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April 2014


April 23 - Alabama School Changes Rules, Admits Immigrant Student

FORT PAYNE, Ala. (AP) - A north Alabama school system has enrolled an immigrant student who was initially denied admission.

The Montgomery-based Southern Poverty Law Center says Fort Payne schools allowed the Mexican-born 17-year-old to begin attending classes after he was turned away twice from Fort Payne High School.

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April 23 - Nearly 13,000 Students Offered 2014-15 Freshman Class Admission During Highly Competitive Year

Berkeley - More than 12,800 students have been offered admission to the University of California, Berkeley’s 2014-15 freshman class, earning their spots during a highly selective admissions process, campus officials announced today.

As a group, the class of high achievers represents the cross-section of socio-economic backgrounds, cities and countries, interests, cultures and other factors that UC Berkeley values.

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April 23 - Michigan Ban on Affirmative Action Upheld

WASHINGTON - A state’s voters are free to outlaw the use of race as a factor in college admissions, the Supreme Court ruled Tuesday in a blow to affirmative action that also laid bare tensions among the justices about a continuing need for programs that address racial inequality in America.

The 6-2 decision upheld a voter-approved change to the Michigan Constitution that forbids the state’s public colleges to take race into account. That change was indeed up to the voters, the ruling said, over one justice’s impassioned dissent that accused the court of simply wanting to wish away inequality.

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April 23 - U.S. Department of Education Announces Awards to Arizona and New Hampshire to Continue Efforts to Turn Around Lowest-Performing Schools

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today announced that Arizona and New Hampshire will receive more than $12 million to continue efforts to turn around their persistently lowest-achieving schools through new awards from the Department’s School Improvement Grants (SIG) program. Both Arizona and New Hampshire will use these funds to make awards to a new cohort of their lowest-performing schools.

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April 22 - Millennials Often Stuck on Entry-Level Carousel

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) _ Briana Tony hasn’t graduated from college yet, and she’s already frustrated with the job market.

She’s been through four jobs and said she moved on from each because of a lack of respect and poor upward mobility.

“Our generation isn’t taken seriously at all,” Tony said.

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April 22 - Survey Finds Up to 56% of College Students Likely to Transfer

Peachtree Corners, GA (PRWEB) According to a new survey by the National Transfer Network, up to 56 percent of students who are currently enrolled in college are likely to transfer to another institution. The survey of 1,027 college students also found that “transfer of most credits toward degree” is the most important factor when selecting another institution.

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April 22 - Scott and Bush Want In-State Tuition Bill Passed

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ Florida Gov. Rick Scott, along with former governors Jeb Bush and Bob Martinez, made an urgent last-minute plea for legislators to pass a tuition break to students who entered the country illegally.

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April 22 - U.S. Secretary of Commerce Pritzker Announces New York City Native to Lead Minority Business Development Agency

WASHINGTON /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker today announced the appointment of Alejandra Y. Castillo, a New York City native born to Dominican immigrants, with more than 20 years of experience working in the private, government and non-profit sector, as the new Director of the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA).

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April 21 - More Latino Than White Students Admitted to UC

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - More Latino than white students in California have been offered admission to the state’s premier public universities for the first time, officials said, a milestone that reflects the diverse racial makeup of a state where Latino children represent a majority of students in public schools.

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April 21 - Ex-homeless student at UNR wins $30K scholarship

RENO, Nev. (AP) - A University of Nevada, Reno student who was homeless during part of her time attending high school in North Las Vegas has been named the winner of a prestigious national scholarship worth $30,000.

Ivon Padilla-Rodriguez is one of only about 60 students in the country who will receive the Harry S. Truman Scholarship. She was among 654 applicants, including students from Harvard, Stanford, Princeton and Duke universities.

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April 21 - The Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility Announces the 2014 Class of Young Hispanic Corporate Achievers™

WASHINGTON, /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR) recognized 36 young professionals at the 2014 HACR Young Hispanic Corporate Achievers™ (YHCA) Program in San Diego, Calif. The Altria Group and MillerCoors sponsored the awards ceremony reception, held at THE US GRANT Hotel this month.

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April 21 - Women and Students of Color Disproportionately Raising Children While in College, See Lower Earnings after Graduation

WASHINGTON – PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) report finds that 4.8 million college students in 2012 had their own dependent children, representing more than one in four (26 percent) of all college students, up from 23 percent in 2008. The report was released today in conjunction with “Lumina Ideas Summit: New Models of Student Financial Support.”

