Esther Cepeda / Politics

Living in Patronizing Times

CHICAGO -- Whenever immigration matters heat up, a stream of "what it means" articles about potential Hispanic voting behavior is sure to follow. I suspect this happens because news outlets know that anything relating to the Latino vote is sure-...

Giving Teachers Their Voice

CHICAGO -- Teachers feel powerless.

This is the fundamental problem with education reform in America: The people who are most important in a child's classroom feel they are effectively without a voice.

When new teachers are concerned about their...

We Are What We Eat

CHICAGO -- Remember last year's hysteria over school lunches? Administrators, cafeteria workers, students and parents across the country freaked out when -- gasp! -- school lunches were made healthier.

News reports throughout the 2012-13 school ...

Tough Calls on Border Kids

CHICAGO -- Those who want to deport the border kids immediately and those who want to extend them protections have dug into their positions -- as if either course of action would suffice.

Those in the "help" camp are resolute -- to the point that...