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How one Queens school became a haven for children fleeing Central America

In one of the poorest neighborhoods on the very edge of New York City, the Queens High School for Information, Research and Technology took in more undocumented arrivals than any other school in New York. Read at Chalkbeat.

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Undocumented teens struggle to balance high school with working the night shift

Students who work overnight jobs sleep for just a few hours before heading into classes at a Queens high school. New York Labor Law says 14-15 year olds can work only from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., but their employers flout the law. Read at Chalkbeat.

It’s not just school supplies. Some teachers buy their own classroom furniture, too

Some teachers have resorted to crowdfunding sites in order to purchase the most basic of classroom essentials: desks and chairs. Read at The Fresno Bee.

Online quizzes are gaining popularity in classes. Some students are hacking them

As Kahoot has exploded in popularity in classrooms, some students have taken to programming bots to spam their class quizzes, with the aim of halting the quiz, flashing an inappropriate name onscreen or getting the answer key. Read at the Fresno Bee.

Should student teachers have to pay for in-classroom experience?

Teaching students at Fresno State are crying foul over a policy that requires them to pay 12 percent of their paychecks back to the university. Read at The Fresno Bee.

California Moves, Haltingly, Toward a Post-Lawn Future

The last drought caused many Californians to rip out their lawns, creating patchworked neighborhoods where desert landscaping runs into dirt lots. But some now believe the emergency is over. Read at CityLab.

Looking for childcare? Be ready for waitlists, high costs and to quit your job

The daycare shortage affects both middle- and working-class families, the latter of whom face waits for subsidies while the former shoulder steep tuition costs for full-time care. Both groups have to contend with a scarcity of openings in licensed programs. Read at the Fresno Bee.

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My dictator: Slobodan Milosevic

Like hearing that the sky is actually purple, or that penguins are mythological creatures, the truth runs counter to everything they’d heard before, and all that the people around them believed. Read at Popula.

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These Rebel Reporters Harnessed ’90s Dial-Up Internet to Resist a Nationalist Dictator

When rhetoric wasn’t enough, Milosevic and his allies would literally stop the presses, manufacturing newsprint and paper shortages, or offering up other reasons to halt publication. Read at Narratively.

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I Won The Diversity Immigrant Visa Program That Trump Wants To End

All families in distress try to shield their children first. And mine couldn’t possibly explain to me that war had led to hyperinflation and sanctions, which were starving the country. Read at BuzzFeed.

Fresno is a book desert, and the effect on kids is 'devastating'

During the school year, Fresno Unified has an average of 15 books per student, a number the California School Library Association categorizes as “making progress.” But like most districts, Fresno Unified doesn’t keep its libraries open during the summer. Some summer school classes have classroom libraries that are available to students, but for all others, the only way to get a book is to buy or borrow one. Read at the Fresno Bee.


Review: Black Sugar by Miguel Bonnefoy

Read at Necessary Fiction


Review: Queen of Spades by Michael Shou-Yung Shum

Read at Necessary Fiction

For teens in juvenile hall, a new book club is a place to relax – and an opportunity

The teenage detainees at the Juvenile Justice Center in Fresno don’t have a lot of choices – certainly not about what time they wake up to begin their day with stretches and push-ups, nor how long they can linger over breakfast before they go to classes, nor, on weekends, whether they clean up their cells. But once a month, they choose to discuss literature. Read at the Fresno Bee.


Essay: Meal Prepping Helped Me Deal with My Anxiety, Then Made it Worse

Read at Bon Appetit