CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 17, 2001 |
Three weeks ago, veteran New Mexico educator Jesse L. Gonzales turned down the chance to be Compton's new schools superintendent, citing declining physical strength. On Monday, after a change of heart, Gonzales agreed to take over one of the most stressful education jobs in California. Gonzales, 63, will be the first locally appointed superintendent in Compton in eight years.
May 14, 2000 |
The border, for Velia Gandarilla, is a point on a sidewalk she strides across every school day as the sun starts to rise over the desert. "I don't see the difference going from one country to the other. Just going to school," says the 17-year-old who wakes up at home in Palomas, Mexico, but attends classes--and will graduate this month, a first in her family--in the United States. At 6:55 a.m., her styled hair still wet, her violin case in hand, Velia enters the U.S.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 8, 2000
Mexican President Ernesto Zedillo pondered long and hard on how to recover the National Autonomous University campus from student strikers outraged by a plan to increase tuition from two cents a year to $100 for those who could afford it. Zedillo had reason for pause. As a student in Mexico City in 1968 he felt the weight of the intolerant government of President Gustavo Diaz Ordaz, who, unable to deal with a student protest, sent in his soldiers.
February 6, 2000 |
When students first went on strike last April to protest new fees at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, there was an air of righteous struggle for free education at public universities in this poor country. More than nine months later, as strikers at the barricades fight bloody skirmishes with students who want to go back to classes, that original lofty purpose is a fading memory.
March 13, 1999 |
Professor Socorro Marcos, a department head at Monterrey Technical Institute, was chatting recently with two postgraduate students. Julio Larios asked her to serve on his thesis committee, while Juan Carlos Cielo Flores had questions about a paper's final draft. During these discussions, Larios was in Honduras, Cielo Flores was at his office in Peru, and the professor never left her desk at the Monterrey Tech campus in this northern Mexican city.
November 29, 1993 |
Half the year, Ernesto Robledo puts on blue jeans and a T-shirt and walks about a mile to school, just like any other fifth-grader at Park Avenue School in Yuba City, Calif. The other six months, he dresses in the crimson sweater, white shirt and checked pants uniform of the Altamirano Grade School, six dirt blocks from his home here in central Mexico.