Mariachi Is Helping To Connect Schools, Hispanic Parents And Communities

December 23, 2014 4:19 PM

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CHICAGO (AP) -- Jose Torres smiles as he thinks about how his 12-year-old daughter has embraced learning the same mariachi music he plays at home during a new Chicago Public Schools program that teaches the Mexican songs, linking the family's culture with the classroom.

"She's asking questions about her family, her background," Torres said, sitting outside Alexa's music classroom at Richard Edwards Elementary School, a largely Hispanic arts magnet school on Chicago's South Side. It's one of five Chicago schools with 1,100 students in the third through seventh grade...

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