Posts in category "education"

Julián Castro talks politics, education in visit to Chicago

Julián Castro talks politics, education in visit to Chicago
Some have speculated that San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro could become the first Latino president or vice president of the U.S. He even cracked a joke about it while in Chicago Friday as the guest speaker at a fundraiser for the Latino Policy Forum. After Rev. Luis Alvarenga of the United Church of Christ gave... Read more »

CPS tears down Pilsen fieldhouse amid protest

CPS tears down Pilsen fieldhouse amid protest
La Casita, an old fieldhouse next to Whittier Elementary School in Pilsen torn down Saturday morning, represented many things to local parents. It was a community center where parents took English classes. It had a library with more than 2,500 donated books. It was a place where children learned Mexican folkloric dance. It also offered... Read more »

Shakira appointed to education commission by President Obama

Shakira appointed to education commission by President Obama
Pop singer Shakira was given an appointment in the Obama Administration Wednesday. ¿Qué? What? At first I thought this was a Hispanic Heritage Month joke. But seriously the Colombian-born singer was appointed to serve on the president’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, according a White House press release. I first wondered what makes... Read more »
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Would Martin Luther King Jr. support the DREAM Act?

King photo from historylink.org The birthday of the great civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. has made me wonder what he would think of the debate over immigration in the United States. Would Dr. King fight for the rights of undocumented immigrants or the DREAM Act? I couldn’t find any specific references on this... Read more »

A Grinch stole computers from Pilsen arts program; help with a Christmas donation

Photo from Pros Arts Studio of former computer lab. A Grinch stole 14 computers from a community arts program in the Pilsen neighborhood last weekend. Now Pros Arts Studios,  a nonprofit that has helped thousands of youth and families in Chicago since 1978, is raising funds so they can purchase new equipment and software. “There... Read more »

DREAM Act vote postponed; Sens. Durbin and Reid seeking votes

By Lalo Alcaraz The Senate postponed voting on the DREAM Act Thursday. But this isn’t bad news for DREAM activists. In fact, Nevada Sen. Harry Reid made a motion that tabled the Senate vote so they can instead vote on the House version of the bill. That Senate motion passed with 59 votes. This gives... Read more »
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DREAM Act passes House; faces uphill battle in the Senate

Supporters of the DREAM Act protest in Chicago. I first reported on undocumented high school students 10 years ago. And these youth, some of them now in their late 20s, may finally have a chance at the American Dream. The U.S. House of Representatives passed the DREAM Act Wednesday night 216 to 198. This legislation... Read more »

DREAM Act youth step up civil disobedience and speak out at Netroots Nation

Photo from citizenorange.com There is a new civil rights movement underway in the United States and it is being led by undocumented immigrant youth, who this week staged a major sit-in in Washington, D.C. that resulted in 21 of them being arrested. They are risking everything, even possible deportation, to call attention to the need... Read more »

Immigrant students arrested at McCain's office to be arraigned Tuesday; Chicago's Tania Unzueta not arrested

SECOND UPDATE: The undocumented students spent more than seven hours in detention and were released for noe. But they could face eventual deportation. They also have a court date for June 16 on the trespassing charges. UPDATE 10 p.m.: The three undocumented students arrested after a sit-in at Sen. John McCain’s Tucson office were being... Read more »
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Jaime Escalante: a teacher with ganas

Teachers often don’t get all the credit they deserve. But one teacher, Jaime Escalante, represented the best of what a teacher can be and how a teacher can motivate his students. Escalante taught students in the barrio of East Los Angeles to do advanced math and calculus, and his amazing work was chronicled in the... Read more »