U.S.-born Hispanics lead in jobs report
For the first time in more than two decades, Hispanics who are immigrants hold fewer jobs in the United States than those who are born in this country. This change is happening because it is now harder for immigrants to enter and find jobs in the United States, and because a new generation of U.S.-born Hispanics is entering the U.S. workforce, according to a new report from the Pew Research Center. This information comes as politicians are focusing more and more on immigration and job recovery as the midterm elections for Congress and state offices are coming this fall. As the nation's largest ethnic or racial minority, Hispanic voters are an important voting bloc for both parties, making up 17 percent of the nation's population and 15 percent of the labor force in 2011, according to the U.S. Census Bureau and the Labor Department. .
Amid Common core, D.C. makes change
The District of Columbia public school system, one of the first districts in the country to evaluate teachers using student test scores, announced Thursday that it would suspend the practice while students adjust to new tests based on Common Core standards. Chancellor Kaya Henderson announced the decision, saying officials are concerned it wouldn't be fair to use the new tests until a baseline is established and any complications are worked out. The District has fired hundreds of teachers under the system.
Assange marks 2nd year at embassy
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is marking the second anniversary of his stay in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London, saying he has no intention of returning to Sweden where he faces allegations of sexual misconduct. As supporters chanted slogans outside the embassy, Assange maintained he didn't want to go to Sweden because he had no guarantee he wouldn't subsequently be sent to the United States, where an investigation into WikiLeaks' dissemination of hundreds of thousands of classified U.S. documents remains live. Ecuador's Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino said Thursday that Assange can stay at the embassy "for as long as necessary" and there would be no attempt to force him back to Sweden.