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Accepted by 11 Medical Schools, Latina Credits Hard Work, Not Affirmative Action



Chelsea Batista

All Chelsea Batista wanted was to get into one of the 18 medical schools she applied to. Instead, she got into 11.

“I was absolutely surprised,” the 21-year-old senior at Macaulay Honors College at Brooklyn College told The Huffington Post via email. “When I received my first acceptance, I was golden. When more acceptances started coming in, I was astounded.”

The student was accepted to Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, Weill Cornell Medicine, New York University, Tufts University School of Medicine, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Drexel University College of Medicine, Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Howard University College ...

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

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Photo credit: Inquiring News.com

Photo credit: Inquiring News.com


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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Tech Schools Chief Torres Resigns Amid Investigations


Dr. Nivea Torres has resigned amid allegations of abuse of state funds.



Nivea L. Torres has resigned as superintendent of the Connecticut Technical High School System, 5½ weeks after being suspended while state officials investigated her approval of more than $4.5 million in payments to a public relations firm since 2014.

The state’s education commissioner, Dianna Wentzell, and the chairman of the CTHSS board, Roberty Trefry, announced Monday evening that they had accepted Torres’ resignation, effective next Monday.

They issued a brief statement recognizing “Dr. Torres’ contributions to the Technical High School System.”

But they didn’t talk about the status of the probe by state and federal officials ...

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