Confirmed victory
Petitioning Principal Domingues Principal Joe Domingues

Allow Mexican American Studies at Santa Maria High School!


Mr. Ricardo Valencia is ready to begin teaching a Mexican American/Chican@ & Latin@ Studies course at Santa Maria High School for next year but he is facing resistance!


Despite the fact many students have already registered for this class some SMHS staff members are attempting to block the class from being taught next year!


The staff members trying to prevent Mr.Valencia's class from happening next year claim that the Mexican American Studies course should not be allowed because it will “take away” students from other elective classes, as if students being excited about a class is a bad thing. Some teachers have even made subtle threats to Mr.Valencia, warning that he should wait until he gets his tenure and secures his job before he attempts to teach this course.

According to the Director of Accountability and Research of the Tuscon Unified School District, "there are positive measurable differences between Mexican American Studies students and the corresponding comparative group of students." Mexican American Studies students score higher on standardized reading, writing, and even math tests than their peers, are more likely to graduate from high school, [and] more likely to attend college.

 

The committee members trying to block this course from moving forward do NOT share the values of our community. The final decision is in the hands of Santa Maria High School Principal Joe Domingues by this Thursday May 24th!

We must stand up and tell Principal Domingues that no matter what a few staff members say, a campus that has over 2,000 Latino students and make up 85 percent of the entire student body, at the very least deserves one course that teaches our youth about the Latino community's contributions and struggles throughout history!

Letter to
Principal Domingues Principal Joe Domingues
I am deeply saddened that while Mr. Ricardo Valencia is ready to begin teaching a Mexican American/Chican@ & Latin@ Studies course at Santa Maria High School for next year he is facing resistance.

The staff members trying to prevent Mr.Valencia's class from happening next year claim that the Mexican American Studies course should not be allowed because it will “take away” students from other elective classes. This concern is purely based out of the interests of this select faculty rather than the students. Since when is it a bad thing for students to be excited about a course?

According to the Director of Accountability and Research of the Tuscon Unified School District, "there are positive measurable differences between Mexican American Studies students and the corresponding comparative group of students." Mexican American Studies students score higher on standardized reading, writing, and even math tests than their peers, are more likely to graduate from high school, [and] more likely to attend college.

The staff members opposing this course do NOT share the values of the community. Although they are trying to block this course moving forward, we know that the final decision is in your hands.

Our community needs you. No matter what a few staff members say, a campus that has over 2,000 Latino students and make up 85 percent of the entire student body, at the very least deserves one course that teaches our youth about the Latino community's contributions and struggles throughout history.

As you craft next year's class agendas, think of the students that make Santa Maria High School and do what's best for them. We need your courage to improve the educational success and lives of our youth. Please allow Mr.Valencia's Mexican American/Chican@ & Latin@ Studies course to be part of next year's curriculum.
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Sincerely,