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.

Measuring Up: Educational Improvement and Opportunity in 50 Cities

This new report from the University of Washington’s Center on Reinventing Public Education examines the state of education quality and access in 50 cities across the country. It finds that some cities have shown improvement, but it is far from the norm and poor and minority students continue to face extreme inequities in the system overall.

The Sexual Abuse to Prison Pipeline: The Girls’ Story

This report authored by Human Rights Project for Girls, Georgetown Law Center on Poverty and Inequality and the Ms. Foundation for Women exposes the intersection between girls' victimization and their own subsequent involvement in the justice system through arrests and incarceration.

The Solitary Confinement of Youth in New York: A Civil Rights Violation

A report prepared by the New York Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights which examines the legality and effects of the widespread use of solitary confinement for youth under 25. The Committee, through the report, is calling for an end to the use of solitary confinement for youth; naming it as a civil rights violation and citing the severely detrimental physical and mental effects associated with it.