A relatively small university town recently experienced some of the hints of Mexico Norte to come. Columbine Elementary School in Boulder, Colorado was scheduled for re-vamping because test scores were substandard and the curriculum had to be re-built to improve. Teachers were told that they would have to re-apply for their jobs because they obviously were failing to achieve results. Eighty percent of the students speak Spanish as their first language and qualify for free lunches. Some parents believe that the plan to re-vamp the school discriminated against Spanish-speaking parents and that they were not listened to in the discussion of the move to improve. One lady who spoke good English said as much and said, "We are Spanish".
Some of the parents support the changes but didn't want to be identified for fear of retaliation from their neighbors. The U.S. Department of Education is investigating.