Roots of Cinco de Mayo.

In his book “The Cinco de Mayo: An American Tradition,” scholar David Hayes-Bautista examines the history of today’s holiday celebration. He reveals that Cinco de Mayo, a holiday commemorating a Mexican victory over French invaders in 1862, is not really a festivity born in Mexico, but a celebration created in California by Latinos and Mexican […]

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Severe Punishment of Latino and African American Children Reported in Alabama

Javier Aparisi traveled to the town of Foley, on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico, where many of the complaints originated, and has this story. This report is part of American Graduate – Let’s Make It Happen! – a public media initiative to address the drop out crisis, supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

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Two Faces to Dual Immersion Schools in Arizona

In Arizona, dual language immersion programs are gaining momentum and demand among Anglo families in wealthier school districts, while dual immersion schools that cater to Latinos continue to face obstacles for funding and resources. Valeria Fernández reports.

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(Español) La Educación Preescolar gana terreno en el país. Nueva York, una apuesta vigente

(Español) Lo cierto es que los resultados que brindan en los menores de cuatro años de edad los programas de educación preescolar o pre-kinder saltan a la vista, y que su expansión en el nivel nacional, salvado el problema del financiamiento, se antoja no sólo posible sino necesaria también.

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High-speed Internet for Everyone.

Following on the steps of Houston, Los Angeles city officials are proposing to provide universal access to high-speed Internet to every resident and business. With 30 percent of the city not having access to Internet, city leaders are turning to the private sector for ideas on how to connect the entire city. An expert shared […]

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Supreme Court upholds Michigan’s affirmative action ban

The U.S. Supreme Court this week upheld the state of Michigan’s ban on affirmative action, which does not allow public universities to consider race, gender, ethnicity, or national origin when accepting new students. Six justices voted in favor of upholding the ban, and two against. Justice Sonia Sotomayor emphatically protested the decision.

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Biliteracy programs promoted in California

In six states, a Seal of Biliteracy is now available to high school graduates who can show they can speak, read and write in more than one language. California was the first state to offer the Seal, and now a coalition of community organizations and educators seek to encourage schools to set up bilingual and dual immersion programs. They argue that bilingual graduates are better prepared to work in a global economy and value other cultures. Our correspondent in Los Angeles, Rubén Tapia, reports from an elementary school in a district that was the first to design what is now the Seal of Biliteracy.

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(Español) Concluye hoy periodo de inscripción al pre-kindder en NY

(Español) Los niños que cumplan cuatro años el 31 de diciembre de este año pueden inscribirse en los programas de educación gratuitos que empezarán a ofrecerse a partir de septiembre, informó la televisora.

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Junot Díaz: “This Is How You Lose Her”.

A Dominican-American writer, Junot Díaz talks in this interview in Oakland, CA, about his most recent bestseller “This Is How You Lose Her,” a collection of stories about relationships gone sour. He won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for his novel “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.” This is a program repeat. Guest: […]

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The gift of biliteracy

Six states have passes laws promoting a Seal of Biliteracy, awarded to high school graduates who can demonstrate that they can read and write in more than one language. On a recent Linea Abierta show, a teacher and a student discussed the importance of making sure children become biliterate.

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