Hispanic Education Initiative
What the White House Hispanic Education Initiative Means for Us
By Damarys Ocaña Perez | 10/19/2010 - 17:30

On Tuesday afternoon, President Obama signed an executive order renewing a major initiative to help combat the massive education gap that plagues the Latino community. For Obama, who has been criticized for not paying enough attention to Hispanic high-school and college drop-out rates, it couldn’t come at a better time. Democrats are facing tough mid-term congressional elections and a recent study found that many Latinos, who name education at the top of their concerns and may be disillusioned with the president’s lack of action on the matter, won’t be going to the polls.

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LIVE STREAM: President Obama Signs White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics
By Mariela Rosario | 10/19/2010 - 13:15

President Obama will sign an Executive Order into law today at 1:50PM that will renew the administration's commitment to education for Latinos. The signing of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics follows a week-long National Education Summit and Call to Action hosted by the U.S. Department of Education which gathered community leaders from around the United States to discuss issues ranging from early childhood care to higher education.

Watch the Live Stream below:

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$60 Million Awarded to Schools with Large Hispanic Populations
$60 Million Awarded to Schools with Large Hispanic Populations
By Mariela Rosario | 10/04/2010 - 10:30

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan recently announced 99 new grants totaling $60.1 million awarded to colleges that enroll a high percentage of Latino students. "We can meet President Obama's goal of having the highest college graduation rate in the world by 2020 only if we dramatically boost college completion rates among students of all races, ethnicities and income levels," Duncan said.

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Obama Fails the Education Test... By Ignoring Latinos
Latina View: Obama Fails the Education Test... By Ignoring Latinos
By Galina Espinoza | 10/01/2010 - 10:04

All I kept thinking this week every time I heard the phrase “Education Nation” bandied about was: What nation are they talking about?

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No Back-to-School for Kids Who Crossed Border in AZ
No Back-to-School for Kids Who Crossed Border in AZ
By Mariela Rosario | 08/25/2010 - 12:15

Tom Horne is on a mission. The wanna-be politician, in the running to become Arizona's next attorney general, is determined to keep kids who can't prove they are American citizens from attending school.

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Watch: Salma Hayek's PSA for Dora the Explorer
By Mariela Rosario | 08/09/2010 - 10:15

A bunch of Latino stars have teamed up with the creators of Dora the Explorer to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the iconic cartoon character. Dora's impact on Hispanic children has been undeniable and many parents credit the little explorer with helping them ensure that their kids are bilingual.

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Justice Sonia Sotomayor's Housing Project Renamed in Her Honor
By Verky Arcos | 06/09/2010 - 09:00

Justice Sonia Sotomayor was moved to tears last Friday when Bronxdale Houses, a group of 28 seven-story buildings that make up the public housing project where she grew up, was renamed Justice Sonia Sotomayor Houses and Community Center.  During the ceremony to commemorate the renaming, Judge Sotomayor reminisced on her memories of growing up there surrounded by family, and spoke of how the late Robert Kennedy’s visit there awakened her interest in public service.

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Texas Board of Ed. Votes to Rewrite History, Whitewash Textbooks
By Mariela Rosario | 03/16/2010 - 15:30

Last Friday, the Texas Board of Education—stacked with socially conservative Republicans by Governor Rick Perry—approved a new social studies curriculum that would essentially rewrite history in favor of a right-leaning political agenda.

After the vote, Mavis B. Knight, a Democrat from Dallas told the NY Times, “The social conservatives have perverted accurate history to fulfill their own agenda.”

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Texas Board of Ed. Attempting to Erase Cesar Chavez from Textbooks
By Mariela Rosario | 01/11/2010 - 15:53

On Jan. 13, the Board of Education will hold a preliminary vote to determine whether or not they should adopt new standards for social studies texts in the state of Texas. In question is whether or not Cesar Chavez, along with all other Hispanics since the conquest of Mexico in the early 16th century, should be removed from textbooks.

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Uruguay Becomes First Country to Offer Laptops for Every Grade School Student
By Mariela Rosario | 10/20/2009 - 13:29

Nicholas Negroponte's dream was to make laptop computers accesible for even the poorest communities when he launched One Laptop Per Child back in 2006, and it looks like his dream is finally starting to come true. At least in Uruguay!

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