April 2012 Archives

Frances Kai-Hwa Wang

The sun is shining, the birds are singing--it's National Poetry Month!

By Frances Kai-Hwa Wang, Apr 30, 2012 1:01 PM

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A sudden cold snap has sent me scurrying for my Hello Kitty scarf and gloves. Hard to remember that only one month ago, I was splashing through puddles at balmy midnight, wearing a Hawaiian print skirt and flip flops.

Michele Waslin

Study Shows Self-Deportation is Irrational Behavior and a False Premise

By Michele Waslin, Apr 30, 2012 10:46 AM

Immigration Impact

Proponents of “attrition through enforcement” would have you believe that, given the right conditions, unauthorized immigrants will choose to leave the U.S. and return to their home countries. The Myth of Self Deportation, by Alexandra Filindra, questions the assumptions behind the attrition strategy and concludes that self-deportation is not rational because unauthorized immigrants have invested too much in the U.S. to return home.

Marisa Treviño

ICE Prepares to Deport 14-year-old Student

By Marisa Treviño, Apr 27, 2012 1:05 AM


Last week, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) offered to temporarily suspend the deportation cases of an estimated 16,500 people. That’s more than 70 percent of the immigration cases pending as of mid-April. Though it sounds like a step in the right direction to address the senseless separation of families, in those cases where parents are being deported, it’s not enough because the orders of deportation are still happening to not only adults but children too.

John Oliver-Santiago

District Superintendents and Free Agent All Stars

By John Oliver-Santiago, Apr 26, 2012 12:56 PM

Anybody versed in educational reform has heard of Paul Vallas.

His fame isn’t baseless: he turned the Chicago Public School System upside down and raised test scores with a balanced budget while maintaining improved union relations. He privatized Philadelphia’s school system, with mixed results but overall gains in scores, and led an effort to reinvigorate post-Katrina New Orleans.

Sharee Lopez

No More Bullies!

By Sharee Lopez, Apr 26, 2012 12:05 PM

Growing up in the public school system, I witnessed my share of bullying. In a situation like this, you really do not know what to do. I was scared and I knew that if I told someone what I had seen, the bully would come after me.

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