Friday, January 22nd, 2016

If you’re a teacher, say “please” and “thank you”

*Ray Salazar tells us there’s a new no-nonsense trend in education. It requires teachers to be direct and to focus on instruction – “don’t say please and thankyou.” Ray takes exception to that and tells us how his years of experience in the classroom have tought him that basic respect is essential. VL By Ray

Monday, September 21st, 2015

What student’s suspension over clock reveals about teachers and students

*There are many opinions as to how the Irving, Texas student clock incident could have been handled differently. Chicago teacher Ray Salazar tells us that good teachers get to know their students and a good teacher could...

Friday, June 12th, 2015

Make a Difference in a Young Man’s Life: Remind Him to Register with Selective Service

– SPONSORED CONTENT – PRESS RELEASE Important opportunities such as college loans, driver’s license tied to registration Even though many adult men may not realize it, the simple act of registering with Selective Service probably helped shape...

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

Latino Influence & the Politics of Immigration in the 2014 U.S. Senate Elections

*Good piece, as always, from Latino Decisions. It’s a good read if you’re into political minutiae – x’s and o’s. Cutting to the chase, Damore says Latinos didn’t have a significant impact on the 2014 midterm election...

Friday, January 30th, 2015

Boxer Enriquez, the Mexican Mafia, LAPD – What’s the problem?

*Although nefarious, the Mexican Mafia is one of So Cal’s important institutions. Sam Quiñones tell us we need to know how it works. VL By Sam Quiñones, A Reporter’s Blog There’s been a dust-up recently over a...

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

Why education reporting is REALLY so boring

*This is good. I agree that education reporting could use a kick-start. But reporting thrives on conflict, and positive stories don’t get the same reader attention as problems, crime and general mayhem. I do notice, thought, that...

Friday, January 9th, 2015

The House on Mango Street Goes to Trial: #MayaVsAZ

*This is important. The legal battle against the Arizona law used to prohibit Mexican-American studies in Tucson will come to a head on January 12, at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, in San Francisco. VL By...

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

Stop assigning schools by students’ addresses

By Ray Salazar, NewsTaco This fall will be the first in which white students are no longer the majority population in U.S. public schools. Although this demographic shift had been anticipated for some time, the question remains...

Friday, August 15th, 2014

DACA Day: Eligible Undocumented Youth Stay for College and Work

*Good information for any DACA eligible students you may know. DREAMer Day! VL By John Michaelson, Public News Service AUSTIN, Texas – The tens of thousands of young people without documentation across Texas who are eligible for Deferred...

Friday, July 18th, 2014

‘Lemon Grove Incident’ Remembered 80 Years Later

*This post is several years old. I stumbled on it and realized how few U.S. Latinos have heard of this, and how that should change. There are young U.S. Latinos and recent immigrants who have no idea...

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

Texas State Board of Education Sabotages Ethnic Studies Textbooks.

PRESS RELEASE Mexican Americans Stand Up Against Institutionalized Racism. Houston, TX (July 17, 2014)-It took The Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) only 3 months to turn proclamation 2016 into 2017 and take Texas back to 1917....

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

‘A Most Imperfect Union,’ a retelling of U.S. history by Ilan Stavans and Lalo Alcaraz

*Brilliant! Toss out the pale-male history texts, here’s a truer narrative from a “red, non-white and blue perspective.” This is what Stavans wrote about this work: “a single, controlling leitmotif: the idea of creative destruction.” Lalo and Ilan...

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

When a Chicago Public Schools teacher smells marijuana

By Ray Salazar, NewsTaco At tomorrow’s Chicago Public Schools Board meeting, Barbara Byrd-Bennett will present revisions to the Student Code of Conduct that, according a CPS press release, “recognize that the best way to support student learning...

Monday, May 5th, 2014

Studies highlight teacher-student ‘diversity gap’

*This matters. 48 percent of students in U.S. public schools are not white. Of the 3.3 million teachers in America’s public schools, only eighteen percent are racial, ethnic or cultural minorities. It matters for children to see...

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