Blog: Latino Ed Beat
One of the distinctions most coveted by urban school superintendents is the Broad Prize for Urban Education. Awarded annually, it recognizes districts making progress with disadvantaged and minority students.
The New York City public school system is a “rotting apple” that is failing Latino and black students, says a new report by the Massachusetts-based Schott Foundation for Public Education. These strong words come as Mayor Michael Bloomberg has tried to make education a priority.
New York University education professor Pedro Noguera wrote the study’s foreword and said the disparities are “tantamount to apartheid-like separations.”
A new report by the UCLA Civil Rights Project on the high suspension rates of students in California is generating buzz among legislators and educators alike. The study estimated that more than 400,000 students were removed from class at least once in the 2009-10 school year–”enough to fill every seat in all the professional baseball and football stadiums in the state.”
Latino students continue to struggle with lower college graduation rates when compared with other groups, according to a new study by the group Excelencia in Education that examines rates in all 50 states. The study also lists programs in each state that are working to close the gap.
The report highlights several points:
As states search for budget cuts, preschool has apparently become a target.
Jon Stewart’s “The Daily Show” featured a comedic report this week about the Tucson Unified School District’s controversial dismantling of its Mexican American Studies program. Critics of the district were highly amused and eagerly shared the video on social media. But in Tucson, not everybody was laughing.
A new study has found that Latino preschoolers are less likely to be taken outside for playtime by their mothers than white children, HealthDay reports.
The study appearing in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine found that only about 51 percent of all children were receiving daily outdoor play that was supervised by their parents. Boys were given more play opportunities than girls.