Blog: Latino Ed Beat
A newly established California Senate committee will examine how to improve the academic performance of the state’s roughly 1.5 million children who are English language learners.
Catalyst Chicago looks at the curriculum and budget challenges arising from an ELL boom in the city’s suburbs:
Since 2005, a quarter of suburban school districts have seen their numbers of English-language learners double. In Plainfield School District 202, they have tripled.
The U.S. Supreme Court will take up a case involving the use of race in admissions decisions at the University of Texas. Affirmative action has long been a hot-button issue.
UT currently admits the top 10 percent of high school graduates. However, the state uses race and ethnicity as a factor when considering whether to admit students who are not in the top 10 percent. In 2010, among undergraduates accepted 49 percent were white, 22.5 percent Latino, 5 percent black with Asian students accounting for most of the remainder.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics recently released a report showing that by age 24, Latinos in the United States significantly lag in educational attainment levels and the overwhelming majority have not earned a bachelor’s degree.
Many suburban Chicago school districts are failing to provide bilingual education programs as required by state law, a recent Catalyst Chicago analysis shows.
The children attending the Los Angeles elementary school where two teachers were recently charged with sexual abuse largely fit a certain profile–they are Latino, poor and have immigrant parents. In 2011, 98 percent of the 1,471 students at Miramonte Elementary School were Hispanic.
Those factors might make the children there particularly vulnerable because such families often avoid contact with police.
The DREAM Act, parent involvement and early education were just a few of the issues touched on in an online question and answer session addressing Hispanic education issues that U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan participated in on Wednesday. Duncan and Jose Rico, the director of the White House Initiative on Education Excellence for Hispanics, answered questions posted on Facebook and Twitter.
The Pew Home Visiting Campaign hosted a webinar Tuesday spotlighting three programs that are helping Latino parents prepare their young children for school through home visits. Through these visits, parents learn how to be their child’s first teacher.
We often hear about the achievement gaps between Latino students and their non-Hispanic peers, but a significant achievement gap also exists among Latino students themselves: Boys trail significantly behind girls. Boys tend to be more likely to drop out of high school and less likely to graduate from college, for example.
A report evaluating the Houston Independent School District’s bilingual programs found that children are not being taught enough English in elementary grades and that some teachers themselves are not proficient in the language.
Depending on whom you ask, the Tucson Unified School District is either banning books or just boxing them up for storage.
But everybody agrees that numerous books written by Latino authors were removed from classrooms in January. They were banished after Arizona’s school superintendent John Huppenthal deemed the Mexican American Studies program racially divisive and illegal. As a result, books were removed when the program was dismantled.
Spanish-speaking Latino parents often shy away from parent involvement programs like the PTA when many of the other members primarily speak English. For the past five years, a national Spanish-language education and college-readiness fair called the Feria Para Aprender has aimed to bridge that gap.