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April 17 - Latina Mom Bloggers and Florida State University Announce Latino Blogger Trends Survey Results

Miami, FL – (HISPANICIZE WIRE) – Latina Mom Bloggers and The Center for Hispanic Marketing Communication at Florida State University (The Center) released today the results of a highly anticipated national survey on blogger trends among Latinos. The findings, presented at a Wednesday morning session at Hispanicize 2014, identify attitudes toward blogging as a business and opportunities currently influencing blogging as a profession among Latina bloggers.

“Understanding the trends and mindset of Latino bloggers helps marketers and communicators better plan and connect with blogs as viable platforms for their messages”

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April 17 - Provost Approves Scholarship Fund to Strengthen Study Abroad Participation

HOUSTON, TX – University of Houston senior vice president for Academic Affairs and provost, Paula Myrick Short, approved a University commitment of up to $200,000 to increase the existing funding for study abroad programs to be issued during the 2014 - 2015 academic year. Scholarships are the single most important variable to entice students to study abroad.

“One of the largest obstacles students face when deciding whether or not to include study abroad as part of their education is the cost. At UH, 60 percent of students at all levels are dependent on some sort of financial assistance. When the University committed to double the number of students going abroad over the next five years, bridging the gap between the two became imperative,” said Short. “With the availability of meaningful scholarship awards, we expect to see an increase in the number of students graduating with a study abroad experience.”

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April 17 - ACT Foundation Assembles Council to Be a Voice for Working Learners

AUSTIN, TX – ACT Foundation has assembled its inaugural Working Learner Advisory Council to address the needs and challenges of working learners across the country. Recognized as “those who are engaged in some type of employment while also learning new skills in pursuit of greater economic security and overall life satisfaction,” working learners represent a significant and fast growing portion of today’s American workforce.

“The advisory council will serve as a direct voice for working learners and allow us to better assess the challenges this group faces,” stated Parminder K. Jassal, founding executive director of ACT Foundation. “These are paid advisers who will have a major role in shaping our efforts to develop and improve real world solutions that meet their needs.”

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April 17 - LULAC Encourages its LULAC Women to Embrace their Latina Identity as a Nueva Latina

Orgullosa's Nueva Latina initiative is a first-of-its-kind platform that empowers Latinas to define what it means to be a bicultural, modern Latina by capturing real-life voices, stories and experiences solicited from the community.

A Nueva Latina carries a unique story made up of rich history, blended cultures and aspirations. She is the face and reflection of the past, present and future. And as a Nueva Latina, she knows that she is leading the way in changing the face of America.

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April 16 - University of Dallas to Host High-Impact Training to Help Latino Leaders Accelerate Their Careers

Dallas, Texas (PRWEB) - In response to a growing demand for its high-impact two-day workshop for Hispanic talent, Center for Hispanic Leadership (CHL), which has successfully helped thousands of Latino professionals to accelerate their advancement in the workplace, announced today that it will hold its flagship Discover Your Hispanic Leadership Impact and Influence workshop, at the University of Dallas on May 20-21. This workshop marks the third city stop for CHL, which will also hold trainings in Minneapolis and Atlanta later this year.

“The University of Dallas Satish and Yasmin Gupta College of Business is pleased to host the Center for Hispanic Leadership workshop, Discover Your Leadership Impact and Influence,” says Dr. Rodney Williams, Director of Executive Learning at the University of Dallas. “We pride ourselves on working with community partners that facilitate professional development leadership initiatives that make an immediate contribution to all.”

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April 16 - Florida A&M Wants More than $100 Million for Split

By GARY FINEOUT/Associated Press

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ Florida A&M University officials say it will cost more than $100 million to split the school’s engineering college if the contentious proposal is approved by the Florida Legislature _ and that the state could risk federal intervention if it isn’t handled properly.

The warnings to state leaders come as Senate Republicans _ including the chairman of Republican Gov. Rick Scott’s re-election campaign _ lend their support to a proposal to separate the engineering college now run jointly with Florida State University. They have put $13 million in the budget to help pay for it. FSU officials are backing the plan in order to help the school’s national profile.

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April 16 - Jeb Bush Immigration Remark Could Be 2016 Problem

By MICHAEL J. MISHAK Associated Press MIAMI (AP) _ Jeb Bush has prompted questions about his viability as a potential presidential contender with a single phrase of compassion for immigrants in the U.S. illegally, underscoring how divisive the issue remains for the Republican Party.

