This Date, Sept. 4, 1957, In America’s Racial History

In this brief blog we will highlight two historical events that occurred on Sept. 4, 1957 and Sept 4, 1908.  Both are related to America’s Racial History. 

Sadly, in 2015 we are seeing the ugliness of racial hatred; we are seeing murders, brutal beatings and other vicious and discriminatory actions by vigilante citizens, thugs and the police. We are seeing political leaders, and those running for elected office who are using the language of racial hatred as stimulant. Some are appealing to the most depraved mentality, most ignorant and insecure segments of our society. Our legal system often and repeatedly lock up innocent black people (mostly men) for crimes they did not commit. Some of our leading politicians make statements and support actions that continue to inflame some of the unstable elements in our society.

Often missing from public discourse are the courageous and intelligent voices of media representatives who do not pander to the fringe elements, and who do not do whatever it takes to increase the ratings of their various media outlets.  It’s a frightening time because too few are alarmed by what is happening on the racial front and particularly in American media in 2015.  The noted exceptions are Public Broadcasting, The New York Times Editorial Board, and The Nation Magazine, in continuous publication since 1865.  If you have never seen this publication, we encourage you to check it out at: Started by Abolitionists in 1865, The Nation Magazine Marks … www.democracynow.org/…/started_by_abolitionists_in.

1On Sept. 4, 1957, Arkansas Gov. Orval Faubus called out the National Guard to prevent nine black students from entering Central High School in Little Rock.

Arkansas Troops Bar Negro Pupils; Governor Defiant

Faubus Wires Eisenhower He Will Not Cooperate With U.S. Agents in Little Rock- Decries ‘Interference’ – By BENJAMIN FINE

“Fully armed, the troops kept the Negroes from the school grounds while an angry crowd of 400 white men and women jeered, booed and shouted, “go home, niggers.” Several hundred militiamen, with guns slung over their shoulders, carrying gas masks and billy clubs, surrounded the school.

The nine Negro students said that they would again attempt to enter the all-white Central High School tomorrow morning.

The troops acted under direct orders of Gov. Orval E. Faubus. In a news conference in his office, Governor Faubus said he would not permit Negroes to enter white schools in this city, despite the order from the Federal District Court. He insisted that he was not flouting the court’s orders, but acting to preserve peace and to prevent bloodshed.” http://www.nytimes.com/learning/general/onthisday/big/0904.html#article

Little Rock High School, now Central High School National Historic Site, is a national emblem of the often violent struggle over school desegregation. Parting the Waters author Taylor Branch calls the Little Rock crisis “the most severe test of the Constitution since the Civil War.”

Three years after the Supreme Court’s Brown v. Board of Education decision, which officially ended public-school segregation, a federal court ordered Little Rock to comply. On September 4, 1957, Governor Orval Faubus defied the court, calling in the Arkansas National Guard to prevent nine African American students–“The Little Rock Nine”–from entering the building.

Can we imagine the courage it took for this student to walk into this building to the jeers and hateful screams of the white mob? This deserves a Pullitzer prize for bravery.

 One of the “Little Rock Nine” braves a jeering crowd
Photograph by and courtesy of Will Counts

Little Rock School Desegregation (1957)

Martin Luther King and the Global Freedom Struggle (with emphasis on the struggle here, in America)

http://kingencyclopedia.stanford.edu/encyclopedia/encyclopedia/enc_little_rock_school_desegregation_1957/

The governor did not allow the students to enter the school safely until Sept. 25, 1957; 21 days after they first arrived at the school per court order.  In the link below we invite you to learn about Sept 1957 in America.  What is going on in some of our suburban schools today 2015? What is happening in some of our communities? How are some children being treated even by teachers and school administrators? How are some of our financially strapped school districts being treated by the legislature?

Brave Hearts: Remembering the Little Rock Nine

Six decades after nine courageous teens integrated Little Rock Central High School, LIFE.com presents pictures — many of which never ran in LIFE magazine — from those ugly and, ultimately, inspiring days.

Arkansas National Guardsmen prevent African American students from entering Little Rock Central High School, September 1957.

 http://time.com/3874341/little-rock-nine-1957-photos/

2) RICHARD NATHANIEL WRIGHT

The brilliant writer, Richard Nathaniel Wright was born on Sept. 4, 1908 in America.

