Kristen Hwang, The Desert Sun

Kristen Hwang

The Desert Sun

Palm Springs, CA, United States

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Past articles by Kristen:

As American kids pour across the border, Mexican schools struggle to keep up

Undocumented parents fearful of deportation are moving to Mexico with their kids – many of whom are U.S. citizens and don't even speak Spanish. → Read More

As American kids pour across the border, Mexican schools struggle to keep up

In Mexico, American-citizen children of deported parents face an education system that isn't fully prepared for the influx of students, especially students who don't speak Spanish. → Read More

Technology leads the way as Desert Sands students head back to class

Technology has changed the way students learn, and Desert Sands Unified School Districts believes high-tech programs will prepare students for the future. → Read More

New CVUSD superintendent wants to start school year fresh in district often marked by strife

Coachella Valley Unified School District Superintendent Edwin Gomez wants to refocus the district. → Read More

Palm Springs Unified steers away from one-size-fits-all education in new school year

Palm Springs Unified School District has made it its mission to focus on equity in the upcoming school year. → Read More

Police arrest suspect in stabbing near the La Quinta Public Library

Police arrested Brandon Sean Williams, 32, in connection with a stabbing that occurred outside the La Quinta library Friday. → Read More

Authorities identify 8-year-old Desert Hot Springs drowning victim

Issac Moore of Desert Hot Springs was identified as the 8-year-old boy who drowned Friday night at a resort pool. → Read More

Century Theatres in La Quinta closed following burglary

A power outage at the Cinemark Century Theatres in La Quinta forced the business to close temporarily Saturday. → Read More

Transportation bill saves local nonprofit, east valley literacy program

AB 1453 passed unanimously, Thursday, allowing school districts to transport volunteers on school buses. → Read More

From the fields to the boardroom, migrant students learn what it takes to land high-paying jobs

Riverside County Office of Education helped migrant students, the children of farm workers, find professional internships throughout the Coachella Valley. → Read More

Went to war with no diploma? County searches for veterans who sacrificed education for service

Riverside County Office of Education will award high school diplomas to veterans whose education was interrupted by military service. → Read More

Can you code like a seventh grader? Summer programs introduce desert kids to the tech industry

"If I wasn't here, I'd probably be sitting at home not learning anything," said Matthew Marks, an eighth grader at James Workman Middle School. → Read More

CVUSD board member pleads not guilty to perjury charges

CVUSD board member Frank Becerra pleaded not guilty to perjury → Read More

How CSUSB Palm Desert will use $3 million in one-time funds it received from the state budget

Gov. Jerry Brown approved $3 million in one-time funds for the Cal State University San Bernardino Palm Desert Campus Tuesday. → Read More

From dropout, drug addict to college grad: Indio man among 300 at CSUSB Palm Desert's commencement

CSUSB graduate Edgar Rivera never thought he would earn a bachelor's degree. The Palm Desert campus of the university made it possible, he said. → Read More

These 2017 graduates overcame the odds to earn spots at the schools of their dreams

Students from the Coachella Valley have overcome incredible obstacles and are determined to make their mark on the world. → Read More

Coachella Valley Unified School District appoints new superintendent for $250K

Coachella Valley Unified School District appointed Edwin Gomez to serve as superintendent. → Read More

$5.5M deficit expected at Coachella Valley Unified as financial issues worsen

Coachella Valley Unified School District's projected deficit has increased by $5.5 million since March. → Read More

A private struggle, a public battle: High youth suicide attempts lead to calls for change in the Coachella Valley

Advocates say local schools aren't doing enough. → Read More

'I wanted out': One Coachella Valley girl's journey to save herself and others from suicide

With exceedingly high suicide attempt rates in the valley, some families fight to keep their children alive. → Read More