The former Florida governor sparked a conservative furor this week when he described illegal immigration in an interview as an “act of love” by people trying to provide for their families.

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April 16 - Making College Dreams a Reality

CHICAGO, /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --This year, ten outstanding Illinois Charter Public High School seniors from across Illinois are being honored with a total of $55,000 in college scholarships through the Charter-to-College Scholarship Competition.

The bar was set high to be selected for this honor and all high school applicants met and surpassed the mark. This scholarship opportunity required all students to submit an essay highlighting their experience and accomplishments as a high school student and showcase their goals and plans for the future. Additionally, students were required to submit a creative or visual element to represent their educational path and progression toward their professional goals. This challenged students to think creatively and abstractly about their goals for college and beyond.

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April 15 - US to Manchester District: Improve Access to College Prep for Hispanics

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire’s largest school district must to do more to enroll minorities in college and career prep courses and should consider revising how it assigns students to strict academic levels, the U.S. Department of Education said.

The department’s Office for Civil Rights said a review of advanced placement courses offered by the Manchester School District found few black or Hispanic students in the classes.

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April 15 - District Hires Immigrant Teachers Under New Policy

By DONNA BRYSON Associated Press DENVER (AP) - Colorado’s largest school district sees teaching potential among immigrants who came to the U.S. illegally when they were children.

They are people like Kareli Lizarraga, a 22-year-old University of Pennsylvania graduate who grew up in California and Arizona after her parents brought her to this country from Mexico when she was 4.

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April 15 - Five Towns College Offers Summer Workshops for High School Students

Dix Hills, NY (PRWEB) - Five Towns College is offering summer workshops for high school students starting July 7. Classes offered will be in audio recording, filmmaking, music, music business and musical theatre. College credit will be offered to students taking Audio Recording Theory.

Five Towns College cordially invites students to participate in one or more of the summer workshops for high school students. Tuition is very affordable and participants will learn valuable skills and insights in such fields as music, media and the performing arts. All of these programs offer hands-on experience taught by Five Towns College’s outstanding college faculty. At the conclusion of these three-week workshops, family and friends will be invited to view student projects or hear and see performances.

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April 15 - Nina Vaca Named Inaugural Member of Presidential Ambassadors for Global Entrepreneurship

Dallas, TX (PRWEB) - Pinnacle Technical Resources, a leading IT services firm, has announced that its CEO, Nina G. Vaca, has been named an inaugural member of the Presidential Ambassadors for Global Entrepreneurship, an initiative focused on promoting entrepreneurship domestically and abroad.

U.S. Secretary of Commerce, Penny Pritzker, announced the members of the committee as part of the group’s inaugural meeting.

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April 14 - In-State Tuition Bill Moves on Despite Close Vote

By GARY FINEOUT/Associated Press

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - The Republican-controlled Florida Legislature is moving ever closer to passing a contentious proposal to allow qualified Florida students to pay in-state college tuition rates even if they are in the country illegally.

With concessions to win over reluctant GOP legislators, the measure scraped through another vote. A Senate panel voted 8-5 in favor of the bill as three Republicans joined with five Democrats to keep the bill alive.

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April 14 - Kai Bird, Kate DiCamillo, Francisco Goldman, Alice McDermott Among Authors at 2014 Library of Congress National Book Festival

LA wealth of authors, poets and illustrators for readers of all ages—including such writers as Jonathan Allen, Amie Parnes, Peter Baker, Ishmael Beah, Kai Bird, Billy Collins, Kate DiCamillo, Francisco Goldman, Henry Hodges, Siri Hustvedt, Cynthia Kadohata, U.S. Reps. John Lewis and James Clyburn, Alice McDermott, George Packer, Lisa See, Maria Venegas, and Gene Luen Yang—will thrill book-lovers at the 2014 Library of Congress National Book Festival. The festival, which is free and open to the public, will take place from 10 a.m to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 30 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

The festival for the first time in its history will hold evening hours, with special events between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. including a poetry slam, a session featuring "Great Books to Great Movies," and a "super-session" for graphic-novel enthusiasts. The theme of this year’s festival is "Stay Up With a Good Book."

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April 14 - Education Secretary Duncan Visits Delaware

RANDALL CHASE/Associated Press

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan applauded Delaware education officials for laying the foundation for comprehensive school improvement under the federal Race to the Top education reform program.

