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Ivette Rivera-Dreyer: Passionate Advocate For Latino Education



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As word spread that Ivette Rivera-Dreyer had passed away December 14 at the age of 58, many of her friends and colleagues spoke of their sorrow, and sometimes shock, at the loss of someone they considered a very special person, a passionate advocate for education and a professional with great expertise in college financial aid and community development.

Ivette’s “contributions were unparalleled,” said Dr. Wilfredo Nieves, president of Capital Community College in Hartford. “She was a powerhouse and beautiful person who wanted students to excel and have opportunities,” he said.

Ivette, who was born in Puerto Rico and came to the U.S. in her early 20s, had ...

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Texas Educators Reject Bizarrely Inaccurate Rewrite Of Mexican-American History

Book texasA baffling, error-filled attempt to rewrite Mexican-American history doesn’t meet state public education requirements in Texas and is unlikely to get adopted by the school system.

The Texas State Board of Education rejected the book, Mexican American Heritage, in a 14-0 preliminary vote on Wednesday. The text awaits a final determination on Friday, but without a single champion on the Republican-dominated SBOE, it seems unlikely to pass.

“This marks a new chapter,” Tony Diaz, a Mexican-American studies professor and ethnic studies advocate, wrote in a message to The Huffington Post, “where leaders, community, educators, writers, activists, parents and students unite to deliver the American Dream through education.”

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Dr. Zulma Toro: Her Path To Leadership

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Dr. Zulma R. Toro is the first Latina president of Central CT State University.












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Dr. Zulma R. Toro’s name has appeared in numerous publications since it was announced last fall that she was to be the first Latino woman president of Central Connecticut State University. Her tenure begins this month, and while it is well known that she is passionate about education and that she has a hugely academic background, what is a little less known is that she is a nature loving, Chihuahua owning, camping hobbyist, who has had to work extremely hard, overcoming numerous adversaries, ...

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