Latinas Who Graduated or Pursued College Degrees
Higher Education: Smarty Pants Latina Celebs
By Latina Staff | 06/03/2011 - 15:05

Most celebrities are known for their beauty, sense of fashion, taste in men or sometimes even (gasp!) their raw talent. But rarely are they ever admired for their brains.

So, in the spirit of all the recent inspirational commencement speeches we’ve heard, we decided to tip a hat to the Latina celebs who have stuck to their guns and pursued degrees in higher education. Here’s to setting an example with your actions chicas!


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EXCLUSIVE: Rep. Luis Gutierrez "I Will Fight Like Hell for the DREAM Act"
EXCLUSIVE: Rep. Luis Gutierrez "I Will Fight Like Hell for the DREAM Act"
By Damarys Ocaña Perez | 05/12/2011 - 12:09

Chicago Rep. Luis Gutierrez may be happy to see the DREAM Act back before Congress but he says President Obama is still not doing enough to help undocumented students stay in the country—though he has the power to do so.


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Soledad O'Brien
Soledad O'Brien Explores Education in America for CNN & Latina Magazine
By Mariela Rosario | 05/06/2011 - 17:00

CNN anchor and special correspondent Soledad O’Brien has joined Latina magazine as a contributing editor with a quarterly magazine column highlighting the social and cultural issues affecting Latinos. Her new column, Beyond the Numbers, debuts in the June-July 2011 issue with a column exploring education in the United States. In the column she profiles Maria Castro, a brilliant young Latina student who is smart, talented and ambitious but still finds the educational system is failing her.


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Future of Immigrant Children
The Future of Our Niños Is At Risk
By Damarys Ocaña Perez | 04/21/2011 - 15:30

Immigrant children are the country’s fastest-growing group but their future and their ability to assimilate is in jeopardy unless something is done to improve their educational achievement, according to a new policy brief released by the Brookings Institute.

In its report, the independent think tank specifically calls the educational lag of Latino kids—who make up a quarter of school-age children in the U.S. and 5 million of whom have at least one undocumented parent—one of the biggest domestic problems facing the country.


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We Heard You President Obama! A Guide to Educational Resources for Latino Families
We Heard You President Obama! A Guide to Educational Resources for Latino Families
By Erika Ramirez | 03/29/2011 - 22:03

Something that resonated loud and clear to us from President Obama’s appearance on last night’s Univision town hall broadcast on Latino education was that if we don’t improve education, specifically for Latinos, then “we won’t succeed as a nation.”


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President Obama to Latino Parents: "You're the Single Biggest Factor in Your Child’s Success"
By Damarys Ocaña Perez | 03/29/2011 - 09:30

Get involved. That was President Obama’s message to parents in his first town hall on Latino education Monday. During the town hall, held at Bell Multicultural High School in Washington DC, he also stressed the importance of investing in early education programs, improving teacher quality and passing the DREAM Act allowing children of undocumented parents to stay in the country if they enroll in college or military service.

“No matter where you’re from, you’re the single biggest factor in your child’s success,” he said.


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First Latino Studies Class Deemed Illegal in Arizona
First Latino Studies Class Deemed Illegal in Arizona
By Mariela Rosario | 01/26/2011 - 12:34

At Tucson High Magnet School, almost all of teacher Curtis Acosta's students are Mexican-American. But Tom Horne, Arizona's newly elected attorney general (and former superintendent) says Acosta's Latino Literature class is "propagandizing and brainwashing." So, Horne declared the program in violation of a new state law that went into effect on January 1 that outlaws ethnic studies classes in the state of Arizona.


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Arizona Law Makes Ethnic Studies Classes Illegal
Arizona Law Makes Ethnic Studies Classes Illegal
By Damarys Ocaña Perez | 01/03/2011 - 17:00

A new Arizona law banning ethnic studies courses in public schools went into effect on January 1st and it’s already wreaking havoc. The Tucson Unified School District currently stands to lose $15 million in funding for refusing to shut down its controversial classes.


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The DREAM Act: What Now?
The DREAM Act: What Now?
By Mariela Rosario | 12/20/2010 - 17:00

Though the DREAM Act failed to pass a senate vote this past weekend, many young activists and immigrant supporters are refusing to give up hope. Now, recent high school graduates and college students plan to take the fight to a state by state level and are gearing up for the 2012 elections.

"All of us are definitely preparing for much more defensive work," Marielena Hincapie, executive director of the National Immigration Law Center told the Associated Press.


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BREAKING: The DREAM is Dead—For Now
By Damarys Ocaña Perez | 12/09/2010 - 14:00

After Democrats shepherded the DREAM Act through a narrow win in the House yesterday (216-198), Democratic Senate Majority leader Harry Reid called for a vote to table the Senate version of the bill this morning. The intention? To take up the successful House version of the bill instead and try to get the 60 votes needed to get it through the Senate before the lame-duck session is over this month.


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