Duncan visited Wilmington to mark the fourth anniversary of Delaware’s selection as one of the first two states to receive Race to the Top funding.

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April 14 - Wisconsin Seeks Answer to Student Achievement Gap

By TAYLOR W. ANDERSON/Associated Press

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Wisconsin had the worst achievement gap between black and white students among states last year, and officials shouldered the blame while putting the onus on teachers to address the issue.

Teachers and principals from schools that have closed the gap will lead a new Promoting Excellence for All Task Force, which was described as a grassroots campaign to end disparities among racial groups and economic classes.

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April 11 - Group Says School Refused to Enroll Hispanic Teen

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Lawyers with the Southern Poverty Law Center accused a north Alabama school system of wrongly turning away a Mexican-born teen for enrollment, causing him to miss almost a semester of school.

SPLC attorney Caren Short said the family had moved from Colorado to Alabama and in January tried to enroll their 17-year-old son at Fort Payne High School. School officials turned the family away twice even though they had a Social Security card, birth certificate, proof of residency and other required documents, she said.

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April 11 - NCLR Report Highlights How To Harness Community Support For Better Health

LEAWOOD, Kan. and WASHINGTON, /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Just as seven million Americans obtain health insurance under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Peers for Progress and NCLR (National Council of La Raza) released a report that examines how peer support programs improve health outcomes by boosting outreach and education for disease prevention and management. The report, “Peer Support in Health – Evidence to Action,” is a guide for health care organizations developing peer support programs that will help people with health problems live healthier lives. Peer support programs are located throughout the U.S. and are included in the ACA as a way to improve health care quality and reduce costs.

The report summarizes findings from the first annual conference of the National Peer Support Collaborative Learning Network. The conference, under the leadership of Peers for Progress, a program of the American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation, and NCLR, convened leaders in health care and peer support to discuss current strengths and future needs in the field.

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April 11 - Bayer Invests Over $400,000 in STEM Education and Workforce Development in Greater Houston

BAYTOWN, Texas, /PRNewswire/ -- As demand grows in Greater Houston for more skilled and diverse STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) workers, Bayer Corporation is meeting the challenge by investing more than $400,000 to strengthen STEM education and create a continuous STEM education-to-workforce pipeline in the Goose Creek Consolidated Independent School District (GCCISD) with grants and scholarships targeted to middle and high schools.

Through its philanthropic arm, the Bayer USA Foundation, Bayer is awarding a $386,000 grant to the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) to implement its Laying the Foundation teacher training program in GCCISD junior high and high schools. Laying the Foundation aims to increase the number of high school students succeeding in advanced placement (AP) math and science courses through enhanced teacher training. The program will provide all 116 of GCCISD’s sixth through 12th grade science and math teachers with high quality content-based training that strengthens their instruction. The program has the potential to benefit the district’s current 22,000 students and many more in years to come.

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April 11 - Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa to Speak at Harvard and Yale

President Rafael Correa of Ecuador addressed students, faculty members and special guests at Harvard and Yale universities, and met with university officials at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

President Correa’s visit to the Unites States this week also includes a two-day trip to New York City where he will talk to Spanish-language media reporters, and will offer individual interviews to various English-language media outlets. Mr. Correa will also have TV appearances at PBS with Charlie Rose and MSNBC’s All In With Chris Hayes.

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April 10 - NSHMBA to Hold Annual Conference & Career Expo in Philadelphia

IRVING, Texas, /PRNewswire/ -- The National Society of Hispanic MBAs ("NSHMBA") is pleased to announce the opening of registration to sponsors and exhibitors for its Annual Conference & Career Expo, which will take place in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from September 24-27, 2014.

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April 10 - Texas mulls adding Mexican-American studies course

By WILL WEISSERT/Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The Texas Board of Education is considering adding a Mexican-American studies course as a statewide high school elective, a move that proponents say would give students a deeper understanding of the state where Hispanics make up a majority of public school students and which was once part of Mexico.

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April 10 - Cost, Quality Weigh Heavily in College Decisions

WASHINGTON, Pa. (AP) - For months, Trinity High School senior Sydney Dydiw toyed with an important decision.

The 18-year-old applied to at least a dozen colleges and universities, and quickly heard back she had been accepted. But with the commitment deadline quickly approaching, she was desperately holding out for one, Johns Hopkins University.

