Inside the challenges and opportunities facing Latino students
Latinos are the fastest growing population of students in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. Forty thousand of them are enrolled, and that number is growing.
Many have faced cultural or language barriers, but the pandemic has made things worse. So many Latino students are falling behind that their community believes it has created a “state of emergency.”
This week, WFAE and La Noticia have been reporting on all this in a special bilingual series, Breaking Barriers, exploring the well-documented barriers we know about plus the lesser-known obstacles that lead to learning difficulties and distrust in the community.
Maria Ramirez Uribe, race and equity reporter for WFAE and La Noticia
Ann Doss Helms, education reporter for WFAE
Nhora Gómez-Saxon, Spanish teacher at South Mecklenburg High School and member of the Latin American Leadership Education Committee
Alba Sanchez, manager at the Immigrant Welcome Center for the Latin American Coalition