On On Sept. 4, 1908, something wonderful happened in America; the gifted writer, Richard Nathaniel Wright, whose books “Native Son” and “Black Boy” exposed the harsh effects of American racism, was born. Following his death on Nov. 28, 1960, his obituary appeared in The Times.   Read a more comprehensive report of Richard Wright’s life and his work at the article linked below.  It appeared in the New York Times in Nov. 30, 1960.  Richard Wright died in Paris at the age of 52.   Among his many other works which did not receive the acclaim of “Native Son” and “Black Boy”, but many of which are outstanding and insightful works are:  “The Outsider,” a philosophical novel; “Black Power,” his impressions of the Gold Coast of Africa; “The Color Curtain,”  “Pagan Spain,” and “White Man, Listen!” a lecture on the evils of racial injustice.  http://www.nytimes.com/learning/general/onthisday/bday/0904.html

You may learn much more about Richard Nathaniel Wright at:  Richard Wright’s Life http://www.english.illinois.edu/maps/poets/s_z/r_wright/wright_life.htm See more details of one of his outstanding works at:  Black Boy – A Teacher’s Guide for Secondary and Post Secondary Educators – by Jerry M. Ward http://www.newsreel.org/guides/richardw.htm

See also Black Past, Richard Wright 1908 – 1960:  http://www.blackpast.org/aah/wright-richard-1908-1960

Richard Wright Biography – Author, Journalist, Poet (1908–1960)

Pioneering African-American writer Richard Wright is best known for the classic texts Black Boy and Native Son.
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The Paradigm of Expectations: Major Barrier to Blacks/Girls

In this OneWorld blog Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson talks about the “paradigm of expectations” as being an outstanding barrier to girls/women and blacks in pursuing and achieving goals in Math, Science (Neurophysics), and anything outside of white America’s expectations.   Tyson - Apollo 40th anniversary 2009.jpg

Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson is an Astrophysicist. He was born in 1958 in New York City, United States.   His main fields of study are Astrophysics, physical cosmology, and science communication.

Education: Harvard University A.B.); University of Texas at Austin (M.A.); Columbia University (M.Phil., Ph.D.)  Among his many honors is the Public Welfare Medal*** (received in 2015).  He is married with two children.

***The Public Welfare Medal is awarded by the U.S. National Academy of Sciences “in recognition of distinguished contributions in the application of science to the public welfare.” It is the most prestigious honor conferred by the Academy. First awarded in 1914, the medal has been awarded annually since 1976 (This material from Wikipedia)

Please watch this 3:32 mins YouTube video discussion linked below with  Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson as he talks about the “paradigm of expectations” — an outstanding barrier to girls/women and blacks in pursuing and achieving goals in Math, Science (Neurophysics), and anything outside of white America’s expectations: https://youtu.be/z7ihNLEDiuM   

What is truly amazing, discouraging, and even frightening, is that a few years ago (either in 2010 or 2011), in New Haven, CT, when I arrived to serve as a judge at Yale University’s Science Fair, I was one of only two black judges among the 106 judges! This is in New Haven, CT.  There are black science teachers in Connecticut and in New Haven (SCSU & NHPS have such teachers).

I had worked at Yale School of Medicine’s Transplant Dept since Feb. 1997. I was in the science classes at the high schools and colleges throughout southern CT since then. Yet, it was not until 2010 that I was invited (by the science coordinator from NHPS) to participate as a judge. I spoke up very strongly about the fact that I was one of only two black judges. Of course, I appreciate being invited.  The fact that two of us were there showed that there was now an effort being made.  It also says a great deal about our society. The fact that there were no black judges previously did not seem to have even been a thought.  This was the norm.  I don’t think anyone said, let’s not invite any black judges; not at all.   What is worse is that it did not even seem apparent; those in charge in previous years might even been unaware that it is important to have judges that represent the student body of our public schools.   Math and Science are the provinces of white educators. These are who are normally at the table. There are certain areas in which black people are not considered to be included; even though a few of us teach in those areas; we are outside of the norm of expectations.   For the few of us who are there,  we are invisible; we do not register in the consciousness of many who are doing the inviting.  We are not perceived by the planners to be a central or integral part of the whole.   Interestingly, the first thing I noticed my first year was that there were no black judges except for one male.  Of course, by raising it as an issue, we run the risk of being considered cantankerous; making an issue when there is none. We might even be labeled troublemakers.

