ethnic studies

White House chief of black education is `passionate’ about his work

All through his years of schooling, David Johns was one of the few African-Americans in his classroom, from the high school in Los Angeles that was nearly an hour-long bus ride away—but that his mother insisted he attend—to Columbia University in New York. Even when he taught elementary school in Manhattan, not a single black student sat behind one of the desks before him.

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Hillsboro Migrant Summer School brings in Mexican teachers

The moment elementary teacher Irene Osorio Pacheco played a slideshow of her home state of Morelos, Mexico for her class of kindergartners, their perceptions of the country instantly changed. "Wow, that's Mexico?" she recalled them saying in reaction to the photos.

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In Some Southern Districts, Segregation Lives On

It has been more than half a century since the Supreme Court decided in Brown v. Board of Education that separate is inherently unequal and legally, ended public school segregation. And yet, our schools are now more racially isolated than they were in the civil rights era.

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Tucson Continues to Struggle with Desegregation Plans

Gov. Scott Reacts to Florida's Race-Based Education Goals

Florida's State Board of Education is suddenly a national lightning rod because of its controversial new education plan setting goals for students based in part on their race.

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Pasadena Schools Have an Ear for Languages

The Pasadena Unified School District’s language immersion programs started three years ago with just a few dozen kindergartners and first-graders. Now more than 450 K-through-4 students are enrolled, including one in eight children who started kindergarten in the district this fall.

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Shakespeare's 'The Tempest' Barred from Arizona Public Schools

Two years ago, Arizona made headlines with its ban on ethnic studies in the state’s schools, and the Tucson school district in particular was under the spotlight for its Mexican-American Studies Program.

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Book Excerpt: A Culturally Proficient Society Begins in School

In the attached book excerpt, three superintendents speak frankly about the problems they faced as educational leaders of color, and as women in charge of male-dominated institutions.

First American and Chinese Public School Opens

Northeast Yucai Oxford International High School, a first-of-its-kind public school, opened its doors in Shenyang, China, this fall.

After 50 Years, Ethnic Studies Still Controversial

Recent events in school districts and some states show how divisive this 1960s phenomenon may prove to be in the 21st century.