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Latino Ed Beat

A blog about issues affecting Latino students in P-12 and post-secondary education.

A blog about issues affecting Latino students in P-12 and post-secondary education.

Blog: Latino Ed Beat

Looking at the Effects of Ethnic Studies Curriculum

School districts across the country are scrambling to adapt to the growing number of Latino students by hiring more Latino teachers and incorporating more culturally appropriate material into the curriculum. In Arizona, however, a recently passed state law is designed to get rid of ethnic studies classes, which opponents say are divisive.

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Taking a Look at the Difference Principals Can Make

The Rafael Hernandez School, one of the first dual-language schools in the country, is an oasis in a hardscrabble Boston neighborhood, a place where students learn in English and Spanish and succeed in both languages.

In a Nov. 20 piece, Boston Globe columnist Yvonne Abraham attributes much of the school’s success to long-time principal Margarita Muñiz, who died last week after a struggle with cancer. Abraham writes:

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Initiative Seeks to Boost Number of Latino Teachers

The lack of Latino teachers is a continuing narrative in education. Even as schools grapple with a growing Latino student body, the number of Latino teachers remains low — despite studies that show minority students perform better when taught by teachers of color.

Now, Teach For America has teamed up with the Hispanic Scholarship Fund in an effort to recruit more Latino teachers.

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KIPP Initiative Seeks to Boost College Enrollment

Graduating from high school is not the only obstacle standing between Latino students and a college degree. Other hurdles include getting accepted to college, finding a way to pay for school and actually finishing a degree program.

This week, the KIPP Charter School chain announced a partnership with 10 universities across the country, designed to help KIPP students obtain college degrees.

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Initiative Seeks to Improve Latino College Participation Rate

One way to cover the achievement gap between Latinos and other students is to look at programs seeking to close the gap. One such initiative was launched this week by the Lumina Foundation, which is awarding $7.2 million in grants toward efforts to increase Latino participation in postsecondary education. The money will be distributed over a four-year period to nonprofit organizations in 10 states.

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Complaint against N.C. District Illustrates Larger Challenges

A teacher allegedly pushes a student against a wall and says, “Go back to your country.” Interpreters are not available for Spanish-speaking parents. Students are asked to provide immigration documents. Reports of Latino students being singled out or harassed circulate through the district.

Those were a few of the incidents that led to a civil rights complaint against the Durham Public Schools. According to the April complaint filed by the Southern Poverty Law  Center, the North Carolina school district created a “hostile environment” for Latino students.

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Panel Will Discuss the Need for More Teacher Diversity

As the nation’s student body grows more diverse, the lack of minority teachers increasingly is becoming a more critical problem in school districts across the United States.  Non-white students make up more than 40 percent of public school students, yet only 17 percent of the country’s teachers are minorities. Studies have shown that students of color often perform better when they have a teacher of color.

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What Happens to Children When a Parent Gets Deported?

In recent weeks, we’ve noted studies that show lower education levels and higher stress levels for the children of undocumented immigrants.This Huffington Post column points out one of the possible reasons behind those hurdles: a record number of deportations by the U.S.Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).According to statistics relea