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LatinaLista — This week, the 2011 National Assessment of Educational Progress’s (NAEP) Nation’s Report Card was released for math and reading. This year’s study of fourth and eighth graders’ math and reading scores didn’t reveal a whole lot, other than the nation can take comfort in knowing that overall our children aren’t doing any worse […]

LatinaLista — While all Latino parents want to see their children succeed in school, not all recognize the signs that point to learning disabilities. Even worse, they may not know where to find information that can help them and their children — especially Spanish-speaking parents. This week, the National Center for Learning Disabilities made their website’s […]

LatinaLista — Chances are 10-year-old Jasmen Gonzalez didn’t worry or even know too much about the big national immigration reform debate. The Oklahoma City fourth-grader probably didn’t even understand the concept of “citizenship status.” And why should she? She was a young girl, not unlike any other 10-year-old, who was excited to be coming to […]

USA — A Halloween story

By Roxana Urrutia LatinaLista USA — Today is Halloween and since I have no children to talk about, I will tell you an anecdote of one of my friend’s daughter, Ashley. Ashley was a tough cookie. She seldom took “no” for an answer. She argued anything and had plenty to say about everything. She was […]

By Dr. Jacqueline Zaleski Mackenzie LatinaLista GUANAJUATO, MEXICO– My stomach knots when my gate bell fails to ring a few seconds after the 3:45 p.m. bus passes. I replay a familiar assumption: “Kirt’s mother must not have had four pesos this week.” When I last saw 3-year-old Kirt, his spine behaved as though it was […]

LatinaLista — Family separation caused by parents divorcing are usually the hardest on children. Sometimes separation within a family leads a child to act out their frustration, anger and loneliness in ways that aren’t always appropriate behavior. Yet the remaining adult in the household is barely equipped to handle the change in the family, let […]

LatinaLista — Halloween is only 11 days away and as any kid knows it’s much more than just dressing up in costume — it’s all about the trick-or-treating! Unfortunately, it’s reported that Halloween is a deadly time for trick-or-treaters. Twice as many child pedestrians are killed from 4-10 p.m. while walking on Halloween compared to […]

LatinaLista — “Does a policy of kicking “bad kids” out of school so “good kids” can learn really work?” That’s the premise of a new report released today titled Discipline Policies, Successful Schools, and Racial Justice. The report, authored by Daniel J. Losen, director of the new Center for Civil Rights Remedies at the Civil Rights […]

LatinaLista — According to the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, California ranks as the top state in the nation with the “strongest gun laws that help combat the illegal gun market, prevent the sale of guns without background checks and reduce risks to children.” Yet, a new report on youth gun violence released this […]

LatinaLista — The latest report from the Pew Hispanic Center declaring that childhood poverty in the Latino community leads the nation isn’t a total surprise. It’s known that the recession, which triggered the loss of construction jobs, hit Latino workers the hardest. Also, the passage of anti-immigrant legislation and the increase in deportations, which lead […]

LatinaLista — A delegation of women leaders from over two dozen national human rights organizations traveled to Georgia to spend today and tomorrow speaking out against the recent anti-immigrant laws passed in that state. The women, part of the We Belong Together delegation, plan not only on speaking out against the inhumane bill but listening too. […]

LatinaLista — The debate over whether or not a child is better off learning in a bilingual environment has raged before the time when American educators forced thousands of Native American school children into English-speaking boarding schools or punished Mexican-American children for speaking Spanish in school. However, the general consensus these days is that it’s […]

LatinaLista — Cancer kills children more than cystic fibrosis, muscular dystrophy, asthma and AIDS combined. Cancer is the most common cause of death by disease for children and adolescents in the United States. It’s a reality that the Cruse family of North Texas knows only too well. In 2009, eight-year-old Connor Cruse died of Neuroblastoma, […]

by Kathleen O. Vale La Voz de Austin COMMENTARY — I am a proud sixth-generation female member of a Mexican- American family whose roots begin in San Antonio, Texas, meander back to Rio Grande City, Texas (in Starr County, on the Mexican border), continue the trans-national stretch across the Gulf of Mexico to Tampico, Mexico, […]

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