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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

Minority Students Face Harsher Discipline

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.

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“In the Shadows” with the Youngest 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.

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Undocumented Immigrants: Students “in the Shadows”

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.

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The Importance of Covering English Language Learners

of weeks seems to be English Language Learners, it might be because the topic continues to be a rich source for story ideas and a magnet for controversy. Just this week, the Florida Board of Education approved rule changes for that  growing group of students and a study questioned whether the state of California is misidentifying significant numbers of students as English Language Learners.
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Are Schools Doing Enough for Non-English Speaking Parents?

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.”

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Are Schools Doing Enough to Prepare for Latino Population Growth?

Are Schools Doing Enough to Prepare for Latino Population Growth?

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.