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Dreamers Work To Be Able To Access Financial Aid For College

Lucas Codognolla and Junior Sierra outside the governor’s office in May Photo credit:

Lucas Codognolla and Junior Sierra outside the governor’s office in May
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After a year-long lobbying effort, undocumented students were able to convince some lawmakers and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy that they should have access to financial aid.

These students, or “Dreamers,” are the children of undocumented immigrants who came to this country as children and attended Connecticut’s public schools, but through no fault of their own are in the country illegally.

They won the right to pay in-state tuition rates in 2011, but cost remained a factor for many.

“Even with in-state tuition, we saw that a lot of undocumented students were still not going to college — the cost was a barrier,” Lucas Codognolla, lead director of Connecticut Students for a Dream, said.

Both Senate President Martin Looney and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy want to expand their access to higher education this year.

Looney proposed …

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Are Poor Latino Kids The Same As Their Poor White And Black Peers? Depends On The Generation

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Studies have long shown that assimilation is bad for the average immigrant in terms of health outcomes. The longer they spend in the United States the more they and their offspring become susceptible to bad eating habits and diseases that are consequences of that behavior found in U.S. born Latinos.

Now, a new study shows that there’s also a difference between immigrant Latinos and U.S. born Latinos in how they cope with poverty.

A report released in January from the National Research Center on Hispanic Children and Families (NRCHCF) shows that living in poverty among white, black and U.S.-born Latinos are roughly the same. However, low-income immigrant Latino children have a much better home situation.

Among low-income Hispanic children with at least one foreign-born parent, 36 percent live in married, two-parent households; about half live under the same roof as their father; and over 80 percent live in a

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CT Latina Teacher Celebrates Release of Young Adult Novel


West Hartford teacher Cindy Rodriguez with her new young adult novel.

West Hartford teacher Cindy Rodriguez releases her first book

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“A Goth girl with an attitude problem, Elizabeth Davis must learn to control her anger before it destroys her. Emily Delgado appears to be a smart, sweet girl, with a normal life, but as depression clutches at her, she struggles to feel normal. Both girls are in Ms. Diaz’s English class, where they connect to the words of Emily Dickinson. Both are hovering on the edge of an emotional precipice. One of them will attempt suicide. And with Dickinson’s poetry as their guide, both girls must conquer their personal demons to ever be happy.”

This is the premise of a newly released, young adult novel, written by Cindy L. Rodriguez, an English reading specialist in West Hartford and a longtime Emily Dickinson devotee.

With the title taken from a line in a Dickinson poem, the …

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