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  Down in the Salinas Valley

As the debate over immigration reform continues in Washington D.C., Need to Know offers an inside look at the lives of Latino farm workers.

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  Steinbeck’s Salinas Valley

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Steinbeck’s The Harvest Gypsies

Before he wrote his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck was commissioned by The San Francisco News to write a series of  articles on the migrant laborers of the Salinas Valley. The result, ‘The Harvest Gypsies” (1936) were published consecutively from October 5 to October 12, 1936. In 1938 the Simon J. [...]

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  Taking on poverty in Salinas

Poverty trends in Salinas may be an important case study for the United States, as shifting demographics create new challenges for policy-makers across the country.

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  Need to Know: March 1, 2013: Down in the Salinas valley

As the debate over immigration reform continues in Washington D.C., Need to Know offers an inside look at the lives of Latino farm workers.

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  Interview: Claudio Iván Remeseira

Editor-in-chief of “Hispanic New York” (www.hispanicny.com), a blog and social media platform on Latino and Latin American news and culture.

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Explore the banned curriculum

In this week’s Need to Know, we report on the long-running dispute over a Mexican-American studies program that has tensions high in Tucson, Arizona. But what’s behind the uproar? What does the contested curriculum actually look like? Here we explore two of the banned books in Tucson — and ask you to form your own opinions [...]

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A history of taboo topics

To better understand the controversies of today, Need to Know looked back on a few of the taboo topics of the past to explore their trajectory into the modern public education curriculum and their current state in the battleground of Duarte’s “culture wars.”

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Read the report

Via the Tucson Sentinel: An independent audit of Tucson Unified School District’s Mexican American Studies Department doesn’t support the declaration by state schools chief John Huppenthal that TUSD’s ethnic studies classes violate the law.  TUSD ethnic studies audit View Need to Know’s report “Banned in Arizona.”

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