Christine Bolaños

Christine Bolaños

Independent journalist

Christine Bolaños covers human interest, social & criminal justice, education & business issues for numerous international, national & local outlets. IWMF Fellow-El Salvador. NAHJ Austin VP-Print.

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Austin Statesman

Pflugerville ISD parents air grievances on school boundary changes

About eight individuals — a mix of parents, staff and one elementary-aged student — spoke against the board’s decision to approve boundary changes affecting students involved in English as a second language programs that are being rezoned from Highland Park Elementary to Mott Elementary in the fall.

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Austin Statesman

Six vying for two seats on Pflugerville ISD board

Six candidates — one incumbent and five new contenders — are vying for two seats on the Pflugerville school district board of trustees with one incumbent running unopposed in the May 6 election.

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The Crime Report

Texas Eyes Sweeping Changes in Police-Community Relations

Next week, Texas legislators will begin examining a package of bills aimed at cooling off the strained relations between cops and civilians, after a year in which the state suffered the deadliest attack on law enforcement in America since 9/11.

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Latina Style Magazine

Trailblazers in STEM | Latinas leading the charge

Latinas are among the fastest growing demographic in the United States. Science-Technology-Engineering-Mathematics (STEM) careers are among the most sought after.

It makes sense, then, that more and more Latinas are pursuing STEM fields and joining the ranks of scientists, technicians, engineers, professors, financial advisors, business analysts, researchers, program officers, data strategy consultants and more.

Below are the stories of eight Latinas who are making waves in some of the country’s and world’s leading companies, furthering the impact of Latinas in STEM, and paving the way for the next generation of innovative minds who will change the world.

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Fashion designer never forgets her roots

Raised in the city of Compton, Calif., by immigrant parents who made a living by working in sweatshops, Hernandez never forgot her roots.

Glaudi, and Glaudi Bridal lines offer modern cuts and styles meant to flatter curvy figures and the personality and taste of the individual.

Her line is named after her mother, Gladis Estela Hernandez, and a portion of her proceeds benefit low-income residents of her parents’ native country El Salvador.

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Austin Statesman

Pflugerville ISD student attendance dips on Day Without Immigrants

The Pflugerville school district reported 4,421 student absences on the Day Without Immigrants protest and boycott Feb. 16 highlighting the contributions of immigrants to U.S. business and culture.

District officials said the absences resulted in an 82.3 percent attendance rate compared to the 95.93 percent attendance rate the same day last year.

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Immigration Advocates Remain Skeptical About ICE Actions

Immigration advocates across the country expressed concern that the recent arrests of more than 680 people by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is routine business, as the agency has publicly stated.

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Austin Statesman

Pflugerville police chief asks community to see officers as 'guardians'

Interim Police Chief Jessica Robledo asked members of the black community to trust in their local law enforcement and “meet us in the middle” during a Black Pflugerville community group meeting Monday.

Robledo addressed about 50 people who attended the weekly meeting, asking the community “accept us as your guardians, role models, brothers and sisters and recruiters.” Robledo’s comments garnered applause and hugs from the crowd.

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Austin Statesman

Panelists: Gifted black students in Pflugerville must be ‘challe

Pflugerville parents and Central Texas educators gathered last week to take part in a presentation and panel discussion to address disparity between minority and nonminority students in gifted and talented programs and ways to identify gifted students.

The event on Jan. 25 was a collaboration between Black Pflugerville, a nonprofit community group that encourages active participation of the black community in Pflugerville; Educators in Solidarity, an activism, advocacy and outreach group to build capacity for “anti-racist educators”; and the Pflugerville school district.

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The Nuns Helping Women Build Businesses in El Salvador

After witnessing the tragedies of civil war in El Salvador, Sister Anne Marie Gardiner made it her mission to support female entrepreneurs as they become self-sustaining, challenge traditional gender roles and inspire their children to give something back to their communities.

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Austin Statesman

Pflugerville ISD approves attendance zones for Weiss HS, Mott ES

School board trustees Thursday night approved attendance zones for the Pflugerville school district’s new high school and elementary school, leading to slight changes to attendance zones for numerous other high, middle and elementary schools.

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Former Foster Children Serve in Guatemala

The children look up at the young adults and smile. They may not speak the same language and they may not look like them, but the children feel safe and loved. The young adults were once foster children and feel a connection to the orphaned children that needs no spoken words. For a moment, they all forget about their trials and tribulations and allow themselves to feel the warmth and joy of the Christmas spirit.

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The Salvadoran Community Where Women Take the Lead

In El Salvador, where being female often means being stigmatized, a small community has grown into a haven for displaced women. Now the people of the Romero Community have been granted rights to their land, allowing them to finally settle into their new lives.

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Austin Statesman

New Pflugerville ISD campuses to shift school boundaries

The opening of Weiss High School and Mott Elementary School next fall is causing the Pflugerville school district to consider several boundary changes to fill the new campus and relieve overcrowding at others.

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Austin Statesman

Round Rock's Brock Fleming, 7, succumbs to brain tumor

Brock Fleming, a Round Rock boy who brought the community together in a common cause of raising money to research his childhood brain cancer, died Dec. 10 at the age of 7.