How Trump’s immigration crackdown is traumatizing students across the U.S. — including many born here
This is the third article in a series produced in collaboration with The Guardian examining the climate affecting immigrant school children and their parents as the new school year begins. See a version of this article at TheGuardian.com. Gathered around a camera in their family’s kitchen, the four Duarte children pleaded for help. When their undocumented...
By Mark Keierleber | August 25, 2017
Immigration agents inside schools? Why some activists are warning undocumented students about Trump’s policy shifts
This is the second article in a series produced in collaboration with The Guardian examining the climate affecting immigrant school children and their parents as the new school year begins. See a version of this article at TheGuardian.com. One student exchanged hand gestures with a classmate in the school hallway. Another drew graffiti in his...
By Mark Keierleber | August 24, 2017
As immigrant students worry about a new school year, districts and educators unveil plans to protect their safety (and privacy)
This is the first article in a series produced in collaboration with The Guardian examining the climate affecting immigrant schoolchildren and their parents as the new school year begins. See a version of this article at TheGuardian.com. If federal immigration agents come knocking, don’t open the door. You have the right to plead the Fifth Amendment and...
By Mark Keierleber | August 23, 2017
Reaching 90% grad rate unlikely without an acute focus on low-income, minority kids, report finds
As the national high school graduation rate continues to rise — it hit a record 83.2 percent last year — the leaders of a campaign to raise that number to 90 percent by 2020 said they fear the country will not meet that goal. Hitting that ambitious target would require a far more intense focus...
By Mark Keierleber | May 8, 2017
Immigration fears in California schools: Report shows 1 in 8 students have undocumented parents
Much attention has focused recently on a heightened fear of deportation among undocumented K-12 students, but the number of children actually affected is far greater, according to a new report from The Education Trust–West. About 250,000 undocumented children between the ages of 3 and 17 are enrolled in California public schools, says the report, released in...
By Mark Keierleber | May 1, 2017
John King on his year as ed secretary, the Trump administration, and his new role at Ed Trust
John King didn’t have long. It was October 2015, and Arne Duncan announced he would step down as President Barack Obama’s education secretary. Obama tapped King, a K-12 adviser at the federal Education Department with years of classroom and government experience, to fill the vacancy. In only about a year in the job, King, among...
By Mark Keierleber | March 31, 2017
Claiming sanctuary: Inside the schools now actively resisting Trump’s immigration crackdown
The girl had already burst into tears when the bold, yellow letters on the man’s jacket came into focus: “Police.” Rómulo Avelica-González had just dropped off his 12-year-old daughter, Yuleni, at a Los Angeles charter school — as he did every morning — and was heading next to the school of his 13-year-old daughter, Fatima....
By Mark Keierleber | March 23, 2017
When teens resort to crime so they can eat: New studies on food insecurity and school lunch programs
In Los Angeles, a young man talked about selling drugs for cash because his family needed the money. In Portland, where stealing from local grocery stores is normal behavior for some school-age locals, a young woman explained the benefits of failing school — you repeat a grade — or being locked up in jail. Across...
By Mark Keierleber | September 23, 2016
Transgender TV ad scheduled for Trump’s big night at the RNC
LGBT advocates are looking to reach and persuade conservative voters tonight with a prime-time TV ad about transgender discrimination that’s set to air on Fox News around the time Donald Trump is accepting the Republican party’s nomination for president. The ad features a transgender woman from North Carolina who is prevented from using a restroom that corresponds...
By Mark Keierleber | July 21, 2016
What the Supreme Court ruling on affirmative action means for the nation’s minority college applicants
In a highly anticipated ruling that’s been years in the making, the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a University of Texas affirmative action policy that takes race into consideration when selecting applicants — a ruling that could have a profound effect on America’s minority high school students planning to attend college. After the decision...
By Mark Keierleber | June 24, 2016