In an effort to increase the number of Black and Hispanic judges for subsequent years, I spoke to several potential judges (of color) from the business community.  I was not able to identify higher level Hispanic/Latinos science teachers in our local public schools, at UNH, SCSU or Quinnipiac.  I find that hard to believe; however, the search needs to start withing those institutions.  If, in fact, such teachers are not there, we — as a society– need to ask, why are they not there?  Again, it comes down to normal inclusion.  Sometimes, we are so accustomed to not being included in such activities that we exclude ourselves. In 2014 we had 6 Black judges at the Yale University Science Fair. I did not serve in 2015; I did not get an invitation. I hope this year there were at least 10 black judges and Hispanic/Latino judges.

After  watching and listening carefully to what the brilliant Dr. Tyson has to say in the 3:32 mins video, please share it with parents, teachers, and anyone with whom you have meaningful contact.  Ask yourself —  what can I do to change America’s paradigm of expectations and give equal access to all American’s? N’Zinga Shäni

Ben Carson

 Ben Carson Biography: Journalist, Surgeon,  Philanthropist (Born Sept. 18, 1951–)   “Ben Carson overcame his troubled youth in inner-city Detroit to become a gifted neurosurgeon famous for his work separating conjoined twins.”  

 His mother Sonya was very poor; she married at age 13 and  had only a 3rd grade education.  She worked as a domestic servant to support her two boys.  She also taught her boys that anything was possible.  This is important for all children, but especially for poor, Black, Hispanic and other disenfranchised children.  They need to know that all good things are possible; that they can set or envision goals and achieve them. Your parents can be poor and uneducated; yet, you can succeed.  Ben Carson had thoughts of a career in medicine, though it was more of a fantasy many young children harbor as they grow up.  However, because his family was on medical assistance, they would have to wait for hours to be seen by one of the interns at the hospital.  “Ben would listen to the pulse of the hospital as doctors and nurses went about their routines.”

“Occasionally, there’d be an emergency and he could hear in people’s voices and in their quick movements the pace and emotions rise to meet the challenge. He’d hear the PA system call for a “Dr. Jones” and fantasized that one day they’d be calling for a “Dr. Carson.” He was right, and they certainly did.   He made important medical history.  Dr. Ben Carson is currently campaigning for US President  on the Republican Party ticket.  Learn more about him here: http://www.biography.com/people/ben-carson-475422

Mae C. JemisonMae C. Jemison Biography – Astronaut, Doctor (Born Oct. 17, 1956–Mae C. Jemison was born in Decatur, Alabama. On June 4, 1987, she became the first African-American woman to be admitted into the astronaut training program. On September 12, 1992, Jemison finally flew into space with six other astronauts aboard the Endeavour on mission STS47, becoming the first African-American woman in space. In recognition of her accomplishments, Jemison has received several awards and honorary doctorates. Learn more about her here: http://www.biography.com/people/mae-c-jemison-9542378

Below is a link to other prominent Black Scientists; please visit the link to learn more: http://www.biography.com/people/groups/famous-black-scientists  

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Common Core: Important in the Battle of Skills V Knowledge

“High-stakes testing isn’t the only problem, and it’s time for schools to change their approach.” OneWorld could not agree more and encourage parents, teachers, education administrators and community leaders to read the NY Times op-ed article by Natalie Wexler, that is linked below. It offers great value to our society. At least, for those who have been opposing the Common Core, think carefully about the arguments put forward here; contemplate costs and benefits.  We need to revamp teacher training, standard mindset and preparation Now! As parents, educators, community leaders, and as advocates for the poor, we strongly believe that the Common Core Is Important in the Battle of Skills Vs. Knowledge.

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All of the highlights and emphases in the op-ed listed below were inserted by OneWorld.  The entire article could have been highlighted; the information is all important.  Please feel free to post comments here on our blog site, and please share this link (for this specific blog) with others: http://oneworldpi.org/blog/archives/3231 We welcome your comments.

How Common Core Can Help in the Battle of Skills vs. Knowledge

Washington — STANDARDIZED tests are commonly blamed for narrowing the school curriculum to reading and math. That’s one reason Congress is considering changes in the law that could lead states to put less emphasis on test scores. But even if we abolished standardized tests tomorrow, a majority of elementary schools would continue to pay scant attention to subjects like history and science.

