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These Photos Of 2019 Latina Graduates Will Make You Llorar Tears Of Happiness Like No Other

This year’s 2019 Latina graduates are celebrating their achievements by telling their profound stories of love, hope and familia. For many of the Latinas crossing the stage this year, getting to and through college was no easy feat, particularly because of the various obstacles institutions have set in their way. Still, in true #Latinapower, they persisted and now join this year’s group of graduates.

Here’s a look at twenty Latinas graduating this year despite the odds that were stacked against them:

This Latina who’s making her way across the stage DESPITE all the obstacles and naysayers in her path.

this chica juggled multiple jobs including as a real estate agent, a car salesman AND a secretary just to get to college. Girl got herself a full ride scholarship and has a B.A. now!!

This UC Berkeley bound STEM graduate.

Congrats the new Golden Bear! Bienvenida!!

This Latina who is taking on a big first for her university!

YASS chica!

This smart lady with all of the style and the degree!

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We stan for a woman who reps her heritage on her graduation cap!

This first generation graduate who’s making her parents proud

Reading through this girl’s Instagram caption, we seriously think she could be an inspirational speaker as a side-hustle to her engineering.

This Latina who rocked *bloody shoes* along with a gorgeous pink dress to her graduation ceremony

Who ever said you can’t graduate in style?

This Latina who honored her father’s spirit on her graduation cap

We’re sure her father would be proud of her accomplishment.

This Latina who went ahead and got a SECOND bachelor’s degree after realizing the first wasn’t what she wanted after all

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It takes a special kind of bravery to recognize what you want and go after it despite all the obstacles in your path.

This Latina who didn’t let imposter syndrome tell her what she couldn’t do

After not even thinking she could get into this Master’s program, this “proud Mexican” is now graduating. Congrats!

This Latina who credits her success to the hard work of her ancestors

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Graduation is the perfect time to reflect on the sacrifices your family may have made to get you to this point in your life. It takes a village, after all!

This Latina who repped her rizos at her graduation from a prestigious Historically Black College

We love how this Latina celebrates every aspect of herself!

This Latina who graduated with an engineering degree while growing a life inside of her

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We’re pretty sure if you look up “work ethic” in the dictionary, you’ll find this woman’s picture right next to the definition

This Latina who’s rocking her queer AND Latinx pride on her graduation day

Not to mention, she’s graduating early. What an inspiration!

This Chicana, who made sure her graduation outfit had a splash of color

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We love how this Latina wasn’t afraid to rock her traditional cultural get-up!

This self-called “product of immigration” whose entire family came to see her graduate

We love how her whole family came to cheer her on.

This Latina who proved haters wrong and earned the degree that was her birthright

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In this political climate, just graduating from college with pride can feel like a political act. We love this girl’s fierceness!

This newly ordained medical assistant who has proved that intelligence runs in the family

The future looks bright for this one.

This Latina who was brave enough to return to school after taking a break

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Further proof that it’s never too late to follow your dreams!

This former teen mom who defied the statistics and became the first in her family to graduate

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We love how this Latina credits her son for inspiring her to graduate. What an incredible role model.

This Masters-having Latina who’s educating Latinos on educational inequality

This woman’s passion is everything. It’s Latinas like this that are being the change they want to see in the world.

To all the Latinas that are graduating, still in school, or thinking about going back to school, we hope this is inspiration for all of you. Remember: Sí se puede.

This 13-Year-Old Boy’s Face Caught On Fire During A Science Class Demonstration

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This 13-Year-Old Boy’s Face Caught On Fire During A Science Class Demonstration

As a kid, one of the most exciting parts of science class is observing how certain chemicals react with each other—seeing how all the abstract information you’ve learned on paper manifests in real life. Of course, every school science lab is supposed to have an eye-wash station, a shower, a fire extinguisher, and other such safety tools in case something goes awry, and while accidents do happen, it is imperative that science demonstrations in the classroom be handled with extreme care. Although no hard evidence currently exists on how often school lab accidents occur—as no entity tracks them as a distinct category—scores of preventable incidents are reported every year.

Most recently, the case of 13-year-old Priest Rivera has been making headlines.

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Rivera’s face and upper body were severely burned when his teacher mistakenly botched a science demonstration in June 2019, and his family has filed a lawsuit against San Diego’s Encinitas Union School District.

Last June, sixth-grade teacher Lori Feinberg fumbled a seemingly simple science demonstration called the “black snake experiment.” This experiment involves the mixing of baking soda, sugar, sand, and alcohol, which is then introduced to a flame in order to form of a “sugar snake.” (When the mixture of baking soda and sugar gets hot, it decomposes to create carbon dioxide gas. A lack of oxygen in the sugar from the combustion creates carbonate and water vapor; the carbonate is pushed out by the pressure from the carbon dioxide, and voila! A snake is born.)

“It wasn’t really working and the science teacher kept pouring more rubbing alcohol to make the flame build up more. It went wrong and blew up in my face,” Priest told CBS News 8. He explained that he had ignited, and his friends surrounded him saying, “He’s on fire!”

The lawsuit filed on December 30, 2019, claims that Feinberg “recklessly” performed the “dangerous” science experiment which involved alcohol and flames “in windy conditions.” It also alleges that Feinberg provided her students with neither safety instructions nor protective equipment (like safety glasses) before performing the “black snake” experiment. The complaint also cites “severe and permanent injuries to Priest,” alleging both negligence and negligent action and stating that “Feinberg and the District knew it was highly probable that injury could occur when conducting an experiment involving flames, but knowingly disregarded that risk.” The family is seeking an unspecified amount in damages for Priest’s present and future hospital bills.

