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Questions About Fair Treatment Of Dr. Nivea Torres


Dr. Nivea Torres has been suspended during an investigation about expenditures by her office.

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During her rise from teacher to superintendent of Connecticut’s 10,500-student technical high school system, Nivea Torres has earned professional recognition and has become so highly regarded within the state’s Latino community that several of its leaders advocated for her selection two years ago for the then open position of state education commissioner.

Torres not only did not get the appointment, but she now finds her professional status and public image resting on very wobbly legs, having been indefinitely suspended by Dianna Wentzell, who was eventually chosen to head the Department of Education. Torres has ...

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Women’s History Month: 20 Puerto Rican Women Everyone Should Know


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Ana Irma Rivera Lassén, J.D., 1955 [Photo: Primera Hora]

March is Women’s History Month and La Respuesta magazine proudly celebrates the immense contributions of Boricua women in both Puerto Rico and the Diaspora. For this important event we have selected twenty mujeres boricuas we think everyone should know. While this is far from a comprehensive list, we encourage further research and recognition of the many Boricuas making our people proud and our world a better, more equitable and ethical place.

Ana Irma Rivera Lassén, J.D., 1955


A feminist, activist, and lawyer. She was the third woman and the first Puerto Rican of obvious African descent and openly gay ...

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Canton Chants: First Hurt And Outrage – Now Educational Opportunity?

Photo credit: Thomas McDonald for The New York Times

Photo credit: Thomas McDonald for The New York Times

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First there were the chants, “Trump, Trump, Trump” from students at the predominantly white Canton High School aimed at basketball players from Hartford’s mostly black and Latino Classical Magnet School. This was followed by an apology from Canton, feelings of hurt and disbelief of such racial intolerance among Hartford students and now perhaps an opportunity to use the incident as an educational tool.

Immediately after the incident, the Hartford Public Schools received an apology from the principal of Canton High School and supportive messages from the suburban town’s students and families. Also, in ...

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