The Calexico Police Department Under Fire And Under Investigation
-- Outrage over the murders of 43 students continues in Mexico. In parts of the country, the killings appear to have led to a slightly more robust media.
-- The police department in a California border town is under investigation by the FBI. The new police chief of Calexico says the department is plagued by extortion and professional misconduct.
-- Author Michele Serros died recently of cancer. She wrote about her struggles to fit in and bicultural life as a young Chicana writer. We remember Serros and her impact on the literary world.
-- Schools in Pasadena, Texas, are experimenting with “charlas” or talks. The idea is to help students by coaching their parents through informal meetings.
Some Mexican Reporters Feel A Renewed Sense of Purpose Following Student Murders
Outrage over the alleged alliance between police, politicians and organized crime in the murders of 43 teaching students continues in Mexico. In parts of the country, the killings appear to have led to a slightly more robust media, in a country where journalists often use self-censorship. Lorne Matalon reports from Chihuahua.
Now, to the California border. The police department in a California border town is under investigation by the FBI. The outcome of that investigation is pending. But the new police chief of Calexico says the department is plagued by extortion and professional misconduct. Fronteras reporter Jill Replogle says the city’s rocky ride is far from over.
Remembering Author Michele Serros
Michele Serros died earlier this week. She was 48. She was best known for her books, and essays for the Los Angeles Times, Ms. magazine, CosmoGirl and The Washington Post and for her satirical commentaries for NPR. Serros succumbed after a protracted, fearless battle with a rare form of cancer that affected her voice, but not the messages that informed her writing. Fronteras commentator Yvette Benavides has this remembrance of Michele Serros.
(Note: Benavides is a South Texas writer and teaches at Our Lady of the Lake University. One of her short stories was recently nominated for a Pushcart Award)
For more than 10 years, federal education policies have pushed schools to get parents more involved on campus. The idea is that if parents are more involved, their children would do better academically, especially students who struggle with school learning. In Pasadena, Texas, that idea is taking new shape. Education reporter Laura Isensee visits an elementary school there to find out more.