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Census prompts push for more Indigenous school lessons

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Many American Indians and Alaska Natives say the dramatic increase in their numbers recorded in last year’s census supports their long-standing argument that Indigenous history should get more attention in public school classrooms. Even before the latest tally, there was a growing movement to infuse more Indigenous material into school curriculums — not only to connect students to their roots, but also to ensure that all students know about the contributions of Indigenous peoples and to encourage respect for the sovereign rights of tribes. Tribes also hope that the addition of millions of peop…

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Hispanic families say N.J. schools can improve translation services, especially amid COVID

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Melissa Baralt snapped pics of her sons Liam and Milan Rosario this past week on her front porch in Paterson. Their red uniforms, ironed khakis and new face masks had been laid out the night before in preparation for the first day of school at the Paterson Charter School for Science and Technology. Baralt’s own prep for the school year involved something aside from buying notebooks, sharpening pencils, or confirming home room numbers. She surveyed her email and text messages for fellow Spanish-speaking families in the district who may still have questions with return of full in-person classes … (more…)

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Hundreds of N.J. students honor Hispanic Heritage Month with parade (PHOTOS)

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Hundreds of students at two Newark schools took part in a parade Wednesday to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month after the cultural celebration was postponed last year because of the coronavirus pandemic. Elementary school students from KIPP Upper Roseville Academy and KIPP Truth Academy paraded around the North Ward neighborhood, waving country flags and wearing traditional dress with decorative masks. KIPP Upper Roseville Academy School Leader Samia Chery-Geffrard said the parade was part of the school’s focus on community and kicked off its Latnix Heritage Month. “We are big on community, bu… (more…)

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