Propose to the Arizona Department of Education and any other appropriate authority the Creation of a Commission for Graduation Guidelines (AIMS) in Secondary Education

WHEREAS, the League of United Latin American Citizens is this nation’s oldest and largest Latino organization, founded in Corpus Christi, Texas on February 17, 1929; and

WHEREAS, LULAC throughout its history has committed itself to the principles that Latinos have equal access to opportunities in employment, education, housing and healthcare; and

WHEREAS, we believe in the democratic principles of individual political and religious freedom, in the right to equality of social economic opportunity, and in the duty of cooperative endeavor towards the development of an American society wherein the cultural resources and integrity of every individual and group constitutes basic assets of responsibilities and duties and asserts our rights and privileges in the pursuit of a fuller and richer civilization for this our native country; and

WHEREAS, the current policies and procedures implemented in many secondary schools discriminate against minority students by denying them equal access to education as they seek eligibility to graduate with their peers at the secondary education level; and

WHEREAS, the current process for graduation can be improved in many ways to include that all educational staff, counselors, and administrators, and school boards take strong leadership roles in providing awareness to all students regarding the augmentation process. LULAC recommends that an appeal process be developed and that all interested parties be informed at the beginning of every school year; and

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), State of Arizona propose to the Arizona Department of Education and any other appropriate authority the creation of a commission for graduation guidelines. This commission shall provide all students equal opportunity for graduation with their peers in secondary education.

Approved this 1st day of July 2011.

Margaret Moran
LULAC National President