landa, NewsTaco Apparently the federal government doesn’t for ask the race or ethnicity of student borrowers, so there’s no way to track how students of color are affected by student debt. The Washington Post reports...

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