Lessons From The Border: School Bells Ring For Kids Held At Immigration Detention Centers

September 17, 2014

09/15/14 Fox News Latino

In one classroom monitored by security cameras, third- and fourth-graders read in Spanish from a short story about mice. In another, an algebra teacher reminds high school students to always fully distribute both sides of an equation before solving it. On an artificial turf soccer field in the courtyard, sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders are in the midst of a raucous kickball game — ignoring the high walls and surrounding 15-foot gate. For about 200 immigrant children who fled to the United States with their mothers mostly from Central America it is another school day, except that they are housed in a federal immigration prison and all the residents risk being deported.

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Mexico’s educational system faces $3.96 bn funding gap

September 15, 2014

09/14/14 Fox News Latino

education - children poverty - EcuadorMexico’s educational system faces a funding gap of up to $3.96 billion annually due to problems and omissions detected in the sector’s recent census, the report’s author, Marco Fernandez, told Efe. The report, which was released by the Mexico Evalua public policy think tank, found that the educational system’s funding gap ranges from an optimistic estimate of 16 billion pesos ($1.23 billion) to a worst-case scenario of 51.48 billion pesos ($3.96 billion), or the equivalent of 13.6 percent of the national education budget.

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UT, A&M have energy expertise Mexico could tap

August 18, 2014

08/11/14 Houston Chronicle

energy -drilling_platform_in_seaAs Mexico ends its 75-year-old state monopoly and opens oil and gas production to foreign investment, the nation’s need for expertise – especially for petroleum engineers – will be great.

That’s prompted at least two Texas universities to establish relationships with universities in Mexico to train professionals and share knowledge.

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Closing a Fear Gap So Children Can Achieve

December 2, 2013

The New York Times, 12/1/2013

studentsAt a time when Latinos have surpassed whites to account for a majority of public school students in Texas, Ms. Garibay is taking an unusually direct approach to one of the most deeply entrenched challenges in education: the achievement gap in test scores and low graduation rates that are plaguing schools disproportionately populated by the children of immigrants.

By focusing her seminar on helping families and children navigate the bureaucracy of the immigration system, Ms. Garibay is hoping to help schools close their achievement gaps with others.

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Review: Museo Jumex in Mexico City is an impressive filter

December 2, 2013

Los Angeles Times, 12/1/2013

folk art - communitySince the 1990s, after several decades of relative stasis, Mexico City’s cultural ecology has experienced an efflorescence. A cosmopolitan mix of important Mexican and expatriate artists — Britain’s Melanie Smith, Belgium’s Francis Alÿs, Mexico’s Silvia Gruner, Gabriel Orozco, Abraham Cruzvillegas, Teresa Margolles, Eduardo Abaroa and scores more — has been accompanied by significant growth in art’s essential critical, curatorial and commercial apparatus.


What was missing was a museum. A good museum functions as a permeable membrane between a rigorously involved art world and an otherwise preoccupied public. Its absence here was no small void. Now, with the opening of the Museo Jumex, that gap is poised to close. An international program in contemporary art, including a significant permanent collection and an ambitious exhibition schedule, has made an impressive debut.

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The year of leading from behind

November 25, 2013

The Economist, 11/23/2013

Enrique Pena NietoWhen Enrique Peña Nieto spoke at an Economist conference this month, he was reminded that this newspaper had cautiously endorsed him for president last year as the “least bad” of the candidates. The audience laughed nervously; easy-going in person, the president is rarely exposed to such public leg-pulling. But though his first year in office has had downs, it has had more ups. If he can bring home the raft of reforms that he has launched, he could transform Mexico.

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Mexico Teacher’s Union Shows Political Clout

October 15, 2013

school-crossingThe Wall Street Journal, 10/13/2013

Tens of thousands of teachers are scheduled to return to school on Monday after their nearly-two-month strike shut out almost 1.3 million children in Oaxaca, setting the stage for violent clashes with parents who pledged to block their return.

During the teachers’ absence, parents, with help from teachers from a nonstriking union, opened dozens of schools in the poor southern state of Oaxaca, including one here at Mitla, a town that draws many tourists to its imposing pre-Columbian ruins.

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