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Lawsuit Alleges Discrimination Against Latino Families in Holyoke, MA Public Schools

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Photo credit: Masslive.com

A lawsuit has been filed in federal court alleging human rights violations in Holyoke Public Schools.

The suit alleges the district fails to provide parents who speak limited English adequate translation services, including for educational documents regarding the children in their families.

“For at least two decades, HPS has routinely and repeatedly failed to translate important educational documents and communications to LEP Parents,” the lawsuit reads. “This includes notices of meetings, evaluations, proposed individual education plans (‘IEPs’), final IEPs, disciplinary notices, student and parent handbooks, anti-bullying information, notices of events, authorizations for release of information, health plans, nursing materials, documents related to extracurricular activities, progress reports, special ...

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Exclusive: What Dr. Nivea L. Torres Wants You To Know

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Dr. Nivea L. Torres

 

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It’s been nearly three months since Dr. Nivea L. Torres has been able to work or even visit her office, and more than a month since her resignation became effective, but what Dr. Torres wanted to talk about in a recent interview with CTLatinoNews.com is about “Tomorrow’s Framework,” a strategic plan the Connecticut Technical High School System board formulated and she implemented.  It was designed to reshape the district’s mission and foster a greater awareness of its innovations and achievements in preparing the workforce of tomorrow, and while by all accounts it has been quite successful, ironically  it was also one of its ...

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Latino Named Director Of New UConn Hartford Campus

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Mark Overmyer-Velazquez stands in front of the sign at the UConn Hartford Campus. Photo credit: Ronni Newton/We-Ha.com

Mark Overmyer-Velazquez stands in front of the sign at the UConn Hartford Campus. Photo credit: Ronni Newton/We-Ha.com

 

The University of Connecticut vacated West Hartford in late August when it opened the new downtown campus in Hartford to great fanfare, but along with the move the campus gained a new leader with strong West Hartford roots.

Dr. Mark Overmyer-Velazquez, a UConn history professor who is also founding Director of El Instituto: Institute of Latina/o, Caribbean & Latin American Studies, was named director of UConn Hartford and assumed his new role on Aug. 23, the same day that the campus officially opened.

“This is so unbelievably exciting,” Overmyer-Velazquez said as, ...

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