Consider this: In 1977, 25 years before No Child Left Behind ushered in the era of high-stakes testing, elementary school teachers spent only about 50 minutes a day on science and social studies combined. True, in 2012, they spent even less time on those subjects — but only by about 10 minutes.

The root cause of today’s narrow elementary curriculum isn’t testing, although that has exacerbated the trend. It’s a longstanding pedagogical notion that the best way to teach kids reading comprehension is by giving them skills — strategies like “finding the main idea” — rather than instilling knowledge about things like the Civil War or human biology.

Many elementary students spend hours practicing skills-based strategies, reading a book about zebras one day and a story about wizards the next, flitting among subjects.

That’s a problem for all students: Spending hours finding the main idea can get pretty boring. But it’s a particular problem for low-income students, because they’re the least likely to acquire the kind of knowledge they need at home.Skills are important. However, as the cognitive scientist Daniel T. Willingham and others have demonstrated, you can’t improve reading comprehension just by practicing free-floating skills. For students to understand what they’re reading, they need relevant background knowledge and vocabulary.
The education theorist E. D. Hirsch Jr. has argued for 30 years that elementary schools need to focus on knowledge. Mr. Hirsch’s ideas were long dismissed as encouraging a reactionary cultural tradition, but they are now beginning to command new respect among education reformers. And that’s largely because of the new Common Core education standards, currently in effect in more than 40 states and the District of Columbia.While critics blame the Common Core for further narrowing curriculums, the authors of the standards actually saw them as a tool to counteract that trend.  They even included language stressing the importance of “building knowledge systematically.But that language has gone largely unnoticed.
 
The standards themselves — and the Common Core-aligned tests that many students nationwide first took this past spring — don’t specify what knowledge students should learn in each grade, because they’re designed to be used across the country. And in the United States, a school’s curriculum is a matter of local control. Most educators, guided by the standards alone, have continued to focus on skills.As Mr. Willingham has argued, all reading comprehension tests are really “knowledge tests in disguise.” Rather than assessing kids on material they’ve actually been taught, the tests give them passages and questions on a seemingly random assortment of topics. The more general knowledge a student has, the better her chances.  The old tests, which varied from state to state, were generally easier to game — for example, by eliminating obviously wrong multiple choice answers. The new tests ask students to read more sophisticated passages and then cite evidence from them in their answers. That’s hard to do if you don’t have enough knowledge to understand the passages in the first place.The advantages of a knowledge-rich curriculum aren’t just a matter of speculation. A foundation started by Mr. Hirsch in 1986 has developed just such a curriculum, Core Knowledge Language Arts, that is used in elementary schools across the country. A recent pilot program in New York City public schools showed that elementary students in schools that used C.K.L.A. outperformed their peers in reading, science and social studies.

More recently, we’ve seen evidence that a knowledge-focused curriculum can lead to better results on Common Core-aligned tests, which New York began using two years ago. Two high-performing charter networks in New York City — Success Academy and Icahn — both rely on a content-rich approach.

Some charter schools and traditional public school districts across the country have started to retool their approach. New York State has developed a free online curriculum that has been downloaded nearly 20 million times.

More schools may follow suit if scores from the spring tests, set to arrive this fall, plummet, even for many schools that were previously considered high-achieving. But engineering the switch from skills to knowledge will take real effort.

Schools will need to develop coherent curriculums and adopt different ways of training teachers and evaluating progress. Because the federal government can’t simply mandate a focus on knowledge, change will need to occur piecemeal, at the state, school district or individual school level.

While standardized tests didn’t cause the curriculum to narrow, they’re a useful reminder that some students have acquired a lot less knowledge than others. But if we want to finally begin to remedy that, we can’t just teach the skills the tests seem to call for.

Natalie Wexler writes about public education in Washington, D.C., at DC Eduphile and Greater Greater Washington.

