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Letter: Minority student progress mixed at East Valley schools

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Posted: Friday, August 2, 2013 6:25 pm

I went through the “Top of the Class 2013” lists for all of the East Valley High Schools in the Chandler, Gilbert, Higley, Tempe and Mesa school districts.

I wanted to see how many Hispanic-American Students were listed as being in the Top of their 2013 Graduating Class.

Higley High School had one Hispanic-American Honor Student.

Mesa Skyline had four Hispanic-American Honor Students.

Desert Ridge had one Hispanic-American Honor Student.

Three out of the 19 East Valley High Schools who named their top students had listed Hispanic top students (two of Mesa’s high schools did not have students named).

The majority of the top students of 2013 were Asian (Chinese, Indonesian and Vietnamese surnames). Then came Indian (India/Pakistan) surnames and Anglo surnames.

We still see reluctance and intransigence by Democratic Arizona House and Senate legislators and of course, the teacher’s union, for any accountability or testing that would definitively show minority student progress. Why is that? We are talking billions and billions of tax dollars from Arizona and all of America being spent on English as a Second Language and a myriad of other minority-directed special programs to what avail? To what end?

The above list of the top students of the East Valley high schools clearly shows that students from foreign backgrounds, foreign languages, foreign alphabets have the family structure and support that is lacking in the Hispanic and other minority households.

The 1960s and 1970s Hispanic, black and Native-American political activists fought hard for these now wasted Educational Programs that have little parental support.

Leon Ceniceros


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