Education articles

Bilingual site empowers Latino parents, teens and communities combatting high teen pregnancy rates

LatinaLista — It’s estimated that 52 percent of Latinas will become pregnant at least once by age 20. While the Latina teen pregnancy rates have actually fallen and are at their lowest levels in years, unfortunately, Latina teen birth and pregnancy rates are still almost twice the national average. As a result, many communities and

Empowering San Diego parents in education

By Pablo Jaime Sáinz La Prensa San Diego SAN DIEGO — Ben Austin explains how “Parent Trigger” empowers parents to transform under-performing schools. A group of San Diego parents gathered this week to kick off a nine-city tour that will encourage parents across California to get involved in their children’s education to foster positive changes

Arizona student-loan defaults are highest in the nation, report shows

By URIEL J. GARCIA Cronkite News Service WASHINGTON – Arizona had the nation’s highest number of people in default on their federal student loans in fiscal 2009, according to the latest figures from the U.S. Department of Education. The “cohort default rate” statistics, released Monday, showed that 44,216 of the 276,057 student borrowers credited to

University of Georgia professors create Freedom University to give undocumented students a chance at college

LatinaLista — Undocumented college students in Georgia were facing a pretty dismal start to the school year this year. A ruling in 2010 by the Georgia State Board of Regents barring any state college or university from accepting undocumented immigrants on their campuses, if those schools had rejected academically qualified students in the previous two years,