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April 10 - Southern President Aims for Higher Standards

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Southern University President Ronald Mason says the 134-year-old historically black university needs higher entrance standards.

Others say that could be the death of an institution that traditionally has been all-embracing.

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April 8 - LatinHeat Media Institute Series Presents ‘Amorous Pancho Villa’

LOS ANGELES, CA - (HISPANICIZE WIRE) - The LatinHeat Media Institute (LHMI), the newly formed non-profit organization, whose mission is to empower Latinos in the entertainment industry through multiple platforms, has announced the screening of Amorous Pancho Villa on Thursday, April 10, 2014 at the Arenas Group screening room in Los Angeles, CA at its inaugural event the Latino Indie Film Screening Series.

LHMI, was co-founded in 2013 by Bel Hernandez, President/CEO of Latin Heat Media, LLC; Elia Esparza, PR/marketing/communications professional; Actor/writer/director Enrique Castillo; and Fernando Antonio Gomez, marketing executive in broadcast, cable television and new media. The mission of LHMI is to serve as a cohesive industry-leading organization that through multiple platforms and strategic alliances informs, educates, connects, and empowers Latinos in the entertainment industry.

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April 8 - College-Readiness Not Keeping Up in California for Hispanics

CLISA LEFF/Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Fewer than 4 in 10 California high school students are completing the requirements to be eligible for the state’s public universities, fueling worries of a shortage of college-educated workers when the value of a bachelor’s degree has never been higher.

To meet entrance requirements, high school students must complete 15 classes with a grade of C or better, including foreign language, lab science, intermediate algebra, and visual or performing arts.

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April 8 - Former AG Gonzales to Be Belmont Law College Dean

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (AP) - Former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales has been named dean of Belmont University’s College of Law.

Gonzales joined the school in 2012 and has taught several law courses. He has also worked for a private law firm in Nashville. He plans to resign that position to focus full-time on the law school, where he will be responsible for the college’s finances, administration, and planning and development.

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April 8 - Bryan College Could Lose Faculty Over Creationism Controversy

DAYTON, Tenn. (AP) - The Dayton college named after one of creationism’s most famous defenders is embroiled in a controversy over Adam and Eve.

William Jennings Bryan helped prosecute the Scopes Monkey Trial. Now Bryan College could lose up to a quarter of its full-time faculty over a dispute that began in February when the trustees clarified the school’s statement of belief.

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April 7 - NHCLC 2014-2015 College Academic Scholarships for Hispanic Students

SACRAMENTO, Calif., /PRNewswire/ -- The National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference is currently accepting applications for its 2014-2015 academic scholarships. Eligible students attending Cedarville University, Vanguard University, Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University and William Jessup University are welcome to apply. The scholarship application closes on May 2, 2014.

In an effort to turn the tide on the Hispanic student drop-out rate and be a catalyst for Higher Education in the Hispanic community, the NHCLC awards scholarships to students attending partner universities who have excelled academically and who are committed to advancing their education. Offered under its Education Directive, the scholarship program serves to aid dedicated Latino students in America and around the world further their education.

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April 7 - ACT Aspire College and Career Readiness System Launches

CORALVILLE, Iowa, /PRNewswire/ -- The first administration of the new ACT Aspire College and Career Readiness system took place recently in 33 states. The assessments provide educators and parents with student achievement data based on the ACT College and Career Readiness Standards (“CCRS”) from grade 3 to H.S.

ACT Aspire is the first digital, longitudinal assessment system to fully connect student academic performance from elementary through high school, and to the ACT exam. Measurement against the CCRS and ACT College and Career Benchmarks will be able to accurately predict individual student trajectory toward achievement in reading, math, English, language arts, writing and science.

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April 7 - New Report Shows Surge in Rate of Hispanic Entrepreneurship

WASHINGTON, /PRNewswire/ -- The Partnership for a New American Economy and the Latino Donor Collaborative has released a new report showing how the number of Hispanic entrepreneurs in America has grown exponentially over the past two decades, powering the economy during the recent recession. Hispanic immigrants in particular are now more likely to be entrepreneurs than the average member of the U.S. population overall.

“For years, it has been clear that immigrant entrepreneurs have helped grow our nation’s economy while creating jobs and keeping us competitive with countries across the world. This report reveals just how significant the contributions have been from Hispanic immigrants,” said John Feinblatt, Chairman of the Partnership for a New American Economy. “Hispanic entrepreneurs are now playing an outsized role in business creation and powering our economy when we need them the most. We need to pass immigration reform now to spur even more entrepreneurship and keep our economy strong.”