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http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/28/opinion/how-common-core-can-help-in-the-battle-of-skills-vs-knowledge.html 

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Poverty Leads to Condemnation of Poor Americans

Maryland’s Secy of Housing, Kenneth C. Holt, wants to loosen state lead paint poisoning laws for the benefit of landlords.  He states that present laws could motivate a mother to deliberately poison her child to obtain free housing.  According to an article in the Baltimore Sun (linked below), he told an audience at the Maryland Association of Counties summer convention: that a mother could just put a lead fishing weight in her child’s mouth, then take the child in for testing and a landlord would be liable for providing the child with housing until the age of 18.
As so many other Republicans do, Mr. Holt seems to think that people chose to be poor so that they can steal and cheat their way through life; therefore, it’s the responsibility of GOP appointees to protect the rich (landlords, etc) from the devious, scheming poor people.
It’s Condemnation of the Poor by the Rich and Powerful.  If there are mothers who would do such a despicable thing–  just think of how desperate they must be?  Poverty is a heavy load.  America is fully capable of reducing poverty; so why is it that 50 years after the war on poverty more Americans are poor in 2015, than in 1965?  We invite you to read the entire article in the Baltimore Sun linked below.

We call your attention to the fact that strict Lead Paint Laws led to a lowering of lead paint poisoning; this is mainly because such laws required landlords to clean out lead paint from their older rental properties. That is documented in the second article from Sept. 2014, as well as from many other sources.   OneWorld Progressive Institute, Inc., strongly suggests that Mr. Kenneth C. Holt do some research of his own and learn about the effects of lead paint on children.  For someone with such a responsible position he should not depend on the words of ‘a developer’ who might have his own selfish and malicious motives to make reckless and FALSE claims.

http://www.baltimoresun.com/features/green/blog/bs-md-lead-poisoning-cases-20140925-story.html

1) “Tiny doses of lead cause subtle damage to the developing brains of children that can trigger learning disabilities and violent behavior later in life. Studies show every dollar spent on prevention saves hundreds of dollars in the form of greater lifetime earnings and reduced costs to taxpayers for health care, special education and law enforcement.” Chicago Tribune, May 1, 2015

2). Lead is a very strong poison. When a person swallows a lead object or breathes in lead dust, some of the poison can stay in the body and cause serious health problems. Lead used to be very common in gasoline and house paint in the U.S. Children living in cities with older houses are more likely to have high levels of lead.  https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/002473.htm

3).  Lead Paint Poisons Poor Chicago kids as City Spends Millions Less on Cleanup:  May 2015: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/watchdog/ct-lead-poisoning-chicago-met-20150501-story.html

4).  Learn About Lead: 

     http://www2.epa.gov/lead/learn-about-lead

“Gov. Larry Hogan’s top housing official said Friday that he wants to look at loosening state lead paint poisoning laws, saying they could motivate a mother to deliberately poison her child to obtain free housing.

Kenneth C. Holt, secretary of Housing, Community and Development, told an audience at the Maryland Association of Counties summer convention here that a mother could just put a lead fishing weight in her child’s mouth, then take the child in for testing and a landlord would be liable for providing the child with housing until the age of 18.

Pressed afterward, Holt said he had no evidence of this happening but said a developer had told him it was possible. “This is an anecdotal story that was described to me as something that could possibly happen,” Holt said. This is reckless and irresponsible.  One developer allegedly made this malicious and prejudicial statement and, based upon that single voice, Mr. Holt is ready to protect wealthy landlords and condemn thousands of poor children to hazardous living environments!

Lt. Gov. says housing chief had not expressed lead paint concerns to Hogan administration Lt. Gov. says housing chief had not expressed lead paint concerns to Hogan administration

“He offered no specific proposals, but said he hoped to limit the liability of landlords in lead paint cases. He said his department is working with the Maryland Department of the Environment to draft legislation for the 2016 General Assembly session.

Health advocates reacted by saying they would fight any effort to weaken lead paint protections — and Holt’s suggestion that parents might poison their children to gain housing benefits provoked outrage.” 

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/bs-md-lead-liability-20150814-stroy.html

Lead Poisoning Statistics Hold Steady, State Plans New Efforts

(Baltimore Sun, Sept 28, 2014)

“The decades-long decline in lead-poisoned children in Maryland has essentially stalled, but state officials said Thursday they are taking steps in the coming months to address gaps in the marathon effort to eliminate the environmental health threat.

Statewide, 2,622 youngsters up to age 6 were found to have harmful levels of lead in their blood last year, according to an annual report just released by the Maryland Department of the Environment. That’s down 4 percent from 2012, though the number of children with seriously elevated lead levels grew slightly, from 364 to 371.

