Much of Puerto Rico remains devastated six weeks after Hurricane Maria, with many areas lacking access to electricity and clean water. The disaster has led some Puerto Rican families to relocate to the mainland.
This hour, family ties bring many evacuees to Connecticut--so how is our state welcoming these new arrivals in our community?
Over 6,000 students have left Puerto Rico to come continue their education in the mainland U.S. And at least 500 of them have enrolled in Connecticut public schools.
We discuss how school districts are helping students from Puerto Rico adjust to school in their new town.
WNPR’s Jeff Cohen walks us through a student’s first day of school at Bulkeley High School in Hartford, part of WNPR’s continuing coverage of Puerto Ricans’ recovery efforts after the hurricane.
Have you helped a family member from Puerto Rico move to Connecticut? What has been their experience so far?
- Jacqueline Rabe Thomas - Education Reporter for the Connecticut Mirror
- Charlene Russell-Tucker - Chief Operating Officer of the Connecticut State Department of Education
- Jeff Cohen - WNPR News Director
- Marta Bentham - Senior Executive Director of Family Services and Ombudsman at Hartford Public Schools
- William Clark - Chief Operating Officer of New Haven Public Schools
- Serafín Méndez - Professor of Communications at CCSU
- Dora Schriro - Commissioner of the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection
Chion Wolf contributed to this show.