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April 7 - UCLA Forecast Event Tackles Job Creation, Education Challenges

LOS ANGELES, /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti was keynote speaker of the UCLA Anderson Forecast: Solutions for Our City event to address key challenges facing the city, from a growing poverty rate and lack of accountability in City Hall, to the regulatory tax environment and job growth.

“The focus that we have here on skills, on creating jobs…to me, they’re more and more unified than they’ve ever been,” said Garcetti. “Los Angeles doesn’t necessarily grow people at the rate they need in order to become productive workers. We have to make sure our skills align with the needs of our economy here – especially for our youth.”

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April 4 - White House Committee Discusses Hispanic Education

MIAMI (AP) - A White House education commission is meeting in Miami to discuss ways to improve Hispanic academic performance.

At the meeting this week, members discussed improving access to early education, increasing the number of Latino teachers and helping students make smart college choices.

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April 4 - Oklahoma Senate approves Common Core repeal

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ The Republican-controlled Oklahoma Senate voted Tuesday to repeal a set of education standards for math and English known as Common Core and replace them with new ones that will be developed by the State Board of Education.

The Senate voted 37-10 for the bill, which now returns to the House for further consideration. The 68-page measure that was unveiled last week passed over the objection of some Democrats who argued it was too hastily assembled and would roll back progress that has been made on new standards designed to help students become more prepared for college and the workforce.

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April 4 - Cuban Blogger Sanchez Talks New Digital Media

MIAMI (AP) _ Cuban blogger Yoani Sanchez said Tuesday that she hopes to launch her new independent media project in the next month.

Earlier this year, Sanchez announced her plan to found an independent media project in Cuba. Independent journalists have blogged and published videos for several years now, even as their work remains illegal on the communist island. But Sanchez says that’s not the biggest challenge. Diffusion is.

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April 4 - Study’s Low Marks on Youth Well-Being Stir States

By DAVID CRARY/AP National Writer

A new report on child well-being, measured by state and race, has turned an unflattering spotlight on some U.S. states not used to being at the bottom of such lists, including Wisconsin, with a worst-in-the-nation ranking for its black children, and South Dakota, with abysmal results for its Native American youth.

The report, released Tuesday by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, detailed nationwide racial disparities that put Asian and white children in a far more advantageous position than black, Latino and Native American children. For some advocates for children, the state-specific results were stinging.

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April 3 - New Report Details Racial Gap Among US Children

By DAVID CRARY/AP National Writer

NEW YORK (AP) - In every region of America, white and Asian children are far better positioned for success than black, Latino and American Indian children, according to a new report appealing for urgent action to bridge this racial gap.

Titled “Race for Results,” the report has just been released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, which for decades has worked to improve child well-being in the United States.

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April 3 - Education, Immigrant Groups to Debate Tuition Bill

DAVIE, Fla. (AP) - College officials and immigrant advocates are pushing for state legislation that would let undocumented students in Florida pay in-state college tuition rates.

University administrators, students and lawmakers will discuss several tuition proposals Thursday at a Broward College forum. The event is sponsored by civic groups and the Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

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April 3 - Obama Administration Recognizes the Leadership of Latina Veteran and Founder of Multicultural Educational Publishing Company

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – (HISPANICIZE WIRE) – The White House honored California veteran, author, and keynote speaker Graciela Tiscareño-Sato and nine other women veterans were honored as “Champions of Change” and leaders in their communities.

Specifically, Ms. Tiscareño-Sato was honored for her military service as an Air Force officer and for her entrepreneurialism, the latter for creating what may be the nation’s only Latina veteran-owned multicultural educational book/eBook publishing company with global distribution. Gracefully Global Group’s mission is to create aspirational literature to showcase positive images of highly-educated Latino Americans serving this nation as innovators, scientists, entrepreneurs, military members and more. She brings this inspirational content to life as a STEM Consultant and speaker in K-College settings, so that all students and their educators can view accomplished Latinos in a positive light. More importantly, through this unique literature, Latino students are introduced to role models that may be missing in their lives, and aspire to pursue higher educational pathways.

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April 3 - State Employees, Teachers Won’t Get Pay Increase

By LUCAS L. JOHNSON II/Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Gov. Bill Haslam said Monday that he won’t be able to give state employees and teachers a pay increase next year mainly because of reductions due to an ongoing decline in revenue collections, which state officials are looking into.

