Blog: Latino Ed Beat
Dual-language immersion programs are continuing to expand in schools across the country, Education Week’s Lesli A. Maxwell reports in a recent story. California, Texas, Utah and North Carolina are just a few of the states with popular programs. Maxwell reports that experts estimate that more than 2,000 programs exist nationwide.
A new study by the Migration Policy Institute has found that English language learners who exit bilingual or English as a second language programs within three years perform better in meeting basic math and reading standards than students who spend five years or more in such programs.The study highlights the challenges of so-called long-term English language learners, who sp
The Los Angeles Unified School District school board has approved a budget that would eliminate thousands of jobs, make cuts to early education programs and also close adult education campuses. In 2010, about 73% of the school district’s 677,538 students were Latino.
In San Antonio, the chants of “U-S-A, U-S-A” by student fans of a predominantly white high school’s basketball team directed at an opposing squad from a mostly Latino high school have touched off accusations of racism and drawn national media attention. The incident on March 3 stirred up tension in the city, which has a sizable Mexican-American non-immigrant population.
The nonprofit group Excelencia in Education recently named the top colleges graduating Latinos in 2009-10 in a new report, Finding Your Workforce: The Top 25 Institutions Graduating Latinos.
A new report from the U.S.
A Miami high school valedictorian ordered deported to her native Colombia is inspiring a groundswell of community support, protests and media coverage.
Daniela Pelaez, 18, who is enrolled in the international baccalaureate program at North Miami High School, dreams of becoming a heart surgeon. But that dream is now threatened: A judge recently ordered that she and her sister to be deported on March 28. Daniela was brought to the United States when she was four years old and overstayed a tourist visa.
College student Jose Luis Zelaya is open about his status as an undocumented immigrant, and he’s drawing attention for the campaign he ran for student body president at Texas A&M University. Although he lost on Tuesday night, he’s still making headlines for speaking openly about his immigration status.
Schools that offer dual-language programs rather than traditional transitional bilingual programs are increasing rapidly in Texas. Dianne Solís of The Dallas Morning News reports on the growing phenomenon, which includes suburban districts as well as urban ones.
Researchers at The Civil Rights Project at UCLA released a trio of studies this month showing that while community colleges are the gateway to higher education for most Latinos and blacks in California, few of those students end up transferring to four-year colleges and earning bachelor’s degrees. According to the studies, about 75 percent