What did you do with your daylight savings extra hour on Sunday?
I watched “Girls,” the first segment of a two-part PBS documentary called “The Graduates.” The documentary explores challenges in education today through the eyes of six Latino students from across the United States. The second segment, “Boys” aired Monday night on PBS. The first segment, which aired last week, told the story of three Latinas; the obstacles they faced and the barriers they have overcome.
Stephanie Alvarado is the daughter of Salvadoran immigrants. Her parents moved to the U.S. to escape civil war violence in El Salvador, and were met with violence on the South Side of Chicago. Stephanie fought through the distractions, became accustomed to the metal detectors at school, and is now a good student, outspoken activist, and community volunteer. Read more »
Here at the National Women’s Law Center, we hear stories about problematic school policies all the time. But this story out of Tulsa, Oklahoma, is particularly egregious: a charter school’s policy around hairstyles left seven-year-old Tiana Parker feeling alienated and her father with no choice but to transfer her to a new school.
Tiana Parker was sent home from Deborah Brown Community School due to her dreadlocks. According to the school’s policy, “hairstyles such as dreadlocks, afros, mohawks, and other faddish styles are unacceptable” because they might “distract” students. It’s not clear to me why dreadlocks and afros are considered “faddish” – these are common natural hairstyles in the black community that have been worn for centuries. What is clear to me is that this school may need some education about the federal laws prohibiting programs that receive federal funding from discriminating based on race, color, or national origin – Title VI of the Civil Rights Act. And let’s not forget Title IX, the law that prohibits sex discrimination in education. Read more »