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Friday, May 27th, 2016

This is the Nahuatl Word That Had a Spelling Bee Champ Tripping

*I think I may have been able to spell it, under pressure. Not when I was 13 years old though. VL By Yra Simón, Remezcla At the 2016 Scripps National Spelling Bee – where kid geniuses show off their impressive knowledge of words – Nihar Saireddy Janga and Jairam Jagadeesh Hathwar clinched the title and

Wednesday, May 25th, 2016

‘Get off the stage!’ Crowd yells at commencement speaker after she uses Spanish, mentions Trump

*Where do you fall on this, if any place at all? She spoke a few words about holding Donald Trump accountable, she spoke a few words in Spanish, and she spoke at length about the work of...

Monday, May 23rd, 2016

Border higher ed gains began with a lawsuit

*There’s nothing glamourous about this, no clever social media tag to make it stick. This is about the work to bring higher education to the Texas-Mexico, where the Latino population hovers around 90 percent. for that alone...

Wednesday, May 18th, 2016

The Inspiring Boyle Heights Teen Who Became an Award-Winning Roboticist Against the Odds

*I love stories of hope and ganas like this! Go Cynthia! VL By Yara Simón, Remezcla In 2015, Cynthia Erenas became one of the .002 percent of the population who landed on Dean Kamen’s prestigious dean’s list. Out...

Monday, May 16th, 2016

On Texas school funding: Only one option for Latinos, get involved

*Now that the initial shock has passed over the Texas Supreme Court’s decision on public school funding, it’s time for action. Al Kauffman tells us that constitutional does not mean adequate – the word is not final,...

Friday, May 13th, 2016

Texas Supreme Court Upholds School Funding System

*This.is.huge. The battle to remedy the inequitable system that funds Texas public schools is decades old. Since 1980 advocates for equitable funding have sued the state of Texas seven times, and they’ve been waiting anxiously for the...

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

How decades-old discrimination against Latino kids continues today – and what you can do about it

“. . . in at least 35 districts in 14 states, hundreds of unaccompanied minors from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras have been discouraged from enrolling in schools or pressured into what advocates and attorneys argue are...

Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

People Keep Saying Higher Education Will Solve Socio-Ecponomic Inequality—It Won’t

*Latinos have bought-in to the idea that a college education is the cure-all goal that opens the door to the American dream. Aaron Sanchez says it isn’t. It’s not equalizing society and it’s not leveling the economy....

Monday, April 25th, 2016

Sotomayor accuses colleagues of trying to ‘wish away’ racial inequality

*Justice Sonia Sotomayor went to the mat to counter Justice Roberts’ well known adage that “the way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to stop discriminating on the basis of race.” Sotomayor was one...

Monday, April 11th, 2016

Black and Latino parents want better teachers and harder classes for their kids

*More proof that, contrary to the myth believed by many non-Latinos, the Latino culture emphasizes education. Another truth told in this story is that Latino parents believe white kids get a better education. Funding schemes, expectations and...

Monday, April 11th, 2016

Why Talented Latino and Black Students Can Go Undiscovered

*The difference? In the past teachers and parents referred students to “gifted” programs. A new way is to screen all second graders and refer students based on the screening. VL By Susan Dynarski, The New York Times...

Friday, April 8th, 2016

96-Year-Old WWII Vet Alfonso Gonzales Is On Track To Become USC’s Oldest Grad

*He transferred to USC in 1947 and was one class short of graduating. He’s back this semester, 96 years old, to complete that one class where he’ll write his life’s story. Talk about Si Se Puede . ....

Friday, April 1st, 2016

We Are Writers, Too

*Powerful. We can’t wait for anyone to grant us a space in any area: art, politics, education, science, journalism, business . . .  we have to carve it out for ourselves – unapologetic, confident. VL By Sarah...

Thursday, March 31st, 2016

Important information for first generation college Latinos

SPONSORED CONTENT According to the U.S. Census there are 20.2 million students attending U.S. colleges and universities. Eight-point-seven of them are male. Seven million attend 2-year colleges and 13.2 million attend 4-year universities. Here’s another interesting statistic,...

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