By Damarys Ocaña Perez | 04/21/2011 - 15:30
Immigrant children are the country’s fastest-growing group but their future and their ability to assimilate is in jeopardy unless something is done to improve their educational achievement, according to a new policy brief released by the Brookings Institute.
In its report, the independent think tank specifically calls the educational lag of Latino kids—who make up a quarter of school-age children in the U.S. and 5 million of whom have at least one undocumented parent—one of the biggest domestic problems facing the country.
By Erika Ramirez | 03/29/2011 - 22:03
Something that resonated loud and clear to us from President Obama’s appearance on last night’s Univision town hall broadcast on Latino education was that if we don’t improve education, specifically for Latinos, then “we won’t succeed as a nation.”
By Damarys Ocaña Perez | 03/29/2011 - 09:30
Get involved. That was President Obama’s message to parents in his first town hall on Latino education Monday. During the town hall, held at Bell Multicultural High School in Washington DC, he also stressed the importance of investing in early education programs, improving teacher quality and passing the DREAM Act allowing children of undocumented parents to stay in the country if they enroll in college or military service.
“No matter where you’re from, you’re the single biggest factor in your child’s success,” he said.
By Mariela Rosario | 01/26/2011 - 12:34
At Tucson High Magnet School, almost all of teacher Curtis Acosta's students are Mexican-American. But Tom Horne, Arizona's newly elected attorney general (and former superintendent) says Acosta's Latino Literature class is "propagandizing and brainwashing." So, Horne declared the program in violation of a new state law that went into effect on January 1 that outlaws ethnic studies classes in the state of Arizona.
By Damarys Ocaña Perez | 01/03/2011 - 17:00
A new Arizona law banning ethnic studies courses in public schools went into effect on January 1st and it’s already wreaking havoc. The Tucson Unified School District currently stands to lose $15 million in funding for refusing to shut down its controversial classes.
By Mariela Rosario | 12/20/2010 - 17:00
Though the DREAM Act failed to pass a senate vote this past weekend, many young activists and immigrant supporters are refusing to give up hope. Now, recent high school graduates and college students plan to take the fight to a state by state level and are gearing up for the 2012 elections.
"All of us are definitely preparing for much more defensive work," Marielena Hincapie, executive director of the National Immigration Law Center told the Associated Press.
By Damarys Ocaña Perez | 12/09/2010 - 14:00
After Democrats shepherded the DREAM Act through a narrow win in the House yesterday (216-198), Democratic Senate Majority leader Harry Reid called for a vote to table the Senate version of the bill this morning. The intention? To take up the successful House version of the bill instead and try to get the 60 votes needed to get it through the Senate before the lame-duck session is over this month.
By Mariela Rosario | 12/06/2010 - 11:47
Independent immigration-rights groups, Democratic congressional leadership, the President of the United States and even some conservative leaders all support the DREAM Act. So why is it's passage causing so much controversy? Mainly because it's being used as political fodder by Republican legislators and anti-immigrant groups who are claiming the bill provides amnesty, not equal opportunity, for undocumented young people who were brought here to the U.S. without knowledge of their immigration status.
By Mariela Rosario | 11/18/2010 - 10:11
Sylvia Mendez learned about discrimination at a very young age. When she was just eight years old, her parents attempted to enroll her in a local all-White school, but were refused and told to take their daughter to the all-Mexican school in their California community. Her parents refused, especially when they witnessed the abundance of resources at the all-White school.
By Mariela Rosario | 11/17/2010 - 09:15
A disturbing new study was recently released that shows that Latino children are less than half as likely than their White and African-American counterparts to be enrolled in preschool.
This is a very disturbing trend. Only around 35% of 4-year old Latino children had attended at least some kind of preschool. Preschool and early education are some of the greatest determining factors for later educational success, so the fact that almost two-thirds of Latino children are not receiving this step-up is disheartening.