Education

Sundance: ‘Going Varsity in Mariachi’ Brims With Cultural Pride (INTERVIEW)

Latino Rebels speaks with the directors of ‘Going Varsity in Mariachi,’ a documentary that follows a high school’s mariachi band in South Texas as it attempts to win the state championship. The film was shown at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

  • Jan 25, 2023
  • 2:12 PM

Nikole Hannah-Jones: Beyond the 1619 Project (A Latino USA Podcast)

In this episode of Latino USA, host Maria Hinojosa speaks with Nikole Hannah-Jones, author of “The 1619 Project,” who reflects on how she’s pushed ahead despite controversy, on trying to fit in at predominately white institutions, and on the importance of intersectionality.

  • Jan 13, 2023
  • 11:47 AM

Rafael Reif on Leading — and Leaving — MIT (A Latino USA Podcast)

In this Latino USA episode, MIT president Rafael Reif reflects on his tenure and how his upbringing in Venezuela shaped his outlook on education. He also shares a message for Latino and Latina students who want to pursue higher education.

  • Dec 16, 2022
  • 12:51 PM

Arizona Measure Gives Non-Citizens In-State College Tuition

Arizona voters have approved an initiative to extend cheaper in-state college tuition to some non-citizen students, cheering supporters who hope the measure’s passage Monday will help spark momentum for wider immigration reform in Congress.

  • Nov 15, 2022
  • 3:19 PM

US Opts to Not Rebuild Renowned Puerto Rico Telescope

The National Science Foundation announced Thursday that it will not rebuild a renowned radio telescope in Puerto Rico, which was one of the world’s largest until it collapsed nearly two years ago. Instead, the agency issued a solicitation for the creation of a $5 million STEM education center at the site.

  • Oct 13, 2022
  • 1:14 PM

New PBS Latina-Led Kid Show ‘Rosie’s Rules’ Is Building World Peace (REVIEW)

PBS Kids, which Dr. Diaz-Wionczek describes as having “intentional programming that seeks to make a difference” in its DNA, is now running not one but two shows starring Latina girls — actively advancing Latina representation where so many others fall short.

  • Oct 7, 2022
  • 4:37 PM

Latina Champion of Women’s Voting Rights and Education in New Mexico Now on Quarter

Adelina “Nina” Otero-Warren, a New Mexican activist who fought for women’s voting rights and was the first Latina to run for Congress and the first Latina superintendent of the Santa Fe public schools, is one of several women whose images are featured on the U.S. quarter in 2022.

  • Oct 6, 2022
  • 4:50 PM

Biden Announces Student Loan Forgiveness; Extends Repayment Freeze

The administration is canceling up to $10,000 in student loan debt for borrowers making less than $125,000 and up to $20,000 for Pell Grant recipients, though some see ways to make the policy more equitable for borrowers of color.

  • Aug 24, 2022
  • 5:23 PM

Puerto Rico Education Department Forced to Return $6.5M in Federal Funds for Providing Wrong Data

An audit by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of the Inspector General revealed that the local agency erred in the number of students it identified as “displaced” to receive a multimillion-dollar grant after Hurricanes Irma and María struck.

  • Aug 22, 2022
  • 5:29 PM

Puerto Rico Public Schools Lack Materials for Antiracist Education

The Puerto Rico Department of Education expects to have antiracist teaching resources in the classrooms by 2023, after securing $12 million from the American Rescue Plan Emergency Funds for Schools.

  • Aug 11, 2022
  • 12:06 PM

The Growing Call to Abolish Student Debt (A Latino USA Podcast)

In this episode, Latino USA dives into the history of the student loan system in the U.S, as well as the stories of Black and Latino organizers that have been at the forefront of the movement for student debt cancellation.

  • Jul 22, 2022
  • 10:43 AM

Report: ‘US Educational Progress for All’ Means Investing in Latino Students

The report, titled “Latino Student Success: Advancing U.S. Educational Progress for All” and released by UnidosUS, makes seven recommendations to guarantee that decades of steady educational progress made by Latinos are not erased by the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Jul 12, 2022
  • 5:42 PM

Have You Heard

Latino Rebels Radio: June 30, 2022

  • Jun 30, 2022
  • 4:24 PM

Denver Students Plan Walkout in Support of Outspoken Chicano Teacher (OPINION)

The removal of a beloved and outspoken Chicano teacher at Denver’s North High School has the community, already beset by gentrification, upset. Students have planned a walkout for Friday, May 13.

  • May 11, 2022
  • 11:47 AM

Puerto Rico Teachers Drowning in Bureaucracy and Bad Planning

Today, teachers in Puerto Rico have fewer support staff, while their administrative responsibilities have increased through new technology platforms and documents handled as part of the accountability system imposed for educational reform.

  • Apr 20, 2022
  • 2:49 PM

How Iowa’s Anti-Critical Race Theory Bills Impact Students of Color (VIDEO)

An Iowa bill would require cameras in almost every K-12 classroom in the state, allowing parents to view livestreams and thus monitor instruction. In this video, journalist and decolonial educator Constanza Eliana Chinea gives a deep dive into the bill and how it affects Black and Brown people in the state and beyond

  • Apr 20, 2022
  • 11:26 AM

Reinstate Teacher Bryan Chu and Defend Free Speech in Public Schools (OPINION)

In Portland’s public schools, an unprecedented blueprint for silencing dissenting voices is currently under construction. But the fight for freedom of speech in public education now has a new champion—Bryan Chu.

  • Apr 14, 2022
  • 3:03 PM

Puerto Rico School’s Budget Data Still Unclear Four Years After Education Reform

Act 85 of 2018 vowed to specify how much the government invests in its students, but four years after it was enacted, directors, parents, and teachers are playing a guessing game on the resources their schools count on since the Department of Education still doesn’t have a clear and transparent process to calculate the cost per student.

  • Apr 12, 2022
  • 3:12 PM

Expensive Evaluation to ‘Transform’ University of Puerto Rico’s Medical Sciences Campus

The meetings of the committee appointed to evaluate the operations of the campus were paid for with the Office of Institutional Transformation budget, whose operation from 2019 to date has cost $2,126,284.

  • Mar 17, 2022
  • 11:13 AM

A Reimagined Pedagogy Is Needed Before We Return to In-Person Learning (OPINION)

More than ever, we need to reimagine a pedagogy from the ground up and build a democratic learning space that responds to students’ multiple interests, incorporates the diversity of knowledge and intellectual traditions, and fights all forms of oppression.

  • Mar 14, 2022
  • 12:20 PM

Afrodescendant Representation in Spanish-Language Textbooks

Looking at Spanish textbooks published between 2014 and 2017, Drs. Rosti Vana and Lillie Padilla studied the frequency of Afro-Latinx textual and visual references, and how they were historically and culturally portrayed. In the dozen books studied, there were only 52 textual mentions of Afro-Latinx—one of the textbooks mentioned Afro-Latinx people only once in its 500 pages.

  • Feb 23, 2022
  • 11:56 AM

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