Schools & Youth

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STUDY: How 'Status Offenses' Push Students of Color, Queer Kids Into Criminal Justice System

“Kids who are already less privileged—in how they are perceived and in their access to services—are more likely to have their misbehavior criminalized.”

Moment of Joy: Tarica June's 'Selfie' Video Celebrates Natural Beauty of Black Girls

It’s impossible to watch these girls reveling in their hair and skin without grinning.

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READ: How Public Schools Fail Native Students

The Nation explores how underfunding, disproportionate punishment and inferior instruction push Native American students out of classrooms.

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READ: Racism's Role in the Fight to Save Children From Lead Poisoning

Lead expert David Rosner to ThinkProgress: “The rest of the country basically saw it as an idiosyncratic thing, affecting just a few Black kids and Hispanic kids and therefore unimportant.”

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Black Enrollment Falls at Mizzou Following Anti-Racism Protests

The impact of the 2015 campus racism and subsequent inaction of the administration is still being felt at University of Missouri.

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Students Honor Emmett Till by Posting Tributes on Vandalized Mississippi Sign

Students with the St. Louis-based Cultural Leadership organization offered their own fix for the vandalized sign.

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5 Things You Should Know About Arizona's Ethnic Studies Program Battle

Tucson public school officials banned a Mexican-American studies curricula for alleged anti-American sentiment. Here are some key facts about the bill that made it possible.

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Ryan Coogler and Michael B. Jordan Reunite for Ta-Nehisi Coates-Penned 'Wrong Answer'

The film will explore the 2006 Atlanta Public Schools standardized test cheating scandal, which prompted national debate about the strict testing provisions of the No Child Left Behind Act.

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Peek Inside Howard University's New Google Satellite Campus [PHOTOS]

The Howard West facility makes it easy for the HBCU’s computer science students to work with Google staffers in Mountain View, California.

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Harvard University Revokes 10 Acceptance Offers Over Discriminatory Memes

One prospective freshman reportedly called the hanging of a Mexican child “piñata time.” 

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Ananya Vinay Becomes 13th Consecutive Indian-American Spelling Bee Champ

The Fresno preteen won the Scripps competition by correctly spelling ”marocain,” a French word for a kind of dress fabric.

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These Three Federal Civil Rights Offices Are in Trouble

The proposed 2018 budget continues the Trump Administration’s trend of devaluing—and defunding—federal civil rights enforcement.

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Chance the Rapper and Jamila Woods Want Chicago Students to Create Their Next Music Video

The native Chicagoans are collecting “LSD” video treatment submissions from local high school students.

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STUDY: Children of Color More Likely to Die From Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Than Whites

Newborn Native and Black children die at more than double the rate of their White counterparts.

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READ: Black University Faculty's Stirring Open Letter to Bethune-Cookman's Graduating Class

Black faculty at schools across the country came together to celebrate the students who would not be quiet in the face of Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’ participation in their graduation ceremony.

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Black Twitter Hearts Bethune-Cookman Grads for Protesting Betsy DeVos

Freshly minted graduates of the Florida HBCU responded to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’ commencement speech with boos and turned backs, and the Internet loved it.

HBCU to Confer Posthumous Aviation Degree on Trayvon Martin

Were he not killed by a vigilante, the aspiring pilot would likely be graduating from college this spring.

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Meet Z Yang, American Girl's New Korean-American Doll

Z is one of several dolls of color the doll manufacturer introduced this year. 

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Teen Says Sybrina Fulton Praised Her Prom Dress Featuring a Tribute to Trayvon Martin

Milan Bolden-Morris’ dress included the likeness of Fulton’s son, Trayvon Martin, alongside those of other Black people killed by police and White vigilantes.

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Memphis High School's Graduating Class Earns $80 Million in Scholarships

Whitehaven High School’s class of 2017 is 99 percent Black.