The Republican governor discussed his budget proposal with reporters Monday. The state finance commissioner was to present the measure to legislative finance committees Tuesday.

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April 2 - Hispanic Girl Talks to Pope on Immigration, Dad Freed

BY AMY TAXIN/Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) - After a 10-year-old California girl traveled to the Vatican to plead with Pope Francis for help as her father faced deportation, the man was released Friday on bond from immigration detention.

Mario Vargas was freed from a detention facility in Louisiana after he posted $5,000 bond. A relative who saw the girl on television pleading with the pope during a public audience helped with the funding, said his wife, Lola Vargas.

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April 2 - HBO Latino® Celebrates The Iconic Musician Carlos Santana With Two Television Specials

NEW YORK, /PRNewswire/ -- HBO Latino joins in celebrating the legendary career of 10-time Grammy award winner, international music icon and philanthropist Carlos Santana and his forthcoming first-ever Latin music album entitled Corazon, through a two part event: a special called Santana: De Corazon and the airing of his mega concert and documentary Santana-Corazon: Live From Mexico, Live It To Believe It.

The Santana: De Corazon special will air in Spanish with English subtitles on April 21st at 9:30 p.m. ET/8:30 p.m. CT, exclusively on HBO Latino.

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April 2 - “My Culture, Your Culture” to Explore Cultural Diversity and Preparing Students for Success in the 21st Century

NEW YORK, /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Do students educated in a culturally diverse, international setting have a distinct advantage in the 21st century? How do we best help immigrant and expatriate students adapt to a new country while maintaining their cultural heritage and identity? Answers to these questions and more will be addressed during the free daylong conference, My Culture, Your Culture: International Education for Success in the 21st Century, at the Lycée Français de New York (LFNY) on Saturday, April 12, 2014.

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April 2 - Three Community College Legends Recognized for Contributions to Higher Education

WASHINGTON, /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The future of community colleges is dependent on the foundation set by the leaders of yesterday and today. With nearly 150 years of higher education experience between them, Larry Ebbers, Gunder Myran and Jerry Sue Thornton have helped to usher community colleges into the modern age and to prepare them for the future. They will be recognized with the national Leadership Award from the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) at the 94th AACC Annual Convention on Saturday, April 5 at the event’s opening session.

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April 1 - AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships Program receives 2014 Public Service Award for a Group

The National Science Board (NSB) announced that a long-running program of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is the recipient of its 2014 Public Service Award for a group. AAAS' Science & Technology Policy Fellowships program connects science with policy and fosters a network of science and engineering leaders who understand government and policymaking.

NSB's Public Service Award for a group honors exemplary public service in promoting public understanding of science and engineering. For over 40 years, AAAS has collaborated with professional science and technology societies and others to sponsor scientists and engineers for public service in congressional offices and committees and in federal agencies.

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April 1 - Students’ Jobs Pay Off Tuition at 7 Work Colleges

LISA RATHKE/Associated Press

CRAFTSBURY, Vt. (AP) - Many students spend years after college working off tens of thousands of dollars in school debt. But at seven “Work Colleges” around the country, students are required to work on campus as part of their studies - doing everything from landscaping, growing and cooking food to public relations and feeding farm animals - to pay off at least some of their tuition before they graduate.

The arrangement not only makes college more affordable for students who otherwise might not be able to go, it also gives them real-life experience, teaches them responsibility and how to work together, officials said.

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April 1 - NY Schools are Most Racially Segregated

By KAREN MATTHEWS/Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) - New York state has the most segregated public schools in the nation, with many black and Latino students attending schools with virtually no white classmates, according to a report released Wednesday.

The report by the Civil Rights Project at the University of California at Los Angeles looks at enrollment trends from 1989 to 2010.

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April 1 - Colorado School Expulsions of Hispanics and Minorities Drop Following Law

By DONNA BRYSON/Associated Press

DENVER (AP) - Fewer Colorado students are being expelled in the wake of a statewide reform measure, according to a new study that could amplify Colorado’s voice in a growing nationwide debate over whether discipline procedures are setting students - particularly those from minority communities - on a path to prison and failure.

“Colorado School Discipline Report Card: Year One” was released Friday by Padres y Jovenes Unidos. The group, which has worked on the issue for more than two decades, analyzed data for 2012-13, the first full school year since the adoption in 2012 of Colorado’s so-called Smart School Discipline Law.

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