MONDAY, FEBRUARY 17.
PROGRAM # 7181 12:00 PM PT
Immigration Reform Woes, Minimum Wage Hike. One week after releasing standards for immigration reform, Republican congressional leaders refuse to schedule a vote and dismissed reform for this year. Meantime, Senate Republicans advance restrictive bills impacting immigrant youth, including one against child tax credit and one barring in-state tuition. Invited guests also comment on President Obama’s executive order to increase the hourly minimum wage paid by federal contractors and efforts in Congress to pass a bill hiking the minimum wage for all workers.
Guests: Héctor Barreto Jr, Chairman, The Latino Coalition, Washington, DC, www.thelatinocoalition.com; others TBA.
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 18.
PROGRAM # 7182 12:00 PM PT
North American Summit in Mexico. President Obama, President Peña Nieto and Prime Minister Harper meet in Toluca, near Mexico City, for an annual summit. While a number of issues ranging from trade to citizen security have been announced, it is expected that Peña Nieto’s reforms of Mexico’s energy market and foreign investments in Mexico’s oil industry will be central to the agenda. A leading political scientist and a journalist covering the summit comment on the meeting and on Mexico’s reforms.
Guest: Alfredo Corchado, Correspondent, The Dallas Morning News, Mexico City; Denise Dresser, Professor at ITAM, columnist, Mexico City.
Common Core: Ready? This year 45 states and the District of Columbia are starting to use the new Common Core State Standards for English language and math. The education initiative was designed to revamp the way schools teach and assess students, placing less emphasis on memorization and more on critical thinking, reasoning and problem solving. It seeks to prepare students for life after high school. Texas and four other states have decided against the standards. Some question that the standards were never field-tested, and students and teachers are being expected to do more and do it more quickly. Latino leaders are concerned about the impact on ELL and Latino students, who are traditionally underperforming in math and English. In this program, education leaders offer different views.
Guests: Gabriela Uro, Manager, ELL Policy and Research, Council of the Great City Schools, Washington, DC, www.cgcs.org; Leo Gómez, President, National Association for Bilingual Education, Professor, Bilingual and Bicultural Education, University of Texas Panamerican, Edinburg, TX, www.nabe.org.
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 20.
PROGRAM # 7184 12:00 PM PT
ConnectED. President Obama announced a new initiative called ConnectED, designed to connect 99 per cent of students to the Internet through high-speed broadband and high-speed wireless within five years. The leader of this program shares details.
Guest: Richard Culatta, Director, Office of Educational Technology and Lead on ConnectED Initiative, U.S. Department of Education, Washington, DC. (TBC)
Also, Restoring Net Neutrality. A number of Latino groups are urging Congress and the Federal Communications Commission to act to protect the open Internet and prevent online censorship and discrimination after a federal court struck down the net neutrality rules. A leading advocate gives his views.
Guest: Steven Renderos, National organizer, Center for Media Justice, New York, NY, www.centerformediajustice.org; Alex Nogales, President and CEO, National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC), Pasadena, CA, www.nhmc.org
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 21.
PROGRAM # 7185 12:00 PM PT
Mexico Edition. Martha Elena Ramírez hosts the program Voz Pública from Mexico City. The civic journalist brings news and analysis on Mexican developments.