Although, as mentioned above, no hard numbers currently exist to verify the frequency of school lab accidents, the American Chemical Society’s Division of Chemical Health and Safety is seeking out “reliable data.”

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According to Scientific American, “surveys find incidents to be much more common in academic settings than in industrial labs”—and if university labs are seeing high numbers of injury and death, imagine how much less prepared public elementary, middle, and high school labs are likely to be.

Indeed, another student victim of a science experiment gone wrong was awarded $59.1 in damages from the New York Department of Education last July. Alonzo Yanes and classmate Julia Saltonstall were left with severe burns after a botched demonstration by a high school teacher in 2014. Science teacher Anna Poole attempted to conduct a “Rainbow Experiment,” a popular staple in high school chemistry classes due to its rapid and intense bursts of flame.

The Rainbow Experiment involves a variety of mineral salts and lit candles, usually placed in a line. An accelerant commonly used in the experiment is methanol, an extremely volatile liquid that shows how different salts produce distinct colors when burned. However, methanol also produces vapor clouds that can quickly spread flames (or, conversely, which can linger and be ignited by unwitting sparks later on). It was this substance that Poole used in her demonstration, pouring it out of a gallon-sized jug instead of a safer, smaller container.

Students said that she had only reached the second dish when a massive flame spread down the line of dishes and enveloped Yanes in flames, ultimately burning 30% of his body. Students also remarked that Poole was the only one in the room wearing safety goggles.

Rivera’s parents have addressed the school’s reticence to claim responsibility for what happened to their son, and the consensus within the scientific community is a similar one: almost all such incidents are preventable by improving oversight and supervision. They are not simply the consequence of random misfortune.

According to chemical safety expert Neal Langerman, “The problem of school lab danger lies in management responsibility.” With proper training, appropriate safety measures (like wearing protective clothing), and regular procedural oversight, accidents like those that have affected countless young students (as well as teachers) all over the country can be avoided in the future.

A White Woman Is Suing Two Black Teachers Claiming Reverse Racism After She Banned Black History Lessons

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A White Woman Is Suing Two Black Teachers Claiming Reverse Racism After She Banned Black History Lessons

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For the past several years, the country’s educational system has been challenged over what students should be learning in school and, for a good reason. The classes, in particular, history, are antiquated and, even more importantly, incorrect. As a society, we’ve been taught a white version of America’s history, and it’s only when we get to college or continue our studies elsewhere that we begin to discover the truth. But little by little, through education reform, teachers are attempting to change that in order to teach students about the real America and how their ancestors make up the fabric of this country. Some, however, in power positions don’t want that. 

A legal battle has ensued between a Bronx principal and teachers in which both parties are calling each other racist.

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The issue between these two parties began in 2018 when Mercedes Liriano, a teacher at Bronx Intermediate School 224, began teaching her sixth graders about the Harlem Renaissance in her art class during Black History Month. 

Patricia Catania, a white principal of that school at the time, told her to stop the lesson immediately. She took away posters that students were carrying that depicted the image of singer Lena Horne. Catania said that Liriano didn’t approve her lesson plan for Black History Month, but Liriano, a black teacher, said she submitted her entire lesson plan for the year. Furthermore, in an interview with the Washington Post, Liriano said that she has been teaching those lessons during Black History Month for the past 14 years. 

Teachers and parents were so appalled that the principal would prevent the teacher from teaching the Harlem Renaissance during Black History Month that they protested the matter.

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The matter last year garnered national attention, and many high-profile black activists got involved. 

“We’re learning about slavery and Harriet Tubman, but she says that I’m an ELA teacher and therefore should not be teaching that,” Liriano said last year to a local news station. “But it’s part of the New York state curriculum.”

While the school board investigated the matter, Catania continued to work at the school. This June, however, Catania got a demotion and was moved to another school just a mile away. She became the assistant principal at a different school. 

Now, months after her demotion, the former principal has filed a lawsuit against three black teachers and the union because she says they falsely accused her of being racist and claims they discriminated against her.

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“There is literally not a racist thought in my head, nor a racist molecule in my body, nor have I ever made a racist comment, or acted in a racist manner in my life,” Catania said in a sworn deposition.

Her lawyer adds, “She’s been portrayed as the villain, but she’s really the victim here,” Anthony Gentile, Catania’s lawyer, said in an interview with the Post. “It was racism, pure and simple, [even though] some people may not see her as sympathetic as when this happens to a brown-skinned person.”

Liriano wrote on Twitter, “Reverse racism does not exist when we were not or have ever been the oppressors! All I have ever done was instill PRIDE! in my students! My children! By teaching them about their rich culture and true stories!!”

We shall see how this matter plays out in court. 

Last year, another Bronx school official was also investigated after she made some of her black students act as slaves so they could endure what they did.

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Teacher Patricia Cummings at another Bronx school had some of her black students lay on the floor to reenact a “slave trade — and then stepped on their backs to show them what slavery felt like,” The New York Daily News reports.An investigation found that she didn’t do everything she was accused of. She was still fired, and she is also suing the school board for a billion dollars. Yes, you read that right. 

“They’re on the record for saying the reason I’m being terminated is because of my performance as an educator and the report,” Cummings said according to ABC News. “My performance as an educator, I’ve been rated effective by the Department of Education. I’m an effective teacher.”

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