By Damarys Ocaña Perez | 10/19/2010 - 17:30 | 0 Comments
On Tuesday afternoon, President Obama signed an executive order renewing a major initiative to help combat the massive education gap that plagues the Latino community. For Obama, who has been criticized for not paying enough attention to Hispanic high-school and college drop-out rates, it couldn’t come at a better time. Democrats are facing tough mid-term...
By Mariela Rosario | 10/19/2010 - 13:15 | 0 Comments
President Obama will sign an Executive Order into law today at 1:50PM that will renew the administration's commitment to education for Latinos. The signing of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics follows a week-long National Education Summit and Call to Action hosted by the U.S. Department of Education which...
By Mariela Rosario | 10/04/2010 - 10:30 | 0 Comments
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan recently announced 99 new grants totaling $60.1 million awarded to colleges that enroll a high percentage of Latino students. "We can meet President Obama's goal of having the highest college graduation rate in the world by 2020 only if we dramatically boost college completion rates among students of all races,...
By Galina Espinoza | 10/01/2010 - 10:04 | 2 Comments
All I kept thinking this week every time I heard the phrase “Education Nation” bandied about was: What nation are they talking about?
The nation I live in has 50 million Hispanics, compromising 17% of the U.S. population—second in size only to the number of white Americans.
And yet when President Barack Obama sat down with the Today show’s...
By Mariela Rosario | 08/25/2010 - 12:15 | 14 Comments
Tom Horne is on a mission. The wanna-be politician, in the running to become Arizona's next attorney general, is determined to keep kids who can't prove they are American citizens from attending school.
Horne—currently school chief in Arizona—has set his sights on Ajo, a town with a population of about 4,300 located just 40 short miles from the...
By Mariela Rosario | 08/09/2010 - 10:15 | 0 Comments
A bunch of Latino stars have teamed up with the creators of Dora the Explorer to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the iconic cartoon character. Dora's impact on Hispanic children has been undeniable and many parents credit the little explorer with helping them ensure that their kids are bilingual.
Salma Hayek recently...
By Verky Arcos | 06/09/2010 - 09:00 | 6 Comments
Justice Sonia Sotomayor was moved to tears last Friday when Bronxdale Houses, a group of 28 seven-story buildings that make up the public housing project where she grew up, was renamed Justice Sonia Sotomayor Houses and Community Center. During the ceremony to commemorate the renaming, Judge Sotomayor reminisced on her memories...
By Mariela Rosario | 03/16/2010 - 15:30 | 16 Comments
Last Friday, the Texas Board of Education—stacked with socially conservative Republicans by Governor Rick Perry—approved a new social studies curriculum that would essentially rewrite history in favor of a right-leaning political agenda.
After the vote, Mavis B. Knight, a Democrat from Dallas told the...
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