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Op-Ed: Why Diverse Books Are Needed In Non-Diverse Schools

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Taun M. Wright
CEO of Equal Read
 

DeAvian was a disengaged student, more interested in socializing than academics. Her school had well-known books like Ramona but it wasn’t until her Big Sister gave her a book with an African-American girl on the cover that suddenly, “DeAvian’s eyes opened wide with excitement and a smile filled her face. She held the book tightly, looking up as if to say: ‘Here I am, at last!’” Now, DeAvian continues to read, and her academic performance has improved dramatically. The impact of representative literature can be profound.

In a year with so much important attention to discrimination, the call for diverse children’s books is clear. However, diverse books aren’t just essential to students from minority or marginalized backgrounds. We need diverse books in schools with students representing fewer identity groups just as much as we need them in more diverse schools.

Research shows that …

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Are Poor Latino Kids The Same As Their Poor White And Black Peers? Depends On The Generation

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Studies have long shown that assimilation is bad for the average immigrant in terms of health outcomes. The longer they spend in the United States the more they and their offspring become susceptible to bad eating habits and diseases that are consequences of that behavior found in U.S. born Latinos.

Now, a new study shows that there’s also a difference between immigrant Latinos and U.S. born Latinos in how they cope with poverty.

A report released in January from the National Research Center on Hispanic Children and Families (NRCHCF) shows that living in poverty among white, black and U.S.-born Latinos are roughly the same. However, low-income immigrant Latino children have a much better home situation.

Among low-income Hispanic children with at least one foreign-born parent, 36 percent live in married, two-parent households; about half live under the same roof as their father; and over 80 percent live in a

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Dreamers Work To Be Able To Access Financial Aid For College

Lucas Codognolla and Junior Sierra outside the governor’s office in May Photo credit: CTnewsjunkie.com

Lucas Codognolla and Junior Sierra outside the governor’s office in May
Photo credit: CTnewsjunkie.com

 

After a year-long lobbying effort, undocumented students were able to convince some lawmakers and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy that they should have access to financial aid.

These students, or “Dreamers,” are the children of undocumented immigrants who came to this country as children and attended Connecticut’s public schools, but through no fault of their own are in the country illegally.

They won the right to pay in-state tuition rates in 2011, but cost remained a factor for many.

“Even with in-state tuition, we saw that a lot of undocumented students were still not going to college — the cost was a barrier,” Lucas Codognolla, lead director of Connecticut Students for a Dream, said.

Both Senate President Martin Looney and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy want to expand their access to higher education this year.

Looney proposed …

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