Blog: Latino Ed Beat
Are schools disciplining Latino and black students more harshly than white students?
That was the one of the findings of a Council of State Governments study looking at Texas schools back in July. Now, a new report from The National Education Policy Center (NEPC) offers further evidence to support that conclusion.
In the same week that a federal judge upheld a controversial Alabama immigration law, hundreds of school children began disappearing from classrooms across the state.
This recent story in the Sun-Sentinel about concerns a Palm Beach County Latino group raised has reminded me of an important facet of covering education: school boards and administrator ranks.
Earlier this week, we looked at the pressures placed on children of undocumented immigrants. Today, the topic is the financial toll the Great Recession has put on Latino children.
Monica beat me to it today with a post on the latest issue of the Harvard Educational Review, which focuses on how immigration status affects children. I’d also like to discuss this article, concentrating on the impact in the earliest years of these students’ lives. This article makes a few important points about how undocumented status can exacerbate two issues that hinder cognitive development in young children: poverty and social capital.
Let’s start with some truisms: Not all Latinos are immigrants, and not all immigrants are undocumented. Many Latino families have been in the country for generations; many others entered the country and live here legally.
But coverage of Latino education issues would not be complete without covering issues related to immigration status. As we’ve noted here before, outside pressures play a major role in student achievement and help explain why the achievement gap seems so intransigent.
A new study from the University of Missouri School of Education bolsters the belief that maintaining native language fluency and a connection to one’s roots can help improve achievement in school.
In a recent column about the role of parental involvement in school, Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez took issue with a local school board’s practice of conducting meetings in Spanish, a concession to its predominantly Latino population.
His initial reaction: ” Holding on to your native language is terrific. But parents who make no effort to learn English are limiting their own job prospects, hindering their ability to monitor their children’s education and giving their kids an extra burden if they enter school with limited English.”
This week’s sobering news that the SAT scores of U.S. students are dropping probably did not surprise anyone who has worked as a teacher in recent years. If my classroom experience has revealed anything to me, it is that the education system in this country is in serious trouble–and that students are not getting the type of education they deserve and need.
The press release from the College Board announcing SAT scores for 2011 begins with good news: 43 percent of test-takers met college readiness benchmarks, and 2011 test-takers were the most diverse group in history.
Keep reading the report, however, and you’ll get the real meat of the findings — and the not-so-good news.
The National Council of La Raza (NCLR) recently released a report calling for new policies to increase preschool quality and access for Latino families.