audio by subject education immigration
EDUCATION FOR MIGRANTS – SIMULCAST WITH MICHOACÁN. Thousands of Mexican émigrés visit their families for the holidays and many take this opportunity to get their diploma for elementary or middle school. This special simulcast in conjunction with the twelve-station network of Radio Michoacán provides a report on these efforts. The program also reports on community centers that have been established in San Antonio, TX, to help migrants from Michoacán complete their high school education in Spanish.
Patricia Ramos, director for foreign affairs, Instituto Nacional para la Educación de los Adultos, Morelia, MX; Envida Reynoso Acosta, subdirectora de Planeación, Instituto de los Migrantes Michoacanos en el Extranjero, Morelia, MX.
60:26 minutes (55.33 MB)
59:08 minutes (54.14 MB)
"RACE TO THE TOP." More than 40 states have applied for about five billion dollars in funding for President Obama’s plan to overhaul the public education system. Under the plan, schools are required to close the student achievement gap and send more kids to college. Critics complain about the support for more charter schools and the stricter demands on teachers' performance. Chelis Lopez hosts this edition from San Francisco.
Guest: Santiago V. Wood, Executive Director; National Association for Bilingual Education (NABE), Washington DC, http://www.nabe.org/
ALSO, JUAREZ FAMILIES SEEK ASYLUM. After 16 teenagers were killed at a birthday party in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, family members crossed the border into El Paso, Texas to ask for asylum. This is the latest chapter in a saga of Mexican nationals fleeing from drug-trafficking violence in the region. Chelis Lopez hosts this edition from San Francisco.
Guest: Carlos Spector, Immigration Attorney, El Paso, TX
59:09 minutes (54.16 MB)
ETHNIC STUDIES BANNED. Even as Arizona’s immigration law SB 1070 is challenged in court, another law goes into effect that bans ethnic studies in the state. The law, that goes into effect January 1, prohibits educators from teaching about the history of the civil rights movement of Mexican-Americans. Eleven teachers are appealing the law.
Guests: Roberto Rodríguez, Assistant Professor of Mexican-American and Raza Studies, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, http://masrc.arizona.edu/ ; Manuel de Jesús Hernández, Associate Professor of Mexican-American Studies in Spanish, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, www.asu.edu ; Elvia Díaz, Reporter, Noticiero Latino, Radio Bilingüe, Phoenix, AZ, www.radiobilingue.org
59:06 minutes (54.12 MB)
FREEDOM UNIVERSITY. After the state of Georgia closed the doors of its most prestigious universities to undocumented students, a group of professors organized a college-level seminar called Freedom University. With top professors from prestigious schools nationwide as advisors, the classes are designed aimed to provide a sample of topnotch education to those who can’t enroll in college.
Guests: Beto "Cacao", Community activist, Athens, GA; Lorgia García Peña, Assistant Professor, Department of Romance Languages, University of Georgia, Athens, GA, http://www.uga.edu ; Gustavo Madrigal, Freedom University student, Atlanta, GA.
59:00 minutes (54.03 MB)
DISADVANTAGED KIDS. Almost half of Mexican immigrant teenagers in New York City are not enrolled in school, a higher proportion than any other immigrant group. Experts call it a “perfect storm of educational disadvantage”: Mexican immigration to the city is relatively new, many Mexican immigrants are undocumented, there are few tutoring programs targeted at them, and many believe a myth that undocumented youth cannot go to college. Who is tackling this ominous problem?
Guests: Ángelo Cabrera, President, Mexican-American Student Alliance (MASA), New York, NY, masany.org/new/ ; Benjamín Zapién, Mexican immigrant, New York, NY; Guillermo Linares, Assemblymember, New York State Assembly, Albany, NY, http://www.guillermolinares.com/
59:07 minutes (54.13 MB)
GUIDE FOR DREAMERS. A graduate student in California published a guide to help young undocumented students succeed after graduation. The Life After College Guide for Undocumented Students offers tips for these immigrants living in the shadows to legally open their own business, work as independent consultants, or finance postgraduate studies. Also, a group of high-tech leaders from California’s Silicon Valley are funding scholarships for undocumented young people to attend college.
Guests: Iliana Guadalupe Pérez, Student of Education Doctorate, Claremont Graduate University, and Author, Life After College Guide for Undocumented Students, Claremont, CA; Eva Grove, Board Member, The Grove Foundation, Los Altos, CA.