Blog: Latino Ed Beat

Five Stories You Might Have Missed This Week

A wrap-up of education news this week involving or affecting Latino students:

Big step for SUNY Albany: Havidán Rodríguez, a higher education leader in Texas, is the first Hispanic president of the State University of New York at Albany. “I am honored and privileged to have been chosen to serve as the University at Albany’s next president,” Rodríguez said.

Mile High segregation: The metropolitan Denver area is home to some of the most segregated school districts in both the state and the nation. Some experts blame the way school boundaries are drawn in the region.

Cross-country commute: Families spend hours commuting across the border between Tijuana, Mexico, and San Ysidro, California, one of the busiest in the world, to take kids to school. Crossing the border sometimes can take an hour and a half for students.

Los Angeles school budget: Latino activists react to L.A. Unified’s approval of a $7.5 billion budget. Some advocates for Hispanic students are praising the budget’s commitment to community schools.

Graduation celebration: A graduate of Stanford University writes about participating in a graduation ceremony for Hispanic students, a way to honor her parents who fled political turmoil in El Salvador.

Marilyn Garateix, a freelance journalist, has been an education editor at The Boston Globe and The Tampa Bay Times. You can email her at