Bring the NMUSD AVID Tutors Back

Bring the NMUSD AVID Tutors Back

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Mily Navarro started this petition to NMUSD School Board

Our names are Milagros Navarro and Anahi Flores and we are current Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) students at Newport Harbor High School. With the support of our fellow classmates and community members, we are writing this letter to implore you to take action on supporting the AVID programs of NMUSD. We strongly believe that the District is doing a great disservice to the NMUSD community by not allowing for the return of our AVID tutors.  Not having the tutors working is putting students in jeopardy, both from the AVID community and from the general school community. The AVID tutors are essential to the success of students like us and by not allowing AVID tutors to work, you are creating an equity issue. During these difficult times, it will behoove the district to try to make things as normal as possible for all students. We feel strongly that we are being marginalized and left out of the college dream. The taking away of tutors as a benefit to support students of color and of lower socioeconomic backgrounds is unjust. Some of us do not have the luxury, as many of our peers have, to hire private tutors and have regular access to their teachers. Without the tutors, our grades have started to drop and we are no longer on the pathway of success that many of us have been working hard towards, some of us since elementary school.  We need the tutors especially in these times because of all of the changes being made. The academic and emotional stresses have only increased with these changes. Not only do these AVID tutors assist us with our academic struggles, but their presence in the AVID program brings much-needed normalcy and emotional support that we are currently lacking.  Our AVID tutors have helped us with so much, and we can only imagine how much they have helped other students in need. 

This is a time-sensitive and urgent matter because we only have 8 weeks left in the semester and we are in need of tutor support. We hope you all understand and consider that our education and mental health are being put in jeopardy. We hope that you will see the importance of this and take action to allow the AVID tutors back.  We look forward to hearing from you.

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