Diverse Hispanics  News Alert for December 10, 2007

English Fluency Rises in Second Generation Among Hispanics, Says Report
A dramatic increase in fluency in the English language from one generation of Hispanics to the next emerges from a new analysis of a Pew Hispanic Center survey. 
by Diverse Online Staff
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Just the Stats: High Dropout Rates Persist for Latinos, Other Minorities 
By 2050, the United States Census Bureau projects that minorities will represent 50 percent of the population. In 1993-94, five million Hispanics were enrolled in public schools. Now in 2007-2008, that number has almost doubled.
by Olivia Majesky-Pullmann
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Hispanic Briefs: Hispanics Edge Back Towards Democrats; In-State Tuition for Undocumented Immigrants; Oscar de la Renta Honored by CUNY Institute; LA Politica Becomes Candidato USA.
A summary of some the latest headlines relating to Hispanic Americans, higher education, and politics.
by Diverse Online Staff and wire reports
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In the Know

North Carolina ACLU Challenges Separate Assemblies for Black, Hispanics on Gang Issue

A state unit of the American Civil Liberties Union is objecting to how a middle school held separate assemblies for Black and Hispanic students to discuss the school's no-tolerance policy on gang activity.

ACLU North Carolina director Jennifer Rudinger said a more effective assembly would have gathered an entire seventh grade class to talk about the importance of respecting fellow classmates regardless of race.

The principal at Dillard Drive Middle School held assemblies at different times earlier this week after a heated argument that escalated when a Hispanic girl tried to intimidate a Black student with gang symbolism.

White students were not sent to either assembly.

Wake County school district spokesman Michael Evans said the staff knew other Black and Hispanic students witnessed the incident but did not know which ones.

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