Blog: Latino Ed Beat

News Roundup: Bilingual Ed. Town Hall; Separate and Unequal Sports?

School finance. A bilingual ed townhall meeting. Christian-oriented universities recruiting Hispanic students. Here’s a wrap-up of education stories published the week of July 3-9 involving or affecting Latino students.

Helping Latinos in Idaho prepare for college: The University of Idaho has launched a new project to help Latino students in southern Idaho prepare for college. The university’s Latino Pre-College Outreach Project will work with 40 middle school students in Jerome, Idaho, providing mentoring and tutoring, family support and information about higher education. 

Kansas court battle over school funding with equity implications: Lawyers for the state and school districts suing Kansas last week filed briefs in a seven-year legal battle over school finance. At issue is whether lawmakers have allocated enough funding for public schools. The Kansas Supreme Court takes up Gannon vs. Kansas on July 18. In a March ruling, justices wrote on the disproportionate impact on Hispanic and African-American students. 

Digital town hall in Chicago on bilingual ed: Spanish-language media Univision Chicago teamed up with The Chicago Reporter and the non-profit Latino Policy Forum to examine programs for English Language Learners. 

Christian universities want Hispanics: Girien Salazar, the deputy director of the Faith and Education Coalition of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, writes in Christianity Today that many Christian universities, including Dallas Baptist University where Salazar is studying for his doctorate, are partnering with Hispanic organizations to provide scholarships specifically for Hispanic students. 

Lesson in sports segregation: The New York Post writes that the heart of a federal lawsuit is centered around students in four schools who share one building but have separate sports teams — with more resources going to kids from an exclusive school than to three others with mostly black and Latino students. 

Marilyn Garateix, a freelance journalist, has been an education editor at The Boston Globe and The Tampa Bay Times. You can email her at mgarateix@gmail.com.