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On Valley Edition: 'Illegal Immigrant' Language; New Education Standards; Fresno Film Festival

Apr 9, 2013

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This week on Valley Edition we take a look at how the Associated Press’s decision to no longer use the term illegal immigrant in reference to those who relocate to the United States illegally will affect the region. What does the change of language mean for local media outlets that cover immigration regularly? Valley Edition host Juanita Stevenson leads a conversation around the subject with NPR Ombudsman Edward Schumacher-Matos, Juan Esparza the Editor in Chief of the local Spanish newspaper Vida En El Valle and Sabina Gonzalez the regional director for Communities for a New California.

Also on the program, Valley Public Radio’s Ezra Romero reports on a major traffic flow change in Fresno. Earlier this month the New York Times touted Los Angeles for being the first major city in the world to synchronize every one of its 4,500 traffic signals. In Fresno, a similar project is already, which could make commutes on Shaw Avenue quicker by the end of April.

In the second half of Valley Edition, we discuss the change to come to standard of education across the nation come this next school year. Common Core State Standards are supposed to provide a clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them. We discuss the varying opinions about the standards and the possibility of a new chapter in education for California schools. Chiming in on the conversation are Camilla Sutherland, the School Improvement Coordinator for the Fresno County Office of Education and Jonathan Dueck, the STEM Coordinator for the Fresno County Office of Education.

We end the show with a conversation about a local film festival. The ninth annual Fresno Film Festival hosted by Fresno Filmworks will feature seven programs with 21 movies from 12 different countries over three days in Fresno’s Tower District. John Moses, Fresno Filmworks president, joins Stevenson with a dialogue about the festival.

Show Info: April 19-21, tickets and other information can be found at

This Week's Guests:

- Illegal Immigrant Language

Edward Schumacher-Matos - Edward Schumacher-Matos is the ombudsman for NPR.

Juan Esparza, Editor of Vida En El Valle Editor

Sabina Gonzalez, Regional Director for Communities for a New California

- Common Core State Standards

Camilla Sutherland, School Improvement Coordinator for the Fresno County Office of Education

Jonathan Dueck,  STEM Coordinator, Fresno County Office of Education.

- Fresno Filmworks

John Moses, Fresno Filmworks president