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We are watching and making history. So are our colleagues. Read the latest here. Estamos viendo y haciendo historia. Tanto como nuestras colegas. Léanlos aquí.


Peace Pusher, Sept. 12, 2020 by Gabriela Romeri
WHEN CHILDREN DISAPPEAR; CUANDO NIÑOS DESAPARECEN
With our nation struggling under constant chaos, during a global pandemic, amid a warzone of political beliefs, all media focus in 2020 came off the most vulnerable: refugees and their children. Recent reports of detainee abuse while in ICE detention have emerged that show the reported abuse escalated in recent years; from rape to gang rape. While basic protections for the most vulnerable—American immigrant and refugee children—were not just lowered but seemingly eliminated. This July the Associated Press broke a story on unaccompanied infants and youth being held in hotels along the border. READ MORE HERE

Herald Tribune, July 6, 2020 by Irene Enriquez-Simpson
SARASOTA COUNTY’S NEXT SCHOOL LEADER MUST RESTORE TRUST
On July 14 the Sarasota County School Board will make one of the most important decisions affecting all of us, to select our next superintendent of schools. Four years ago, we stood at the same crossroads, and today we have an opportunity to get it right! This time around, there is more diversity in the group of finalists, for which we commend the 25 members of the Citizens Committee, who took the job of narrowing the field from 31 applicants to 5 finalists very seriously. Among the finalists are one woman and three bilingual leaders. All five have been teachers, principals and currently hold executive leadership positions within their Florida districts. READ MORE HERE


Herald Tribune, July 5, 2020 by Kindra Muntz
WHO PAYS FOR SCHOOL VOUCHER PROGRAMS?
Now that the Supreme Court has lifted the ban on state aid to religious schools, supporters of Florida’s voucher programs must be celebrating. However, as a supporter of public education, I have serious concerns. Exactly how do voucher programs work? It turns out that we the public taxpayers are paying for them, either directly or indirectly. Some call the myriad private schools “schools without rules.” For example, such schools are able to hire teachers who lack a college degree, discriminate against LGBTQ students, or teach a curriculum that denounces evolution, using illustrations in a science textbook that shows men and dinosaurs together. However, not all taxpayers bear the same burden of cost. READ MORE HERE

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