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Helping an Applicant Stretch His Ethnic Identity

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The red flag was a call from the parents of a student she was being hired to help get into a top college.

“The first thing this dad says is that the kid’s grandmother was born in Colombia, and he asks, ‘How can we use this to our son’s advantage?’”

In her admissions work, the counselor (who asked that her name not be used since she is talking about a client) said that she has discussed affirmative action and racial and ethnic identity issues with students and their parents. But it’s never been the first question asked. And both the family background (wealthy, able to afford private school for their son) and the son’s academic record (mediocre for one applying to top colleges) added to the counselor’s discomfort.

Then more facts: the student had never been to Colombia, never met his grandmother and — aside from his parents’ coaching to play up his connections with Latin America — didn’t have any thoughts about being Latino (on one side of his family). But he wanted to check the Latino box in his applications.

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#RethinkSchool: Bringing Hopes and Dreams to Those Most in Need

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Like moths to a light, people from all over the country gravitate to Washington, D.C. – longing to make a difference, witness history and understand the complexities of the political process. I am like many young transplants that moved to D.C. for work and began to understand the social justice issues that threaten those who are native to our nation’s capital.

However I, unlike many other young transplants, had to quickly navigate the complexities of the education system. From my own experience, I know the difference a quality education and support system can make on students growing up in poverty.

So, when I moved to D.C. as the sole caregiver for my teenage sister, I knew exactly what she needed to be able to thrive. She needed a quality education, healthy community and individuals who could serve as mentors. As I researched areas to live and send my sister to school, I discovered Anacostia is home to some of D.C.’s poorest and most violent neighborhoods. From food insecurity to lack of affordable housing, the residents in this community are confronted with daily obstacles.

When I got word that a new charter school, Digital Pioneers Academy (DPA), was opening in Anacostia, I was curious. I wondered if the founder received the same information about the area that I had. I wanted to know her hopes for the school and dreams for the poverty stricken community. Most of all, how they were going to Rethink School.

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Home Schooling Is On the Rise, Lack of Black History a Major Driver Among African-Americans

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A new wave of learning is taking off across the South, as an increasing number of African-Americans are choosing to home school their kids in lieu of the wanting, and often white-washed, curricula taught in public schools.

The National Home Schooling Research Institute estimates that nearly 220,000 African-American children are home schooled in the U.S. The lack of focus on African-American history, as well as the disproportionate disciplining of Black students, are big drivers for Black parents who home school.

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DCPS Back to School Block Party

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On Saturday, September 22, join Mayor Bowser and interim Chancellor Amanda Alexander at the DCPS Back to School Block Party at Anacostia High School.

The Back to School Block Party will feature free food, fun activities for all ages, and performances from DCPS students. Local partner organizations and DC Government agencies will be on site to provide helpful information and resources, including college and career guidance, health and wellness resources, and information about food access programs.

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