Since board members Jonathan Komrosky, Danny Gonzalez, and Jennifer Wiersma were elected as part of the Temecula Valley Unified School District (TVUSD) Board of Trustees in November 2022, there has been controversy when it comes to some of the educational measures they have approved. In December 2022, TVUSD’s Board of Trustees passed a resolution that banned teachers of K-12 from teaching Critical Race Theory (CRT) or similar topics. This resolution confused teachers and staff because many have shared how they already do not teach CRT.
Following three Latinx high school students in Holland, Michigan, the documentary of award-winning Director, Cynthia Martinez’s named ” First Voice Generation,” depicts their individual journeys as first-generation Latino students preparing to be the first of their families to attend college, while struggling with their identities in a predominately Dutch community.
A recent study by the National Association of Colleges and Employers found that students of color are less likely to have paid internships. Researchers surveyed more than 22,000 students from 470 colleges and universities in their Student Survey Report and found that just 10% of all graduating Latino seniors have had internships, compared to 71% of non-Hispanic white students. The study also found that less than Latinos account for less than 8% of students in paid internships. While more than 90% of internships in the U.S. House and Senate are paid, just 10% of Assembly offices in Sacramento pay their interns, and none do in the state Senate.
In order to help students pursue a STEM major at the higher educational level, the Edison Scholarship program was developed to help students from underserved community members, such as diverse ethnic groups, people with disabilities, women, low-income and LGBTQ+ populations.
Anaheim Union High School District opened the first permanent food pantry at Gilbert High School in partnership with the Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County.
Now that the Gilbert Mercadito is open, many students, families and community members will have the opportunity to visit the pantry twice a week.
Although students don’t face punitive consequences for excused absences, unexcused absences can lead to students being denied credit for missed work, excluded from extracurricular activities, and eventually taken to court and fined. Socioeconomically disadvantaged students are much more likely to have their absences labeled unexcused. This is also true for Black, Native American, Latino and Pacific Islander students relative to white, Asian American and Filipino students. Black students experience the largest disparity.
T.I.M.E Community School (TCS) is a STEM and Visual Performing Arts High School. TCS was approved as a charter school in the city of Montebello in July 2020. It went on to become one of the few schools in Southern California that were opened during the beginning of the pandemic.