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 of two dissenting voices in a case about affirmative action in Michigan. The new Sotomayor adage is “The way

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,...

Tuesday, March 29th, 2016

How an Attempt to Boost Diversity at Texas Colleges Could Kill Affirmative Action

*Excellent story about the affirmative action lawsuit now before the U.S. Supreme Court. The case was heard in December and a ruling is expected by June. This is an outlier of sorts, given the death of Justice...

Friday, March 18th, 2016

What Arne Duncan misunderstands about disconnected young men of color

*Education Secretary Arne Duncan was in Chicago recently, explaining his idea for a program to help disconnected young men of color. That’s good, says Chicago public school teacher Ray Salazar, but in order to help you need...

Wednesday, March 16th, 2016

High School Seniors, remember this as you plan the rest of your life

SPONSORED CONTENT There are two dates that Latino high school seniors should mark on their calendars. One is the entire month on March, because that’s when most colleges and universities send their final acceptance letters for the...

Tuesday, March 15th, 2016

How this son of migrant farm workers became an astronaut

*I don’t like to bandy the “must read” tag to get folks to read something.  In this case, though, I read the article and felt good after. So I’ll say it’s a must read for a reason –...

Monday, March 7th, 2016

Book club helps immigrant mothers find joy in reading and support their kids’ education

*What I like about this story is the narrative-changing, uplifting, feel good side. It flies in the face of everything mainstream America believes about Latinos and Latino immigrants. This is the best of who we are, and...

Friday, March 4th, 2016

This Colorado town will use weed scholarships to put Latino students through college

*It’s all for the kids, right? VL By Rafa Fernandez De Castro, Fusion (1.7 minute read) Colorado is sparking one up for higher education. Next year the city of Pueblo will earmark an estimated $700,000 in newly generated marijuana...

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016

How low-income students at elite colleges create their own obstacles

*Ray Salazar makes a case about the struggles of Latino students in Ivy League and other prestigious universities. Most, he says, are of their own making. I’m interested in what you think. VL By Ray Salazar, The...

Thursday, February 25th, 2016

When Is Community College A Good Option for Latino Students?

*This was reported and written by NewsTaco’s good friend Patricia Guadalupe. There is a load of good information here. Community colleges are great for Latinos, but (there’s always a but) there are some caveats: make sure the...

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