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Hillsborough Schools seek to boost academic performance for minorities; one activist prefers results listen

07/23/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: Hillsborough County Schools, Doretha Edgecomb, African-American, Hispanic, Latino, education

The Hillsborough County School board is trying to improve educational outcomes for some minority students. The board is supporting a pledge aimed at boosting graduation rates and reducing disciplinary problems among African-American and Hispanic males. But an investigation prompted by a complaint from a retired teacher about the how the district teaches minority students is still ongoing.

“I think the best time to make a judgment is to see the outcome of what they pledge – if there is any...

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Latin evangelical pastors call for comprehensive immigration reform listen

04/21/14 Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: immigration, reform, Hispanic, Latino, pentecostal, civil rights


A large number of Latino evangelical leaders in Tampa are calling for a vote on comprehensive immigration reform. An Easter Parade last Saturday is where pastors and hundreds of their parishioners gathered at St. John Presbyterian Church on MacDill Avenue and marched along the 2 mile route.

Some of the pastors will be traveling from Tampa to Washington, D.C. at the end of the month to meet with their members of Congress about immigration reform. David Velazquez, a [pastor in Tampa](http://...

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Hillsborough County Commission takes step that could lead to a Latino being elected listen

09/18/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: Al Higginbotham, Victor DiMaio, Hillsborough County Commission, Kevin Beckner, Hispanic, Latino, Les Miller, redistricting single member district


The Latino community in Hillsborough wants a County Commission district that represents its interests. During a meeting Wednesday, commissioners took a step that might make it more likely for voters to elect a Latino commissioner. They scheduled a public hearing to consider moving from four single-member districts to five without expanding the size of the board. During public comment, three people spoke in favor, including the co-founder of the Hillsborough Hispanic Coalit...

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Latino voters look to Department of Justice for fair representation in Hillsborough listen

12/21/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The Hillsborough County Commission doesn’t have a Latino board member and some people want that to change. Minority leaders are now asking the Department of Justice to intervene.

Hillsborough County is required to redraw its voting districts every ten years. Some leaders of the Latino community submitted a map they thought fairly represented their group. But in June commissioners voted to ado...

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White House Gets Input at Hispanic Education Forum

09/22/09 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday

Health care reform may be hogging the limelight, but another Obama Administration initiative is gaining momentum. With outreach efforts some call unprecedented, Obama’s goal of improving education for students of all levels and backgrounds faces some major challenges. Closing the achievement gaps that exist between white students and those of other ethnic backgrounds is one of these, especially in Florida. WMNF’s Kate Bradshaw attended the White House’s community conversation on Hispani...


Martinez bashes Obama on immigration reform

07/11/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tomorrow John McCain and Barack Obama will appear in San Diego before the National Council of La Raza, the nation's largest Latino civil rights and advocacy organization.

In anticipation of that event, McCain today released a new ad targeting Hispanics that will air in English, in Colorado, Nevada and New Mexico. Florida Republican Sen. Mel Martinez said, contrary to reports, McCain has not distanced himself from the comprehensive immigration bill Martinez helped craft in the Senate.


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