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For Black History Month, A Look at New Music with Afro-Latinx Roots

Alt.Latino shares some great new music in celebration of Black History Month: songs with a musical or cultural connection to Africa and Latin America — which is not hard to do given the dark historical shadow of the slave trade in the Americas. This week, we pull some tracks aside that reflect the connection in ways that would surprise.

Latino Teachers Face Stereotypes, Are Asked to 'Prove Their Worth,' Report Says

In a new report, Latino teachers say they have unique strengths that benefit their students and the whole school—but that sometimes hamper their own professional success. The report, released by The Education Trust, tells the stories of Latino teachers who say they want to advocate for their students, which might mean incorporating the Spanish language or Latino culture into their classrooms or accepting the added responsibilities of being a translator. But when they do this work, they say, they are viewed as being inferior teachers or only good for Latino students—and that they are overlooked for advancement opportunities.

An Education Community in Turmoil Looks to Its Interim Leader for Stability

It was supposed to be a day like any other for Amanda Alexander. The District’s chief of elementary schools ran 3½ miles on the treadmill and arrived at work with plans to visit two schools and meet with some of her ­deputies. But then Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) summoned Alexander in the morning with a startling question: Would she be willing to run the entire D.C. Public Schools system? Chancellor Antwan Wilson was being forced to resign, and Bowser needed someone immediately to take charge for the rest of the school year. Alexander accepted and, by late Tuesday afternoon, became interim chancellor of a system engulfed in two scandals, one involving graduation policy and the other the school lottery.

Parkland Students Want to Know: Will the Shooting at Their School Change Gun Laws?

Students and community members grieving the largest mass shooting at an American high school express a common sentiment that’s as much a challenge as it is a prediction: Nothing will change. Now grief and anger are driving students in Parkland to ask tough questions of the adults responsible for protecting them.

Navajo President: Go To College, Then Bring That Knowledge Home

Tommy Rock has had three graduations — high school, college and graduate school. And no one from his family was there — no one to cheer for him, no one to take his picture. And when he came home to Monument Valley, few really cared. After Rock graduated from high school, he did what everyone else did in Monument Valley: He worked in the tourism industry. But he had his sights set on college.

A Mister Rogers Postage Stamp, and a Legacy That’s Anything but Make-Believe

In the over three decades he hosted the children's television show "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood,' Fred Rogers conveyed virtue and kindness with his signature zippered cardigans and puppet friends. Next month, the United States Postal Service will immortalize Mr. Rogers, who died of cancer in 2003, alongside cultural and political icons such as Elvis, Big Bird and former presidents, when it introduces a Forever postage stamp with his portrait.

Announcing This Year's Arbuthnot Honor Lecture Recipient: Debbie Reese

The May Hill Arbuthnot Lecture is an annual event featuring an author, critic, librarian, historian or teacher of children’s literature, of any country, who shall prepare a paper considered to be a significant contribution to the field of children’s literature.  This paper is delivered as a lecture each April, and is subsequently published in Children and Libraries, the journal of ALSC. Blogger and educator Debbie Reese, PhD, founder of American Indians in Children's Literature (AICL) blog, will deliver the 2019 May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture.

Puerto Rico's Education System Hangs in the Balance Amid Hurricane Maria Exodus

More than 50,000 students are expected to leave Puerto Rico for the mainland to continue their education. With hundreds of schools expected to close, the mass exodus has major consequences for the education system, and some see the storm as pretext to replace the public system with charter schools and introduce private investment. Special correspondent Monica Villamizar reports.