About an hour ago Minutes into the first Democratic debate of the 2020 presidential election, late-night host Trevor Noah said he suspected that “half of America thought they flipped to Univision by mistake.” Why? Former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke had suddenly started speaking Spanish. In the middle of his opening answer to a question about marginal tax rates during the live broadcast from Miami on Wednesday night, O’Rourke seamlessly transitioned from English to Spanish, catching viewers and even some of his fellow candidates off guard. While O’Rourke flexed his language abilities, a camera captured Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., gawking wide-eyed. Next to Booker, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., also openly stared, and soon the moment became a viral meme. But amid the jokes, a more serious online debate was raging: When political candidates speak Spanish in public, is it a genuine attempt to connect with Hispanic voters or is it pandering? The mixed reactions to … [Read more...] about Democrats debate in Spanish, to mixed reviews
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High School Sports Pixabay | File By Ernie Clark, BDN Staff • June 21, 2019 1:00 am Ian Pratt has been a football guy since playing the sport under coach Art Greenlaw at Stearns High School in Millinocket during the 1980s. Since then he’s moved Down East and continued to be a prime advocate for the sport in the St. Croix Valley. He coached youth football teams featuring local kids against Canadian competition and led a Calais-Woodland cooperative high school team for four years before it was suspended in 2012 because of declining participation. Pratt has continued to coach youth football in the area, and now he wants to bring varsity football back to the area’s high schools. “I’ve been thinking about this since the day we had to give up our varsity football program years ago,” said Pratt, who wants to create a new cooperative entry among Calais, Woodland and Shead of Eastport. Fourteen Calais High students recently signed up to play for a … [Read more...] about Coach hopes to re-boot high school football in Calais area
Algernon D'Ammassa Las Cruces Sun-News Published 6:39 PM EST Nov 19, 2018 LAS CRUCES - Weeks ahead of Gov. Susana Martinez's departure from office, the New Mexico Public Education Department has launched an online portal allowing parents and families to view their schools' state report cards. The website, www.NMSchoolGrades.com, presents reports for each school detailing overall grades and grades in subcategories based on standardized test scores, attendance and parent surveys. The reports also present information on student demographics, and previous performance with comparisons to nearby schools. The website is available is English and Spanish. Each school's entry includes an optional animated video summary, with hot air balloons illustrating gains or losses in the A-F grade hierarchy. In a statement, the PED described the site as part of "a suite of tools and programs for families" including the New Mexico Parent Guide, the "family cabinet," the … [Read more...] about Website highlights school grades, but are A-F grades on their way out?
On a field outside of Worthington High School, a teenager who just came back from Guatemala for the summer asks the school district’s activities director, Josh Dale, if he can join the boys soccer team, which is gearing up for practice. Dale gives him the rundown — he must first fill out paperwork before participating — while head coach Juan Flores tells the kid, in Spanish, to come back the next day to begin the process. Practice is still on for this late-summer weekday afternoon, despite barely escaping a rainstorm that passed through this southern Minnesota city of 13,000 people in the last few hours. Nearly 60 teenage boys are already here, stretching and getting ready to begin. The school’s girls soccer team, of which about 50 students showed up for today, is wrapping up its practice. Of all of the students on the field, just a sliver of them — less than half a dozen — identify as white. The vast majority are Latino, while students of … [Read more...] about How immigration is changing high school sports in Greater Minnesota
Algernon D'Ammassa Las Cruces Sun-News Published 2:00 p.m. UTC Aug 22, 2018 LAS CRUCES - Five Las Cruces charter schools received grades from the Public Education Department ranging from C to F in 2018, according to PED data released on August 17. Charter schools are tuition-free public schools managed independently of local school districts by their own governing bodies. In New Mexico, charter schools operate under authorization with the Public Education Department or a local school district. The largest change among Las Cruces charter schools was at Las Montañas Charter High School, which jumped from an F last year to a C in 2018. The leap came in a year when PED announced that requirements for A and B grades had tightened. Caz Martinez, beginning his third school year as director and principal at Las Montañas, said the pressure was on charter schools to show results because, he said, "we have a contract that can get either revoked or not … [Read more...] about PED: Las Cruces charter school grades ranged from C to F in 2018