The May issue of El Sol Latino (PDF) (bilingual) just hit the newsstands, and I couldn’t help but notice that we made page nine–“Photo of the Month” no less (below)! This is from our event presenting Manuel Pastor (second from left) and his new book, “Something Big: How Social Movements Contribute to Regional Equity in Metropolitan America.”
This issue of El Sol provides more great coverage of the Gastón Institute’s analysis of Massachusetts’ 2002 referendum which replaced bilingual education with English immersion (over the unanimous objections of Latino voters, apparently). The study only covers Boston, but the results for English learners are alarming, and I’d expect similar results in the western part of the Commonwealth. More dropouts, lower MCAS scores, less proficiency, widening achievement gap.
There’s also coverage of a study about the differential effects of the economic crisis on minority workers, and Gov. Patrick’s visit with students in Holyoke. The Holyoke piece is written by Natalia Muñoz, who, on her own site (La Prensa) writes about Patrick’s new outreach to ethnic media. And of course both El Sol and La Prensa have lots of cultural coverage in addition.
Since El Sol currently has no web site (and The Springfield Institute has no print edition), we will start posting the PDF version of each El Sol issue here, and attempt to give highlights of what’s inside each month. Download the May issue here (PDF), and the April issue here (PDF).
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