Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Latinos Poised to Become Economic Leaders, Says Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute

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By Edward Graham As the nation celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month, a group of politicians, business, and education leaders – including NEA Vice President Lily Eskelsen García – gathered in Washington, DC for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s Public Policy Conference. They discussed the educational opportunities, economic impact, and career potential of Hispanic-Americans in the changing American landscape. [...]

“I Was There!” Teachers are Witness to History at the March on Washington

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By Rebeca Logan In his first week as a high school teacher, Harry Klugel nervously asked his principal for a day off. It was August of 1963 and Klugel wanted to attend the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom where thousands were expected to gather around the call for civil rights and economic justice [...]

NEA Honored For Minority Student Advocacy

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By Emma Chadband The Asian American Justice Center presented the National Education Association with its “Bridge Builder Award” on Thursday in recognition of the NEA’s outstanding efforts to empower Asian American and Pacific Islander students. NEA has brought national attention to achievement gaps Asian American students suffer from socioeconomic barriers and language difficulties and has [...]

What’s Behind the Surge in Hispanic College Enrollment?

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By Mary Ellen Flannery Hispanic students of all ages are more likely than ever to be something really marvelous: a college student. Last year, more than 2 million Hispanic young adults were enrolled in college, according to the Pew Hispanic Center, reaching a record 16.5 percent share of all college enrollments. And it’s not simply [...]

New Video by Native American Students Shatters Stereotypes

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By Robert McNeely Crime, poverty, and alcoholism have long been associated with “life on the rez,” but a group of Lakota students are showing that Native American culture is much more than the destructive media stereotypes would suggest. Students from Todd County High School on South Dakota’s Rosebud Sioux Reservation recently created a short film, [...]

Could the Dream Act Have Saved Joaquin Luna’s Life?

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By Rebeca Logan “Dedication, effort and hard work has always been with my family…We were taught to never give up in life and to always keep moving forward no matter the obstacles we face. I’ve set up goals to become the first in my family to go to college and have fought hard to get [...]

Alabama Law Drives Children Out of Public Schools

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By Alain Jehlen What happens when school personnel are ordered to ask about students’ immigration status? Alabama is carrying out that experiment right now, and the first results are in: Children don’t come to school. Wednesday, NEA President Dennis Van Roekel spoke out against the law that requires the school personnel who enroll students to [...]

NEA’s Eskelsen to Serve on White House Commission on Hispanic Education

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By Mary Ellen Flannery In August, President Barack Obama appointed Lily Eskelsen, vice president of the National Education Association, to the White House Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, a high-powered panel that will advise him on creating vital learning opportunities for the nation’s growing population of Hispanic students. “I’m not really into titles, but this [...]

‘Poverty Tour’ Spotlights the Poor and Disadvantaged

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By Dana Dossett and John Rosales For college students affected by poverty, community colleges often serve as an affordable means to earn a two-year associate’s degree, as a place where professional development opportunities abound, and as a bridge to a four-year university. Four out of 10 college-bound high-school graduates start their university education at a [...]

Protect Pell Grants: Protect the Middle Class

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By Mary Ellen Flannery Cutting the Pell Grant program – the ticket to the American Dream for 9.4 million college students this year alone – is exactly what you don’t want to do in an economic recession, said a panel of U.S. Senators, college presidents, and students on Tuesday. “This is America’s future,” said Sen. [...]

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