Exposure to even minute amounts of lead can harm still-developing brains and nervous systems of young children, leading to learning and behavioral problems.

The number of childhood lead poisoning cases has decreased 98 percent since 1994, when the state passed a law targeting rental homes built before 1950 — the year Baltimore city banned the use of lead paint. The vast majority of poisoned children were, and still are, in the city.

In recent years, cases have increasingly turned up in homes not covered by the law, state officials say. A majority of serious poisoning cases last year occurred either in owner-occupied homes or in rental homes built between 1950 and 1978, the year lead paint was finally banned for household use everywhere in Maryland.

Under a law passed two years ago, owners of an estimated 250,000 rental units built between those years will be required to register by Jan. 1 with the state. Whenever one of those units turns over, the landlord will be required to ensure there is no peeling, chipping or flaking paint that might be ingested by infants or toddlers.

Landlords also must notify all current tenants that they should report deteriorating paint to the state.

“The state is also preparing to take over enforcement of a federal regulation requiring all painting and home improvement contractors to take precautions against lead-paint dust when doing repairs or renovations in all housing. Horacio Tablada, land management director for the environment department, said he expects to issue proposed regulations soon for training and certifying contractors, and finalize them early next year.”

Ruth Ann Norton, president of the Green and Healthy Homes Initiative, hopes the state actions will make a difference.

“This allows us to get to those kids that we haven’t been able to get to with protection,” she said of expanded state oversight of rental homes and home repairs and renovations.

But she also urged officials not to neglect the vast majority of youngsters with relatively low levels of lead in their bodies.

Bear in mind that this article was published in Sept. 2014, before Republican Gov. Larry Hogan took office. Mr. Holt’s effort is to ensure the protections described here are not enforced.   Please read the complete article linked below. http://www.baltimoresun.com/features/green/blog/bs-md-lead-poisoning-cases-20140925-story.html

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August 16-22, 2015: CT Tax-Free Back-to-School Shopping

Save on Back-To-School Shopping During Tax-Free Week.  Also get information in English and Spanish about registering children in New Haven Public Schools (NHPS), and learn how to get help navigating the system. See OneWorld’s short and very informative video about finding the help you need.  Bilingual staff available to help all parents in NHPS. 

Connecticut’s 15th annual tax-free shopping week begins this Sunday, August 16, and runs through next Saturday, August 22, 2015.

Tax-free week is a great time to get a head start on all your back-to-school shopping needs.

During this week the sales tax will be waived on all individual clothing and footwear purchases priced under $100.

Tax-free week also applies to online purchases made at Amazon or other Internet retailers.

Clothing rentals under $100 for special occasions will also be tax-free throughout the week.

  • There is no limit to the number of items that can be purchased tax-free so long as the final price at the register is under $100 for each individual item.
  • This benefit also applies to items discounted below $100 by sales in the store or coupons you may haveExample: an item is priced at $139.00; normally, it would not be eligible for the tax-free sale; however, if you have a coupon for $40.00, that reduces the price to $99.00; that item is now eligible for the tax-free sale.  Find and use store, online, and manufacturers’ coupons to maximize your savings.
  • Connecticut shoppers are expected to save as much as $6 million this year thanks to tax-free week.
  • Plan your shopping to take advantage of these savings of 6.35 percent in sales tax, plus store sales planned specifically for this week.  A little advanced planning can bring great savings for those college students with formal events planned for the fall season. 

It is School Registration time.  OneWorld brings you information about registration in New Haven Public Schools.  Linked below is a short video and written information in English and Spanish that will help you to navigate the school system.

Education Agenda – It’s School Registration Time

  • Navigating NHPS Registration System w/Daniel Diaz
  • This 10 mins video gives parents key information they need regarding:
  • Orientation, Transportation, Language Assistance, etc for NHPS
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Información para Familias Hispanic/Latino

Orden del día de la educación – es tiempo de registro escolar La navegación de Sistema de Registro de NHPS w/Daniel Diaz Este 10 vídeo de minutos da la información de la llave de padres en cuanto a la cual necesitan: Orientación, Transporte, Ayuda de la Lengua, Información de contacto, etc. para NHPS. Invierta 10 minutos y consiga que la información vital haga el registro de su hijo fácil. Familias hispanas, el Sr. Diaz habla español; también es un abogado paternal. https://youtu.be/4GlaEua4yjA

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