Schools & Youth

students and others marching in a protest in Chicago

Demanding Better Wages, Smaller Class Sizes and More, Chicago Teachers Go on Strike

The Chicago Teachers Union’s decision will keep more than 300,000 students out of classrooms. 

Two Sesame Street characters. Elmo is red and is blowing bubbles. Abby is pink and looks surprised.

STUDY: Most Parents Don't Talk to Their Kids About Race

A new survey from Sesame Workshop says that parents of color are much more likely to talk to their kids about identity than their White counterparts.

Mattel Doll. Gender-fluid Black doll shown wearing long braids and also wearing a fedora.

These Gender-Inclusive Dolls Will Make You Say, 'Barbie and Ken, Who?'

“It’s important that kids of all different types can see themselves reflected in culture, in media and especially in the toys that they play with.”

A little girl wearing a purple shirt is held in her mother's arms as the woman speaks to a Border Patrol agent.

Mothers Separated From Children at Border Sue Trump Administration

Five women seek “compensatory damages from the government” for inflicting trauma on their families.

A young Black person wearing a gray shirt sits in a classroom chair and holds their head in their hands.

Study Links High-Suspension Schools With Incarceration Later in Life

A working paper published by the National Bureau of Economic Research adds to the body of research surrounding the school to prison pipeline and its impact on students of color.

girl with a megaphone and her first in the air at climate change protest

Kids Around The World Go On A #ClimateStrike

Students march to demand action to save the earth—and to protect those most vulnerable to climate change.

Colorful covers of eight books.

#ColorlinesReads: Fall Into These Books This Autumn

These are all the books we look forward to curling up with as the nights turn cold.

A man with dark hair sits in a chair holding his young daughter across his lap inside of her hospital room.

Spike in Uninsured May be Linked to Trump Immigration Policies

The number of uninsured people in America has increased for the first time in nearly a decade.

Black person's hand shown through prison cell bars.

Harvard Students Push for University to Divest From Prisons

The young activists say their school should not invest in companies that profit from mass incarceration.

Doctors and nurses hold signs protesting family separation.

Trump Admin Threatens Migrants Seeking Life-Saving Medical Care With Deportation

Senator Ed Markey (D-Mass.): “This is a new low. Donald Trump is literally deporting kids with cancer.”

"Touching History." Black person dressed in white protective gear works on the floor restoring a window.

HBCU Students Help Restore Historic Sites Tied to Black Activism

Touching History: Preservation in Practice is a partnership between HBCUs, the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, the National Park Service (NPS) and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Small child with dark hair looks sad as as she sits with her mother in front of a wire gate.

Trump Admin Seeks to Detain Migrant Children Indefinitely

The federal government wants to end the Flores Settlement Agreement, which requires migrant children to be released from detention after 20 days. 

Young girl with dark hair and a pink butterfly on her white t-shirt stands in front of a chainlink fence.

D.C. Officials Oppose Plan to Shelter Migrant Children in Nation's Capital

Mayor Muriel E. Bowser: “Washington, D.C. will not be complicit in the inhumane practice of detaining migrant children in warehouses.”

Pediatricians Highlight Impact of Racism On Children's Health

A new statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics urges doctors and policymakers to address bias and discrimination in health care.

Woman with dark hair holds protest sign against ICE that reads, "ICE: Inhuman, callous, evil."

Experts Concerned About Children Following Mississippi ICE Raid

“The trauma these students are enduring is inconceivable. The effect the raids will have on their long-term mental and emotional health is profound.”

Border patrol agent wearing green uniform stands before a group of migrant children and their guardian.

Advocacy Groups, Unions Urge Hotels to Stop Helping ICE Detain Migrants

The Trump administration announced plans to use hotels to house immigrants arrested in raids.

Three colleges students with their backs to the camera wear red cap and gowns at their school graduation ceremony.

STUDY: Student Loan Debt Keeps Black and Latinx Aspiring Teachers Out of Classrooms

Meanwhile, research shows that Black students thrive in tangible ways when they have at least one teacher who looks like them.

Two young boys wth black hair have their backs to camera inside a drab, cinderblock facility.

Migrant Children Accuse Arizona Border Agents of Sexual Assault and Retaliation

Young people in a facility in Yuma, Arizona, say they were punished for speaking out against inhumane conditions.

Molly of Denali. Animation showing Native Alaskan and Black girl in a town.

3 Things to Know About New Animated Series 'Molly of Denali'

The groundbreaking PBS Kids series stars 10-year-old Alaska Native Molly.

Colorful covers of six books.

#ColorlinesReads: 6 Books That Complicate the Idea of 'Independence'

In lieu of celebrating “Independence Day,” we present a selection of titles that explore the idea of liberation via the lives, poetry, history and art of people of color.