Latinos are the largest ethnic minority group in the Southwest and the fastest-growing nationally. More than one-third of Latino students are English Language Learners and, according to Department of Education data, they consistently perform poorly on state tests and have lower graduation rates than whites and Asians. On today’s program we focus on the Latino achievement gap in our region and explore how states are looking beyond federal guidelines and assistance to come up with some possible solutions to close the gap in the Southwest.
A new documentary premiering in the border region focuses on the past year in the city of Juarez, Mexico. The film analyzes the city’s violent image as well as the upcoming 2012 election. In 2011, the murder rate in Juarez, was down 33% from the previous year. While many might consider this is a small victory documentary filmmaker Charlie Minn says it’s not. Minn joins us in the studio to talk about his new film “Murder Capital of the World.”