PUERTO RICO

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In August of 2017, Puerto Rico was already facing a massive economic crisis. Then Hurricane Maria hit in September reshaping Puerto Rico in more ways than one. ​The official death toll reached a staggering count of 2,975, making it one of the deadliest hurricanes in history. According to a recent study by the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College in New York, more than 135,000 Puerto Ricans have fled to the U.S. mainland since the storm. Puerto Rico’s Governor Ricardo Rosselló is moving to privatize PREPA, one of the largest public power utilities in the United States. The governor is also pushing for privately run charter schools and private school vouchers. Now Puerto Rico is faced with the challenge of overcoming a major economic depression while also struggling to recover from a major natural disaster.

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