Friday, June 24th, 2016

SCOTUS Upholds Use of Race in Texas College Admissions

*The supreme court ruling on affirmative action was  a surprise. Diversity is still a goal in higher education, and race (Latino race?) is still a factor in achieving that goal. VL By Mark Richardson, Public News Service (1.5 minute read)  AUSTIN, Texas – The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on Thursday that the University of Texas

Thursday, June 23rd, 2016

Pueblo County commissioners recognize 1st pot scholarship recipients

*I love this story. The tax on marijuana in Pueblo, Colorado, goes to 25 scholarships for Latino students. Light it up for education! VL By Anthony A. Mestas, The Pueblo Chieftain (3 minute read) Janet Calzadillas Chavez received...

Thursday, June 23rd, 2016

U.S. Supreme Court Upholds UT-Austin’s Affirmative Action System

*There was a good news and not so good news today from the U.S. Supreme Court. This was the good news, and this is a good explanation of what happened. VL By Matthew Watkins, Texas Tribune (5 minute read)...

Friday, June 17th, 2016

Public education fails too many Hispanic students

*Now that school’s out for summer and all that, there’s a wide gap between what Latino parents want for their children and what’s actually happening. Ninety percent of Latino parents want their kids to go to college, 42...

Friday, June 17th, 2016

Mexican-American Studies Summit Takes on ‘Racist’ Textbook

*It was only text submitted for approval for Texas Mexican-American studies, written by a one-time leader of the Texas conservative education movement.  Mexican-American leaders in Texas call it a racist book. VL By Patrick Michaels, Texas Observer (3...

Monday, June 6th, 2016

Latino students upset over McDowell prank; seniors won’t face disciplinary action

*The high school principal said “In viewing the actual photo and what took place, there’s not anything offensive in the photo.” The students were not disciplined. VL By Evan Donovan, WLOS (3.5 minute read) Some Latino students at McDowell...

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...

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

* 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....

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