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Black Girls Face Higher Suspension Rate Than White Girls

Black Girls Face Higher Suspension Rate Than White Girls

Adults often give kids a simple advice for success: “Stay in school.” But research shows that if you’re Black and female, that’s a lot harder to do.  According to the most recent data from the U.S. Department of Education, Black girls are suspended an average of six times more often than White girls, while Black [...]
Immigrants to Meet Obama at Wednesday Town Hall  So what will President Barack Obama do now that his immigration reform efforts have been put on hold by a federal judge in Texas?  What will he – or can he – say to the millions of immigrant families in the U.S. who contribute to cities and want relief from deportations, as well as [...]
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Lawsuits: Millions Owed to Immigrant Taxpayers in N.M.The key question regarding two lawsuits filed on behalf of immigrant taxpayers in New Mexico recently is whether workers who have paid what is required of them are owed millions of dollars because state officials have inappropriately withheld refunds.  The lawsuits say the cases involve thousands of immigrant taxpayers and that they’re owed more than [...]
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Southeast Asian Women Promote Wellness in Long Beach  For students attending Poly High School in Long Beach, California, the week of Feb. 23 is one of good health.  With help from Khmer Girls in Action, the school – formally known as Long Beach Polytechnic High School – is the site of a “Wellness Week,” which is a series of daily events, rallies [...]
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Prison Played No Role in U.S. Crime Drop, Researchers Say  Crime has declined, big-time. The violent crime rate in America is about half of what it was at its height in 1991. Property crime is down by 43 percent.  Everyone agrees that when crime goes down, it’s a good thing. But why crime has declined has been the subject of much debate. By reviewing [...]
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Tennessee Students Call for ‘Tuition Equity’ at College  For thousands of immigrant students in Tennessee, the question this legislative session is this: Will their state be the next to grant “Tuition Equity” so that a barrier to college education will crumble? If state lawmakers agree, an estimated 25,000 young people will be able to pay lower tuition to earn their degrees, according [...]
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Walgreens Agrees to ‘Living Wage’ in Oakland, California  Just weeks before a new minimum wage starts in Oakland, California, grassroots advocates are celebrating a Wednesday decision by Walgreens to pay its workers at a new store in the city $14.10 per hour, which is required by an ordinance, the East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy (EBASE) reported.  At one point, the [...]
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‘Put Families First,’ Arkansas Residents Tell Lawmakers  The list of community concerns for Arkansas residents was very real on Tuesday: Better pre-K support, improving child welfare initiatives, stronger after-school programs, fewer prisons and tax relief for low-income individuals. In other words: Policies and programs to end poverty and build “safer, smarter and economically-viable communities.” Hundreds of residents arrived at the state [...]
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DREAMers Special Scholarship Round Deadline is 3/17  TheDream.US – a national scholarship fund for undocumented college students – is accepting applications through March 17 for academic support of up to $25,000 from individuals in New York City, the San Francisco Bay Area and other parts of the country, the organization announced.  This application round is a special one based on where [...]
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Texas ‘Overuses’ Solitary Confinement, Legal Groups Say  Solitary confinement exacts a high price on the mental health of Texas prisoners and costs the state’s taxpayers big bucks, according to a new report by the Texas Civil Rights Project and ACLU of Texas.  The Texas prison system uses solitary confinement, which is when prisoners are isolated from all other humans almost around [...]
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