Zerline Hughes

Teaching Moment: Police Brutality and Raising a Black Son

What is happening right before our children’s eyes is the very R-rated stuff they’re not allowed to see at the movie theaters. This is the predicament that too many of us black parents are encountering right now with our young kids and teenagers. We find ourselves having to be gravely honest with them.

K-12 Education: Better Use of Information Could Help Agencies Identify Disparities and Address Racial Discrimination

This new report commission by the U.S. Government Accountability Office discusses data concerning the economic and racial make-up of K-12 students in public schools across the nation in an effort to help paint a comprehensive picture of poverty and race in schools. The data shows that the percentage of schools with students who are mostly poor and black or Hispanic is growing quickly and presenting new challenges to school systems. The report highlights these challenges and recommends possible solutions and actions to help these economically and racial disadvantaged students succeed.

Maya-American Youth: A New Population at Risk in the U.S.

Hundreds of thousands or perhaps several million children with Native American Maya heritage have been born in the United States during the past two decades. Some groups of Maya have established strong communities, and Maya children appear to be adjusting and assimilating into the mainstream of their generation.

‘Teenager’s Handbook’ Advises: Reach Across the Divide, Get Informed about Islam

When adults seek to educate kids about Islam — whether in school or in after-school programs — it doesn’t help to single out the Muslim kids, who have already been made to feel “other,” says Dilara Hafiz, who co-authored “The American Muslim Teenager’s Handbook” with her two children. The book has become popular as a quick and easy guide to Islam 101.

Advocates Offer Solutions for Kids at Crossroads of School, Justice System

Kiera Wilmot's story is an example of how schools’ zero tolerance policies can begin to push students — especially students of color — out of the school system and into the criminal justice system, part of a process known as the school-to-prison pipeline.