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The Invisible Achievement Gap: Students in Foster Care

September 19, 2014

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Commentary: By Marian Wright Edelman Across the country it’s back to school time. I hope it is a year full of promise and not disappointment and added stress for all children—especially those most vulnerable. I also hope this school year begins with a renewed commitment by all teachers and school administrators to help every child […]

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California Schools ‘More Segregated Than Ever’ Study Shows

May 23, 2014

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By Peter Schurmann New America Media `Sixty years after the landmark Brown v. Board decision that desegregated public schools in the country, California has seen a new era of segregation, especially for Latino students, according to a new study. Separate and Unequal: California Schools 60 Years After Brown v. Board of Education, released this week […]

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UC Looks to Simplify and Improve Transfer Experience

May 23, 2014

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By Nicole Freeling UC Newsroom After graduating high school, Taheerah Mujahid put higher education on hold to become a new mother, promising herself that she would return someday to earn a college degree. It took nearly two decades, but Mujahid kept that promise. She enrolled at Berkeley City College in 2009 and, earlier this year, […]

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MiraCosta College Awards $254,000 in Scholarships

May 9, 2014

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After overcoming numerous challenges during a troubled childhood, Maria Aguilar left her foster parents behind in Arizona to live with a sister in Oceanside when she was 17. A graduate of El Camino High School, Aguilar was accepted into UCLA but couldn’t afford to go. Instead, she enrolled at MiraCosta College, where she will graduate […]

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Lack of Information and Funds Keeps DACA Applications Low

April 11, 2014

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By Jacqueline García EGP Cynthia Tejeda was both nervous and hopeful as she waited in a long line at the Mexican Consulate Office in Los Angeles last week to speak with an immigration attorney. Originally from Cuernavaca, Morelos Mexico, Tejeda was brought to the U.S. illegally by her parents when she was just 9-years-old, which […]

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Los Estándares Comunes en Educación: Una Solución a La Desigualdad Académica

March 14, 2014

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Comentario: Por Pedro A. Silva Los padres siempre quieren una vida mejor para sus hijos, pero la dura realidad de la desigualdad académica en California puede complicar sus planes. No es una novedad para nadie aprender que entre más probabilidades de que un estudiante sea hispano, que esté aprendiendo inglés o que venga de una […]

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End run on tuition fees!

March 7, 2014

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Editorial: Education budgets have been slashed across the board from colleges to pre-school programs as the state of California, like all other states, struggles to find ways to balance their budgets. Education has taken the biggest hit over the past five years. For the California State University system a small idea took form to solve […]

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The Silencing of the Lambs: The Hispanic Generation

March 7, 2014

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Commentary: By Rodolfo F. Acuña “Silence of the Lambs” is from the Thomas Harris’ 1988 novel that was made into a movie three years later starring Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins. It is about the imprisoned cannibalistic psychiatrist Hannibal Lecter. I suspect the title was first used by shepherds referring to the lambs being herded […]

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Keeping It Alive — Mendez V. Westminster

February 7, 2014

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A Puerto Rican/Mexican couple who changed the face of segregation and the civil rights struggle in the United States, seven years before Brown v. Board of Education. By Jaime Estades Dedicated to my good friend, Epifanio Castillo Esq., who introduced me to this beautiful story and legal case 11 years ago. Thank You! The California […]

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Should You Celebrate or Be Wary of National School Choice Week?

January 31, 2014

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By Julianne Hing Colorlines This week is National School Choice Week. But is it occasion to celebrate or cause for caution? As with anything in the realm of education politics, this conversation is rife with coded terminology and heavy doses of politicized rhetoric. Let’s unpack some of it right now. “School choice,” in the eyes […]

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Parents, Students Welcome California’s New School Finance Regs

January 24, 2014

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By Nicole Hudley New America Media On Thursday (Jan 16), high school students from across California joined with parents and education leaders at the Capitol to push for more accountability in the state’s new school finance law, known as the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF). After nearly seven hours of testimony, the State Board of […]

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Steps Forward on School Discipline

January 24, 2014

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Commentary: Por Marian Wright Edelman In many American schools the holiday celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday is used as an opportunity to teach children about his life and legacy. But in too many of those same schools, Black and other nonwhite and poor children’s extraordinary talents are still being wasted today. Nearly three-quarters […]

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Reasons why we as education advocates and community leaders are behind Governor Jerry Brown’s Local Control Funding Formula

January 17, 2014

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Commentary: By Oscar E. Cruz and Yolie Flores As education advocates we know the powerful connection between student achievement and parent engagement. Take any student; no matter what grade they’re in, which school they attend, their ethnic or racial background, their age, what part of the state they live in – take your pick of […]

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How College Pricing Is Like Holiday Retail Sales

January 10, 2014

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by Marian Wang ProPublica You know all those seemingly great sales during the holidays? It turns out, they are often a “carefully engineered illusion.”  A recent piece in the Wall Street Journal defines what it calls “retail theater,” noting that often the discounts being offered to bargain-conscious consumers are carefully planned out by retailers from […]

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Education: A New Year’s Resolution for Success

January 3, 2014

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By Frank Solis Walking down any city street, if one looks carefully at the faces of each passerby, you may notice quizzical looks upon some faces. Almost as if they are trying to understand some perplexing problem or dilemma which besets them. Education gives one the ability to recognize and thereby understand almost any problem […]

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In CA, Will New Education Funds Reach the Students Who Need It Most?

November 27, 2013

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Commentary: By Anna Challet New America Media California school districts will soon receive more money for high-needs students, but many parents and advocates are wondering: will the money actually be spent on the students it’s meant for? Over 150 parents, students, advocates, and school officials came from across the state to testify in front of […]

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Barrio Logan College Institute: A new home for a great institution

November 15, 2013

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By Pablo J. Sáinz When José Vallejo started attending the Barrio Logan College Institute (BLCI) 16 years, along with a group of children from Logan Heights and surrounding areas, used to meet after school at the Perkins Elementary School Library to receive help with their homework and studying skills, and equally important they would receive […]

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