Monday, December 17, 2018

Latino College completion is key in California

For California to maintain its standing as the fifth-largest economy in the world, the state has to produce at least 1.65 million college graduates by 2030, but it won’t reach this goal without Latino educational success. Latinos are intrinsically tied to the state’s future, by 2060, almost half of California’s population will be Latino “and […]

New effort arises in Houston to grow Pipeline of Latino Leaders in Education

A new group in Greater Houston wants to grow the pipeline of Latino leaders in education, starting with the nonprofit world that pumps millions of dollars into learning. “I think by having more Latino and Latina leaders serving on these boards, we will help these organizations be even more effective in the way in which […]

Latino voters’ concerns go beyond immigration

Recent studies by the Pew Research Center show that Latino voters will make up 12.8 percent of all eligible voters, including the four million citizens age 18 or older who reached voting age between 2014 and 2018. While many Latino registered voters are concerned about immigration policy, like most voters they also are interested in […]

The Growing political power of the Latino community

A few key statistics make it clear: The political power of the Latino electorate is big, and it’s only going to get bigger. In the 1996 presidential election, 4.7 percent of voters were Latino, in 2016, 9.2 percent. Latinos are the nation’s youngest ethnic group with a median age of 27 years, more than a […]

Mexican-American Studies: The new elective course in Texas

  Mexican-American experts in Texas are protesting the name change of a recently approved high school elective course on Mexican-American studies arguing that the name represents a community’s culture and history. “This course was named for a community rather than in partnership with the community and understanding why that community identifies that way,” said Erika […]

DACA limbo: while some states help DACA students, other states bar them from school

Seonki Jo, who was brought to America from South Korea at age 3, has lived in Duluth, Georgia, nearly all his life. When it came time for him to begin his college search, he wanted to stick close to home, but he couldn’t. Georgia is of the states that not only banned undocumented immigrants like […]

Lawmakers met to discuss how to address the Latino education gap

Hispanic students face an uphill battle in entering and succeeding in secondary education, according to lawmakers and experts attending an event hosted yesterday by Excelencia in Education, Gallup and The Hill. Gaps in achievements between Latino and white students have come to the forefront with the No Child Left Behind law. “One very important positive occurred […]

Lack of Latino teachers is a growing issue in the U.S.

According to a recent study from the Center for American Progress, the percentage of Latino teachers nationwide lags far behind the fast-growing percentage of Latino students in the nation’s public school system. Although Latino students make up almost a quarter of the student population nationwide, only about eight percent of teachers throughout the country identify as Latino. The […]

Uncertainty is keeping undocumented California students from applying for financial aid

Each year, California invites students who are in the country without legal status to apply for the same financial aid as other students, but officials once again are concerned that fears are keeping students from seeking help. “We’re 20,000 students behind,” said Lupita Cortez Alcalá, executive director of the California Student Aid Commission, the organization […]

Latinas are Reshaping our Classrooms by Becoming Teachers Across the Country

According to Glenda Flores, a sociologist in the Department of Chicano/Latino Studies at UC Irvine, Latina teachers are reshaping our classrooms and our children’s education.