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LatinaLista — There has always been talk of redesigning the high school curriculum to help close the achievement gap that persists between Anglo students and Latino and black students. Yet Berkeley High School is doing something that, while it is meant to have good intentions behind it, amounts to nothing more than dumbing down the […]

LatinaLista — What’s the difference between Latino students of one high school versus “Spanish students” at another? The quick assumption would be that they are the same — all Hispanic students. Yet, that’s not true in this case. While the Latino students of Danbury High School are Hispanic, the Spanish students from Joel Barlow High […]

LatinaLista — Today’s Spotlight on a non-profit serving the Latino community is Avance. Since 1973, AVANCE has helped parents prepare their children for school by focusing on what parents can do during the critical first three years of their child’s life. AVANCE primarily serves Hispanic families in low-income, at-risk communities. It has grown into over […]

LatinaLista — One longstanding tradition among Mexican-American families at Christmastime is making tamales. Usually a day-long event, each member of the family, from the youngest to the oldest, is assigned a special job to help make the process go faster and more fun. Growing Up with Tamales, by Gwendolyn Zepeda is a bilingual tale published […]

LatinaLista — If you’ve been out shopping, you might have noticed that the Salvation Army Christmas ringers are already out in full force with their red kettles. With such dismal results last year, it only makes sense that they get an early start this year. Donations weren’t what they used to be for their Angel […]

LatinaLista — Earlier this month, the Pew Hispanic Center released a report titled The Changing Pathways of Hispanic Youths Into Adulthood. While not a lot of the statistics cited in the report were new — Latino students still lag behind their peers when it comes to high school graduation rates, college completion, high Latina teenage […]

LatinaLista — In my 17 years of journalism covering issues that impact the Latino community, the saddest stories I’ve covered have had to do with teenage pregnancy. Not for the fact that these young Latinas got pregnant and found themselves now as mothers because, in the majority of the interviews I’ve conducted over the years, […]

LatinaLista — Last night’s outburst by South Carolina Representative Joe Wilson where he shouted, “You lie” to President Obama during Obama’s joint address to Congress was quickly condemned by members on both sides of the aisle in the only strong show of bipartisanship visible last night. Former President Bush and current President Obama Since then, […]