Hundreds of schools closed in Puerto Rico over the last three years

Kelleher “pleaded not guilty; the case is proceeding.

Fury over Keleher’s alleged cor-

ruption, and the gutted system she

left behind, helped fuel the protest

movement that brought downRos-

sell6é in August. It could remake

the islands’ relationship with the

rest of the country.

Thoughit sits on the nation’s

periphery, with a unique history

and culture, Puerto Rico is in many

ways a representative case ofAmer-

ca in the 21st century. Look past the

ropical climate and language, and

ou see a landscape offast-food ays Interstate-style high-

andemptying strip malls that

<embles nothing so muchas the

pper Midwest. There, too, jobs

have vanished because of preda-

torv policies that favored the flow

of money over people’s lives, with

no accountability to show forit. In

as in Flint, for many the only

wayupis out.

But for all those leaving, far

more are being left behind; for

every empty classroom, there are

children left disadvantaged, fami-

lies stranded and teachers and staff

pushed aside. These images repre-

sent what has been lost and what

more could be lost with them, but

also what — as the protest move-

ment in the streets represents —

could still be gained. They are a

prelude toa story that has not been

written yet. Schools are always

about the future.”

Published by nelsongon

I love media and communication, as well as digital technology. I write in Spanish and English, fluent in both languages: speak, read, write, comprehend. I was born in New York, but was sent to Puerto Rico at an early age, where I lived until drafted by the U.S. army. Upon returning from an honorable discharge, I found Puerto Rico small and limited at the time. I moved to Boston where I pursued musical studies and later worked as a musician, teacher, and speech-pathologist in New York. I studied music at Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA, and Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology at various New York City colleges, including New York University, New York City, New York. I played professionally in Puerto Rico, prior to entering Berklee College of Music, and after finishing studies there I played in the 80’s bass guitar briefly, with various latin bands, including the Machito Big Band Orchestra in 1982. I was part of their recording that year. Once I saw the transitory nature of music, I studied speech-pathology and worked in that function after teaching middle-school and elementary grades in the New York City Board/Department of Education. In that capacity, I also worked for the New York City Department of Health as an independent contractor providing therapy and evaluations for pre-school and school-age children. I later worked in the high school setting in that capacity before I retired from the Department of Education. I am now retired and with my spare time, I pursue old, and new dreams, as age is a reminder of the evanescence and impermanence of life.

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