Fifty-three and a half million K-12 children will return to school this month.
TUESDAY August 11, 2015
Here’s what you need to know to get your day started.
►Tuesday’s numbers (about education and the irrelevance of the word “minority”)
53.5 million – The number of K – 12 students that will be returning to school this month.
129,200 – The number of K – 12 schools across the country, including private and charter schools.
50 – The percentage of children less than 5 years of age who are minorities.
17 – The percentage of people more than 85 years of age who are minorities.
17.1 – The percentage of white students who attend a school where minorities make up at least half of all students.
75+ - The percentage of Latino and black students who attend a school where minorities make up at least half of all students.
56.8 – The percentage of Latino students in the schools attended by “average” Latino students.*
72.3 - The percentage of white students in the schools attended by “average” white students.*
32 – The Latino dropout percentage in 2000.
14 – The Latino dropout percentage in 2013.
Source: Pew Research Center
*I’m not entirely sure what is meant by an “average” student, white or Latino.
"The federal government is woefully lacking in representation of Hispanics. … So much of the reason why we don't have strong Hispanic representation at the CIA is because they just don't know it's a possibility."
-Carmen Middleton, CIA Deputy Executive Director, the agency's fourth highest ranking official and highest ranking Latina. The agency is looking to increase the representation of Latinos in its ranks. According to NBC News, she accompanied Director John Brennan who spoke at the Association of Latino Professionals for America’s (ALPFA) annual conference.
One paragraph that explains American’s changing attitudes toward immigration
The U.S. public demonstrates no clear preference on what U.S. immigration levels should be. On this contentious issue, 40% say levels should remain where they are, but only slightly fewer (34%) advocate a decrease in the stream of immigrants. One-quarter of the country prefers an increase in immigration levels, the sole response of the three to see a general increase in support over the past 15 years.
Source: Gallup's Minority Rights and Relations survey
Border Patrol invests in media ads to dissuade undocumented immigration
According to a report in Latin Times the U.S. Border Patrol has bought print and broadcast advertisements in Guatemala, Mexico, El Salvador and Honduras to let residents of those countries know that there will be no amnesty if they travel without proper documentation to the U.S.
This is not the first time ads like these are broadcast in Mexico and Central America, it’s just the latest batch of commercials with the intent of lessening the flow of immigrants.
The ads are narrated by a stern female voice that says, among other things, “If you try to cross the border without documents, you will be prioritized for deportation. Anyone who tells you differently is tricking you. Please don’t believe them.”
Meanwhile at the U.S. Southern border …
The McAllen Monitor reports that “A recent immigrant influx and changes in immigration policy could be to blame for the unprecedented influx of overnight stays last month at a local relief center.”
Unprecedented, in this case, means three-times as many overnight stays at the Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley immigrant relief center.
From the Monitor: A total of 762 migrants spent the night at the center in July, 29 percent more than at the peak of last year’s surge, according to the latest data from CCRGV.
People in the valley are starting to talk about the increase as a new “surge.”
Border Patrol agents say the increase was expected and that their plan is to keep an eye on the situation so as to not be caught “off-guard.”
And Jerry Brown is making aliens disappear, on paper
He did it with the stroke of a pen on a bill authored by state Sen.Tony Mendoza (D-Artesia).
The Los Angeles Times reports that the term “alien” will be removed from California’s labor code because it is seen as a disparaging term. Mendoza says the word ban is needed in the same way that many newspapers have stopped using the term “illegal alien.”
Kevin R. Johnson, dean of Public Interest Law and professor of Chicana/Chicano Studies at UC Davis, says “the concern is that the use of the word ‘alien’ would dehumanize the people affected” and lead to “lack of protections under the law.”
On another note, the Times reports that “Brown also signed into law legislation allowing noncitizens in high school to serve as election poll workers and protecting the rights of immigrant minors in civil lawsuits.”
Let’s make it a great Tuesday gente!
[Photo by US Department of Education/Flickr]