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Fronteras: Latino Cancer Rates; Teaching Slavery; & Edgewood Walkout 50 Years Later

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On Fronteras:

  • Researchers are looking into how to raise awareness about rising rates of cancer in the Latino population (0:15).
  • Texas schools are teaching students about slavery, but the curriculum doesn’t reflect how it affected the course of U.S. history (12:04).
  • In 1968, high school students at San Antonio’s Edgewood High School walked out of class and changed how public schools were funded (15:02)

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Dr. Amelie Ramirez

‘Why Is It Higher In Our Community?’ Rising Cancer Rates Among Latinos

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of cancer deaths among Latinos increased by 72 percent between 2000 and 2014. Those cancer cases are expected to rise another 142 percent by 2030, the National Center for Biotechnology Information reports.

What is being done to raise awareness among Latinos about cancer prevention and cancer screenings? The conference Advancing the Science of Cancer in Latinos held in February in San Antonio brought together researchers and leaders to discuss how to improve awareness through science, treatment and policy.

Amelie Ramirez is a professor of epidemiology and biostatistics at UT Health San Antonio. She’s also the associate director of the Cancer Prevention and Population Science program at the institution’s Mays Cancer Center, the newly named center home to UT Health San Antonio MD Anderson Cancer Center.. Ramirez says health and economic disparities place this population at risk.


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Teaching About Slavery In Schools

A report out by the Southern Poverty Law Center finds American students don't fully understand many facts about slavery and the role it played in U.S. history. As KERA's Stella Chavez reports, the study also says educators aren't adequately teaching students about slavery.

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Edgewood High School

In Their Own Words: San Antonio Students Recall Walking Out On School Inequality

On Oct. 2, 1989, the Texas Supreme Court ruled unanimously that the state’s school finance system was unequal. The case was Edgewood ISD versus Kirby, pitting San Antonio’s Edgewood Independent School District against the state education commissioner at the time, William Kirby.

The district argued that since public schools were primarily financed through local property taxes, poorer districts like Edgewood could never raise the kind of money its richer counterparts could. That meant less cash for teacher salaries, supplies, and campus improvements.

It was a question of fairness that had been in the courts for decades before the ruling. Its roots reach back exactly 50 years ago to a student demonstration at Edgewood High School. This story was produced by the Texas Standard’s Michael Marks.


Norma Martinez can be reached by email at norma@tpr.org and on Twitter @NormDog1

Norma Martinez can be reached at norma@tpr.org and on Twitter at @NormDog1