- Private Preschools See More Public Funds as Classes Grow, Motoko Rich, The New York Times, June 13, 2013
- Hispanics Get Help Giving Their Kids a Boost, Miriam Jordon, Wall Street Journal, March 5, 2013
- A Shifting Landscape, Rebecca Harris, Catalyst Chicago, Feb. 10, 2012
- Young U.S. Citizens in Mexico Brave Risks for American Schools, Patricia Leigh Brown, The New York Times, Jan. 16, 2012
- Latino Student Struggles Challenge Connecticut School Reformers, Michael Melia, Associated Press, Jan. 7, 2012
- California Educators Look to Better English Learning, Christina Hoag, Associated Press, Dec. 24, 2011
- Latino Workers Hit Blue-Collar Ceiling, Univision Chicago, Dec. 15, 2011
- Hijos de Mexicanos en Chicago Necesitan Mejor Educación, La Raza, Dec. 15, 2011
- Chicago’s Latino Workers Hit a ‘Blue-Collar Ceiling’ in Job Earnings: Report, Huffington Post, Dec. 15, 2011
- Study Finds Latino Workers Trapped Under ‘Blue-Collar Ceiling,’ Wailin Wong, Chicago Tribune, Dec. 15, 2011
- California Has One of the Nation’s Largest White-Hispanic Reading Gaps, Sarah Garland, California Watch/Hechinger Report, Oct. 23, 2011
- From Addison to Madison, Vikki Ortiz Healy, Chicago Tribune, Oct. 5, 2011
- Hispanic Education in Crisis — Steve Kingstone and Zoe Conway, BBC, Sept. 27, 2011
- State to Monitor Pesticide Levels Near School after Civil Rights Complaint — Donna Jones, San Jose Mercury News, Aug. 25, 2011
- Parents Look for Best Ways to Raise Bilingual Children — Rasha Madkour, Associated Press, Aug. 21, 2011
- New U.S. Census Numbers Herald a Greater Latino Presence in the Chicago Area — Antonio Olivo, William Mullen and Lolly Bowean, Chicago Tribune, Aug. 8, 2011
- Born in the U.S. and Struggling in Guatemala — Perla Trevizo, Chattanooga Times Free Press, July 24, 2011
- Illegal Immigrant Youth ‘Come Out’ in Reform Push — Kate Brumback, Associated Press, June 24, 2011
- Achievement Gap for Latino Students Hasn’t Budged in 20 Years, Stacy Teicher Khadaroo — Christian Science Monitor, June 23, 2011
- Arizona Schools See Sharp Drop in English Learners — Pat Kossan, Artizona Republic, June 23, 2011
- Latinos Lag in College Completion— Reeve Hamilton, Texas Tribune, June 22, 2011
- Bilingual Ed Called Best of Both Worlds — Michelle Mitchell, Desert Sun, June 20, 2011
- Georgia Immigration Law Could Affect School Enrollment — Jeremy Redmon, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, June 19, 2011
- Dual-language schools lure students, parents back to LA Unified –Adolfo Guzman-Lopez, KPCC, June 15, 2011
- White House Official on Reforming High School Education for Hispanic Students, Ray Suarez, HITN’s Destination Casa Blanca, May 20, 2011
- Lack of Preschool Puts Latinos Behind –Stephanie Lulay, The Beacon-News, Jan. 3, 2011
- Bilingual Mandate Challenges Chicago’s Public Schools — Mary Ann Zehr, Education Week, Nov. 29, 2010
- Scenes from a Dual-Language Classroom — Maureen Kelleher, Education Week, Nov. 23, 2010
- Bilingual Preschool Has Growing Pains — Rebecca Harris, Catalyst Chicago, Nov. 19, 2010
- Fewer Latino Children Enrolled in Preschool, Study Finds — Tara Malone, Chicago Tribune, Nov. 16, 2010
- Latino Achievement Gap Starts Before School, Study Says — Taryn Tawoda, Catalyst Chicago, Nov. 16, 2010
- Illinois Latino Children Less Likely to Attend Preschool — Linda Lutton, WBEZ, Nov. 16, 2010
- Aurora gets look at early learning center— Justin Kmitch, Daily Herald, July 28, 2010
- No Visa, No School, Many New York Districts Say— Nina Bernstein, The New York Times, July 22, 2010
- The Spanish Road to English — Bruce Fuller, Los Angeles Times, July 11, 2010
- A Skill, Not a Weakness — Laurie Olsen and Shelly Spiegel-Coleman, Los Angeles Times, July 11, 2010
- Quality Counts — Alice Callaghan, Los Angeles Times, July 11, 2010
- Bridging the Educational Gap — Ray Suarez, Huffington Post, June 29, 2010
- State Board of Education Beefs Up Bilingual Education for Preschools — Hunter Clauss, WBEZ, June 27, 2010
- Latino Children Regress In School, Study Finds — Claudio Sanchez, NPR, May 12, 2010
- The Latino Education Crisis — Patricia Gandara, Educational Leadership, February 2010
- Preguntas, Preguntas: What Do We Know About Dual-Language Learners in Pre-K?, Lisa Guernsey, Early Ed Watch, Nov. 6, 2009
Very few Latino and Spanish-speaking students attend the Cleveland school district’s four science and math specialty high schools.
Indeed, only 130 Hispanic students attend the schools out of the district’s total Hispanic enrollment of 5,586 Hispanic students. The disparity was so extreme that it caught the eye of the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR). This week, the office announced an agreement with the district to remedy the problem .
The specialty high schools have STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) programs.
As part of the agreement, the school district agreed to do the following:
– Form a committee of district and community members to determine the barriers to more Hispanics enrolling in the STEM program.
– Develop a plan to submit to the OCR by the end of the school year to ensure access, which will be implemented in 2014-15.
– Promote STEM programs to Latino families and students.
– Ensure that Spanish-language materials about the programs are available to families.
– Monitor Hispanic enrollment in STEM and adjust the plan as necessary to address any further discrepancies.
– Improve counseling services.
The Office of Civil Rights commended the district to cooperating. Hispanic community leader Jose Feliciano also told the Cleveland Plain Dealer that he had no ill will toward the district.
“I never had any sense that they were keeping kids out,” he said. “They just weren’t doing affirmative things to get kids in.”
– “U.S. Department of Education and Cleveland Metropolitan School District Reach Agreement to Provide Equal Access to STEM Programs for Limited English Proficient (LEP) and Latino Students,” U.S. Department of Education.
- New Federal Guidelines on Discipline Announced
- ‘Children’s Report Card’ Grades California
- California School Transitions ELLs to Common Core
- Teacher uses Hispanic Comic Hero to Inspire Students
- College Recruiters Often Avoid Low-Income Schools
- Missouri College Cuts Tuition for Undocumented Students
- Achivement Gap Persists in California
- New Jersey to Offer In-State Tuition to Undocumented Immigrants
- Urban School Districts Make Progress on National Exam