Blog: Latino Ed Beat

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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

Keeping Kids at the Heart of Education Stories

It can be tough to be an education reporter. School board meetings drag on for hours. School officials and teachers often deflect questions and talk only through district spokespeople. Education policies are densely written and everchanging. Researchers produce reams of data analysis, which you have to dissect and comprehend on deadline.

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More Minority Students Often Means Less Pay for Teachers

No one goes in to teaching to make money, but school districts that can offer better salaries usually attract — and retain — better teachers. So it’s critical to take note of new data showing that teachers in school districts with more minority students are paid less than the average teacher in otherwise comparable districts.

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In Miami, a Closer Look at One Charter School

Charter schools are often touted as the great hope for public education. President Obama has called for the expansion of charter schools, and a bill under consideration that would rewrite No Child Left Behind possibly could increase the number of charter schools, which are funded by taxpayer money but run independently.

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Latino Preschoolers on the Rise in Central Illinois

Lots of headlines have already been written about  the new census data showing Latino population growth in Illinois. Many, like this Daily Herald piece, focus on the growth in Chicago’s suburbs and its possible political consequences. While much of the gain is concentrated in the suburbs of Chicago–and that also has brought changes to hundreds of school districts–Illinois schools beyond the metro area are also encountering Latino students, some for the first time.

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LA, NYC Schools Fall Short in ELL Programs

The quandary of how best to teach English Language Learners continues to make headlines from one coast to another. This week, both the Los Angeles Unified School District and the New York City school district — the country’s two largest systems — were taken to task for failing to meet the needs of students learning English.

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A Snapshot of Early Social Skills for Latino Children

Back in May, Education Week reported on a University of California-Berkeley study showing that a majority of Latino children enter kindergarten with the same social skills as middle-class white children. Researchers found a strong correlation between the level of social skills children brought with them starting kindergarten and the gains they made in math skills during their kindergarten year.