Education Roadblocks for Kids With Disabilities

Education Roadblocks for Kids With Disabilities

Only a little more than half of New York City students with disabilities graduated high school in 2021, significantly less than the 81% graduation rate citywide. This disparity could be largely attributed to the lack of support students with special needs are given in many schools. 

Russian Ukraine War Could Ignite Global Food Shortage

Russian Ukraine War Could Ignite Global Food Shortage

The Russian war against Ukraine is having worldwide consequences. In March, the United Nations food chief David Beasley warned that the war has created “a catastrophe on top of a catastrophe” and that we may see a food crisis worse than during the Second World War.

Afghan School Girls Denied Education AGAIN 

Afghan School Girls Denied Education AGAIN 

In March, school girls across Afghanistan put on their uniforms and headed off to class, returning after a seven-month ban enacted by the Taliban. Within hours, they were sent home.

Pole Heat Waves Raise a Red Flag!

Pole Heat Waves Raise a Red Flag!

Both the northern and southern poles experienced unprecedented heat waves over the same weekend in March. “This Antarctic heat wave definitely changes what we thought was possible for Antarctic weather,” Dr. Jonathan Wille, a postdoctoral researcher in polar meteorology at Université Grenoble Alpes in France, tweeted following the freak event. 

Meet an IndyKids Reporter… Zahra Latheef!

Meet an IndyKids Reporter… Zahra Latheef!

Twelve-year-old Zahra Latheef lives in Texas, where she has been homeschooled since kindergarten. She has been writing for IndyKids for just over two years now. Zahra is also a budding audio journalist and took part in the recent IndyKids Climate Series Podcast.

Someday You Could Be… An Editor Like John Tarleton

Someday You Could Be… An Editor Like John Tarleton

John Tarleton is the editor in chief of the New York-based Indypendent newspaper, which he also co-founded in 2000. John also co-hosts a weekly news radio show on WBAI. The Indypendent is the largest progressive newspaper in New York.

Who Am I?

Who Am I?

I was born in New Iberia, La., on July 27, 1898.
Both of my parents died before I reached the fourth grade. I went to live with my grandmother, a former slave. I only ever received an elementary school education.

Getting Wild With…Hippopotamuses!

Getting Wild With…Hippopotamuses!

Hippopotamuses, which are native to Africa, are semi-aquatic animals, meaning that they live both in water and on land. An adult male hippo can weigh up to 9,000 pounds, but they are still very good swimmers. Hippo populations have been dropping due to habitat loss caused by climate change and hunting. As hippos are reliant on freshwater systems, they are often threatened by drought and the loss of grazing areas.

Our Diverse Books Are Under Attack!

Our Diverse Books Are Under Attack!

By Mikhail Razzak, age 13 and IndyKids staff

The number of book challenges in the United States rose from 156 in all of 2020 to 330 in just the fall of 2021, according to a new American Library Association report. Since January 2021, more than 30 states have introduced classroom censorship laws which regulate discussions and literature, according to PEN America.

“Don’t Say Gay” Bill Passes in Florida. What’s Next?

“Don’t Say Gay” Bill Passes in Florida. What’s Next?

By Jessie Mitnick, age 14

The Parental Rights in Education bill, which aims to restrict teachers’ ability to discuss or teach anything related to sexual orientation and gender identity within classrooms, was signed into law at the end of March by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. Supporters of the legislation say that it will improve parents’ ability to control the information that children receive regarding LGBTQ+ topics, therefore giving them increased parental control and authority. However, it has been dubbed the “Don’t Say Gay” law by critics because it could effectively eliminate people’s right to even mention something related to the LGBTQ+ community within a school environment.

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