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District 5 Director Anthony Noriega on the recall of three Temecula Valley Unified School District board members

Since board members Jonathan Komrosky, Danny Gonzalez, and Jennifer Wiersma were elected as part of the Temecula Valley Unified School District (TVUSD) Board of Trustees in November 2022, there has been controversy when it comes to some of the educational measures they have approved. In December 2022, TVUSD’s Board of Trustees passed a resolution that banned teachers of K-12 from teaching Critical Race Theory (CRT) or similar topics. This resolution confused teachers and staff because many have shared how they already do not teach CRT.

Posted inSocio Economic

“First Voice Generation” documentary follows first-generation Latinos, explores socioeconomic inequities in college

Following three Latinx high school students in Holland, Michigan, the documentary of award-winning Director, Cynthia Martinez’s named ” First Voice Generation,” depicts their individual journeys as first-generation Latino students preparing to be the first of their families to attend college, while struggling with their identities in a predominately Dutch community.

Posted inOpinion

COMMENTARY: Pay Our Interns

A recent study by the National Association of Colleges and Employers found that students of color are less likely to have paid internships. Researchers surveyed more than 22,000 students from 470 colleges and universities in their Student Survey Report and found that just 10% of all graduating Latino seniors have had internships, compared to 71% of non-Hispanic white students. The study also found that less than Latinos account for less than 8% of students in paid internships. While more than 90% of internships in the U.S. House and Senate are paid, just 10% of Assembly offices in Sacramento pay their interns, and none do in the state Senate.

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Disparities in ‘unexcused’ absences deepen California education inequities, harming Latinos and others

Although students don’t face punitive consequences for excused absences, unexcused absences can lead to students being denied credit for missed work, excluded from extracurricular activities, and eventually taken to court and fined. Socioeconomically disadvantaged students are much more likely to have their absences labeled unexcused. This is also true for Black, Native American, Latino and Pacific Islander students relative to white, Asian American and Filipino students. Black students experience the largest disparity.