The top local stories this evening from KERA News:
U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos stopped by Dallas schools on Thursday. She visited Dade Middle School and Birdville’s Center for Technology and Advanced Learning.
Protesters greeted her along the way, and critics point to her support of charter school expansion and private school vouchers.
Other stories this evening:
- The Dallas Opera has named a new CEO and general director. Ian Derrer has been the general director of the Kentucky Opera in Louisville. Derrer replaces Keith Cerny who resigned as CEO in December.
- Journalist Jorge Ramos made headlines during the 2016 Presidential Election after he was kicked out of a Trump press conference. And while he was eventually let back in, Ramos believes that moment represents the challenges of life as an immigrant in America. Today on Think, he talked with Krys Boyd about why he often feels like a stranger in the country he calls home.
- Mexico launched a three-month presidential campaign this week, and North Texans have more Mexican citizens eligible to vote there than anywhere else in the U.S. except Los Angeles. Alfredo Corchado is the Border-Mexico correspondent for the Dallas Morning News. He says interest among Mexican citizens in Texas has caught the presidential candidates by surprise.
- Museums are looking for ways to get diverse audiences in the door and make new visitors feel comfortable, but painter Arnoldo Hurtado has another idea. In this week’s Artist Spotlight, Art&Seek’s Hady Mawajdeh jumps into a mobile art gallery aimed at bringing art to the people.
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