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By Leo M. Lambert & Peter Felten The Conversation Over the next several weeks 18.4 million students will be headed to colleges and universities in the United States. They, their families and taxpayers are making a monumental investment in the futures of these students, believing, correctly, that an undergraduate education is foundational to success in a global and knowledge-based […]


By Natalie Gross Latino Ed Beat   Black and Hispanic children experience mental health problems at a similar rate than their white peers, yet are less likely to receive treatment, a new study of nationally representative data shows. The study was published Friday in the International Journal of Health Services using 2006-2012 data from the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS). […]

Photography for the Mystic Valley Charter Schools.

By Leslie Puente-Ervin LatinaLista If you want to send your child to a private school, that’s your prerogative. You pay for that right. Charter schools? They may appear private, but they’re really public. While many receive private funding, the majority are publicly funded. Even so, they operate on a lottery system where only a selected […]


By Rachel Harrison Futurity   A new study finds a startling scarcity of children’s books for sale in low-income neighborhoods in Detroit, Washington, DC, and Los Angeles. The lack of children’s books was even more pronounced in areas with higher concentrations of poverty, according to the findings, which appear in the journal Urban Education. “Children’s books […]


By Lydia Gonzalez-D’Ross LatinaLista Our country has waited far too long to fix our broken immigration system. Without controlling our borders, we have knowingly allowed the undocumented population in the United States to balloon to over 11 million individuals. We need strong elected officials who are willing to face this problem head-on with commonsense solutions. […]


By Devon Delfina NerdWallet   No one expects you to have it all together your freshman year of college. You’ll probably end up losing your student ID, getting locked out of your dorm room, picking the wrong major and signing up for way more clubs than you could possibly handle. Mistakes happen. But if you […]


By Peter Rüegg Futurity   Whether young people behave prosocially or aggressively comes may depend on the kind of relationship they have with their teachers. Researchers used questions such as “In moments when someone was sad or in pain, how often have you tried to comfort them?” and “How often have you hit, kicked, or bitten […]


By Mariaelena Gonzalez The Conversation When considering Latinos, educators often struggle with how to close the achievement gap. That gap is often defined as a disparity in academic success between native English speakers and those for whom Spanish was their first language. Health communicators have gaps of their own to address: digital divides. These exist both […]


By Katherine Keane Saving Places   Roland Miller has explored Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. He has also traveled NASA’s Langley Research Center, Johnson Space Center in Houston, White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico, and Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. But Miller is not an astronaut or a rocket engineer. He is […]


By Evan Fagan Council on Hemispheric Affairs   On July 12, ten of the twelve candidates running for the Secretary-General (SG) position of the United Nations took center stage before the U.N. General Assembly. In an attempt to promote transparency in the Secretary-General election process, the U.N. publicly announced the contestants for the first time […]


By Natalie Gross Latino Ed Beat   Graduates in white and purple robes exited the auditorium, their newly turned tassels bouncing as they sang and danced to a recording of the popular Latin salsa tune, “Vivir Mi Vida.” They had just graduated from the Margarita Muñiz Academy in Boston — many with more than a […]


By La Monica Everett-Haynes Futurity   Political scholars and pundits have called the 2016 election cycle the most tumultuous and hostile in recent memory. The divide between Democrats and Republicans is wider than ever, and the divisions within these parties have become increasingly vicious. People on opposite sides of an issue struggle mightily to find […]


Leslie Puente-Ervin LatinaLista Over 50 years ago, Brown versus the Board of Education declared segregation in public schools unconstitutional, and the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibited discrimination in schools and employment. Even so, sadly, in 2016, the U.S. school system is still deeply segregated and discriminatory. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, […]

[UNVERIFIED CONTENT] Gay-rights activists gathered outside of the Supreme Court on the morning when the Court handed down its decision to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act.

By Patrick Wiseman The Conversation If Senate Republicans are true to their word, the next president of the United States will nominate Justice Antonin Scalia’s replacement. Given the age of several other members of the Supreme Court and rumors of others’ retirement, it is likely the next president will make as many as four nominations. […]

Elderly eighty plus year old man with granddaughter in a home setting.

By Carlos Valenzuela SaludToday Alzheimer’s Disease, a type of dementia that causes “problems with memory, thinking and behavior” affects more Latinos than Whites and other ethnic groups, but according to researchers playing brain games may delay the development of this disease and dementia in healthy adults, NBC Health reports. The findings presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International […]


By Antonio Gonzalez LatinaLista Last month, the Organization of American States (OAS) held a special audience with the former prime minister of Spain, José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, who, along with former presidents Leonel Fernandez of the Dominican Republic and Martin Torrijos of Panama, has been playing a critical mediating role in forging dialogue between the […]

A fracking well in Colorado, pictured in 2012

By Stephanie Desmon Futurity Asthma patients who live near major Pennsylvania fracking sites are as much as four times more likely to suffer attacks than those farther away, a new study shows. The findings add to growing evidence that ties health concerns to the fracking industry and unconventional natural gas drilling. Health officials had already […]


By Ronnie Citron-Frank Moms Clean Air Force On Wednesday, July 13, 2016, over 700 children and parents from 50 states joined our third annual Play-In for Climate Action at Upper Senate Park in Washington, DC for fun, music and advocacy…       Participants signed posters created for every US senator to protect their state’s children from climate […]


By Esther Canty-Barnes The Conversation On Wednesday, July 6, the four-year-old daughter of Diamond Reynolds witnessed the killing of Philando Castile by a Minnesota police officer. She and her mother sat in close proximity to Castile when he was shot. A 2009 Department of Justice study showed that more than 60 percent of American children had directly or indirectly […]