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Ohio Schools Absorbing Puerto Rican Students in Wake of Hurricane

Whenever a world event forces people to move en masse, Ed Kennedy knows some of them inevitably end up in central Ohio. That is proving true yet again in the South-Western City Schools near Grove City, where Kennedy is the coordinator for services for English language learners. It’s been nine months since Hurricane Maria decimated Puerto Rico and left many people in the U.S. territory without electricity and belongings. So far, about 45 Puerto Rican children enrolled in South-Western this past school year, and 10 more have enrolled for next year since the summer began.

Q&A: Families Separated at the Border

Last month, U.S. Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions announced the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy of charging migrants in federal criminal court before their cases reach immigration court. When adults are taken to court, they are separated from their children, who are sent to shelters. Here's a guide to key issues concerning family separations.

Doctors Concerned About 'Irreparable Harm' to Separated Migrant Children

In South Texas, pediatricians started sounding the alarm weeks ago as migrant shelters began filling up with younger children separated from their parents after they crossed the U.S.-Mexico border illegally. The concerned pediatricians contacted Colleen Kraft, president of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and she flew to Texas and visited a shelter for migrant children in the Rio Grande Valley. There, she saw a young girl in tears. "She couldn't have been more than 2 years old," Kraft says. "Just crying and pounding and having a huge, huge temper tantrum. This child was just screaming, and nobody could help her. And we know why she was crying. She didn't have her mother. She didn't have her parent who could soothe her and take care of her."

Note: See more on this story from CNN and Fortune, as well as statements from the American Academy of Pediatrics and former First Lady Laura Bush

Behind The Latino College Degree Gap

Latino Americans, the largest and the fastest growing ethnic minority in the United States, are half as likely to hold a college degree as non-Hispanic white adults, an education gap that has been widening since 2000, according to a June 2018 report.

Chicago Public Library's After-School Program Serves Students Who Need It Most

New data shows that Chicago Public Library's free after-school homework program, the largest in the country, assists students who have "the greatest need for additional educational support," CPL announced in a news release Wednesday. Chicago Public Schools and Chapin Hall, the University of Chicago's policy and research center, found that students who use the Teacher in the Library program generally have lower standardized test scores than their peers before beginning the program, according to the news release. Further, 90.5 percent of participants receive free/reduced-price lunch, compared to 84.2 percent of their peers.

BookExpo 2018: Children's Authors Tell Booksellers: 'We Are All Dreamers Here'

Emcee Jacqueline Woodson set the tone right away for Friday morning’s children's book and author breakfast at BookExpo, explaining, "We're very intentional in the stories we are trying to tell. Through our narratives, we're trying to change this crazy world." The panel included Meg Medina, Dave Eggers, Jacqueline Woodson, Yuyi Morales and Viola Davis.

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor Writing Book About Kids with 'Life Challenges'

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor spoke Friday about a book she’s working on about kids with "life challenges," such as attention deficit disorder, autism, blindness and diabetes. Sotomayor, who was diagnosed with diabetes as a child, she said she wanted to write a book about "all of the common challenges, some visible and not so visible, that kids grow up in the world experiencing."

How I Made It: The Man Behind the 'Gooooooooool!'

With the World Cup starting this week, spectators will be hearing the iconic voice of Andrés Cantor everywhere. He's the lead play-by-play announcer for Spanish-language network Telemundo, which has the Spanish-language broadcast rights in the U.S. for the World Cup. While his voice may be familiar, many don't know Cantor's story. He grew up in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and moved to the United States as a young teen, where he later became one of the country's most well-known sports broadcasters on Spanish-language television.