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Brothers Who Fled Dangers in Honduras Face New Menaces in U.S.

Eric and Alberto remember exactly when their life changed in Honduras. It was 2012. Eric was 8 and Alberto was 10. Even though the family was poor, they were content. "We were all together, and we lived very happy until my uncles were killed," Alberto said. The uncles were police officers and their killers were members of an influential gang, the boys said. So when their mother complained to law enforcement that their murders weren't being investigated, instead of justice, she began getting death threats. The family went into hiding. That marked the end of their "happy life." And it was also the end of the boys' schooling. Now, Eric is 15 and Alberto is 17. They can barely read and write, even in Spanish. Their mother decided their only hope for survival was to make the long and dangerous trek to the United States.

'Deprofessionalization Is Killing the Soul of Teaching,' Union President Says

The teaching profession is in the midst of an "ongoing and alarming crisis," Randi Weingarten, the president of the American Federation of Teachers, said in an address on Thursday. In her speech at the National Press Club, Weingarten condemned the "two major roots" of the crisis that she said have led to both teachers quitting the profession and others staying far away from it — deinvestment and deprofessionalization.

For Seattle area's Sri Lankan community, news of Easter bombings hits 'close to heart'

Roshan Liyanage immediately recognized some of the bloodied sites shown in photos from the deadly Sri Lanka bombings as he read updates from his Seattle home over the weekend. Liyanage is part of a small — but growing, they emphasize — community of Sri Lankans in the Seattle area. Community members estimate there are about 700 Sri Lankans in the Puget Sound region, with many living in Seattle and on the Eastside. The number has grown significantly in the past decade as more come to work at tech companies like Amazon and Microsoft.

Longing for His School, Grandmother, and Friends in Guatemala

Fernando is 12 years old, with smooth, baby skin and long eyelashes. He came to the United States from Guatemala, but he's not sure when. He's lost track of time since he left his village alone with a coyote who was paid to ferry Fernando for the first leg of the long trip.

Facing Segregated Schools, Parents Took Integration Into Their Own Hands. It’s Working.

For months, in two of New York City’s most politically progressive neighborhoods, parents debated what to do about their deeply segregated schools. Now, after adopting a series of initiatives last year following many spirited and emotionally charged discussions, these neighborhoods are starting to see swift changes in enrollment, according to city data released on Monday. Several schools in districts in Manhattan and Brooklyn will be more racially and socioeconomically diverse on the first day of school this fall than they are today as a result of these new measures.

Perspective: Parents, we need to teach our children about the dangers of hate-laced speech against Muslims

Author Hena Khan (featured on Colorín Colorado) shares her personal perspective as a mother in this column, writing, "There is a very disturbing trend in schools that is not getting enough attention, perhaps because it is not quantified: hate-laced speech against Muslims that is being normalized and accepted by children. This includes my own children, and it breaks my heart."

Trump Administration Sued Over Rollback of School Lunch Standards

A coalition of states and advocacy organizations sued the Trump administration on Wednesday over its rollback of school nutritional standards championed by the former first lady Michelle Obama that required students be served healthier meals.

Joy to the World! 10 Children’s Music CDs of Love, Peace, & Silliness | ClefNotes

From Sonia De Los Santos's ¡Alegría!, which explores joy and happiness, to Ginalina's It Takes a Village to Legion of Peace: Songs Inspired by Nobel Laureates by Lori Henriques Quintet featuring Joey Alexander, many of this season’s children’s music selections are filled with thoughtful positivity. But there’s still plenty of room for goofiness and whimsy, as Tom Mason and the Blue Baccaneers' If You Want To Be a Pirate and The Story Pirates' Nothing Is Impossible demonstrate.