Hartford’s New Superintendent A Product of City’s School System

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It was the late 1980s, the dawn of the notorious gang wars in Connecticut’s capital city that plunged sunny days into darkness, when a petite ninth-grader at Hartford Public High School found her escape hatch.

The girl had been restless in English class, frustrated with the rote traditions and predictability. She asked why school couldn’t be more interesting until her teacher finally had enough of the criticism: “Leslie, do you ever stop talking? If you don’t like things around here, then you should become a teacher.”

“I said, ‘No, no, no,'” recalled Leslie Torres-Rodriguez, now 42, in her corner office in a downtown high-rise, the ...

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‘We’ve Always Been The Designated Enemy:’ John Leguizamo Schools Us On Latino History

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Actor, comedian, writer, social activist and and overall buena gente (good guy) John Leguizamo has a bone to pick with the teaching of American history in our classrooms.

In his new solo piece, “Latin History for Morons,” not only does he pick that bone, he unearths the ways in which Latinos have given everything they are to make the United States what it is today.

Considering the current political climate, Leguizamo’s lessons couldn’t be more timely or necessary.

We spoke with John about his play, Latino history and the way he successfully engages with detractors.

What was your most eye opening moment in Latino history?

There were ...

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