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The Central Falls School District of Rhode Island / by Maria Hinojosa | March 11, 2010

The Central Falls School District of Rhode Island

Central Falls, Rhode Island is not a region that immediately jumps out as being an immigrant Latino hotbed. But as the region has struggled with English as a Second Language and shifting demographics, the “No Child Left Behind” provisions of federal education standards has critized the school’s performance. In a drastic move to combat falling performance standards, the local school board recently fired the entire teaching staff of the local high school. The story has made national headlines.

But the immigrant and Latino aspects of what is happening in Central Falls, Rhode Island is largely being overlooked by national media. To examine this more closely, Latino USA’s Maria Hinojosa speaks with WRNI Education Reporter Elisabeth Harrison and New York University Education Professor Mario Suarez-Orozco.


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