• Petitioned Rebecca Turrentine

This petition was delivered to:

President, LACOE BOE
Rebecca Turrentine
Vice President, LACOE BOE
Katie Braude
Board Member, LACOE BOE
Douglas Boyd
Board Member, LACOE BOE
Rudell Freer
Board Member, LACOE BOE
Thomas Saenz
Board Member, LACOE BOE
Dr. Jose Calderon
Superintendent, LACOE
Arturo Delgado
California Governor
President of the United States
California State Senate
California State House
U.S. Senate
U.S. House of Representatives

Anahuacalmecac International University Preparatory: Call on LACOE to Renew the Charter of Anahuacalmecac

    1. Petition by

      Semillas Community Schools

Semillas Community Schools has served the greater eastside of Los Angeles since 2002 drawing students from as far as Venice, San Fernando and Fontana as well. Semillas advocates for universal access to a university education for all in accordance with the internationally recognized rights of children, and Indigenous Peoples as affirmed by the United Nations through cultural relevance and community empowerment across the continent. In response to parent and student demand, in 2008, Semillas opened Anahuacalmecac International University Preparatory High School of North America authorized by the Board of Education of Los Angeles Unified School District. Semillas students, teachers and parents of Anahuacalmecac International University Preparatory are now calling for widespread support from the community at large. Regrettably, LAUSD failed to renew the charter of Anahuacalmecac despite impressive indicators of success due to back-room politics.

Semillas’ lead petitioners have appealed to the Los Angeles County Office of Education’s Board of Education to renew the charter of Anahuacalmecac International University Preparatory.

We call for upon the entire community to support Anahuacalmecac International University Preparatory founded by Semillas Community Schools. Semillas is possibly the only public school that includes as a part of its core curriculum indigenous language and culture in a comprehensive, college preparatory school design. Importantly, Anahuacalmecac has received acclaim and support from various respected external organizations including the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, the International Baccalaureate, the Seventh Generation Fund for Indian Development, the California Charter Schools Association, and the Native American Alliance for Charter Schools. Indeed, Anahuacalmecac students have even represented the concerns of their community before the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues under the guidance of educators and elders.

Most importantly, we ask for your support of our careful development of a curriculum based upon the indigenous heritage maternal language of the students Anahuacalmecac serves, Nahuatl. This includes U.C. approved, college preparatory aligned courses in Nahuatl language, culture, cosmovision and history, Anahuacalmecac’s students have access to through an innovative approach to a long-standing need among indigenous families. Additionally, the inclusion of indigenous arts, music, sports, dance and mathematics ensures that Anahuacalmecac prepares well-rounded youth for the 21st century with a grounded sense of self and community. Lastly, while Anahuacalmecac has notably advanced the rights of indigenous peoples by developing a curriculum responsive to its own People, it has also made concerted efforts to educate the residents of Los Angeles about the indigenous history and future of Los Angeles, southern California and North America as a whole.

For these and many other reasons, we whole-heartedly ask for your support for Anahuacalmecac International University Preparatory. 

 Visit: www.semillasdelpueblo.org

To:
Rebecca Turrentine, President, LACOE BOE
Katie Braude, Vice President, LACOE BOE
Douglas Boyd, Board Member, LACOE BOE
Rudell Freer, Board Member, LACOE BOE
Thomas Saenz, Board Member, LACOE BOE
Dr. Jose Calderon, Board Member, LACOE BOE
Arturo Delgado, Superintendent, LACOE
California Governor
President of the United States
California State Senate
California State House
U.S. Senate
U.S. House of Representatives
We, the community of Semillas Community Schools call upon the Los Angeles County Office of Education to renew the charter of Anahuacalmecac International Preparatory Schools of North America!

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    • Lynn Adams ESCONDIDO, UNITED STATES
      • 6 months ago

      As a descendant of the original pobladores of Los Angeles, I feel that the culture of the Native Americans needs to be preserved and in many cases re-learned since their customs and language were taken from them by the mission padres.

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    • Martha E. Lujan ALTADENA, UNITED STATES
      • 6 months ago

      It's important that cultures be preserved and that children be educated with a knowledge of their own history, language and culture. Our own Native Americans have many tribes whose language, culture, traditions have been obliterated by our stated need to kill the Indian and save the man. Let's not repeat this horrible historic error.

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    • Alejandra Alarcon HAWTHORNE, CA
      • 8 months ago

      These students are privileged with the opportunity to learn many of the things I did not become aware about until I reached higher education. These students are learning about their own history and culture at a much earlier age, preparing them with the knowledge and tools to engage the leaders society and advocate for all people of color. These are our leaders of tomorrow whom we cannot deny the opportunity to learn, develop, and engage.

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    • Esteban Moreno PARAMOUNT, CA
      • 8 months ago

      This is a community based school's whose mission is to empower students with knowledge necessary to access higher education, be strong leaders in their community, and grow holistically to become a better individual.

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    • martha mandujano BELL, CA
      • 9 months ago

      We are losing our youth to the materialistic dreams, drugs, violence. The root to identity is culture save what's left. Keep fighting young seeds don't give up for you have the power.

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