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While a top Los Angeles public school is set to close for supposedly violating environmental laws, a low-performing campus with a radical Mexican separatist curriculum will remain open against the advice of district officials who say students aren’t getting a necessary fundamental education.

Academia Semillas del Pueblo (Seeds of the People Academy) is a controversial, taxpayer-funded school founded in 2001 by an America-bashing Chicano who claims the “white, American way will lead to destruction.” The curriculum was devised by a radical Mexican group that strives to return the American southwest to Mexico and the school’s charter emphasizes anti-Americanism, collective governance and Mexican culture as its three main focal points in the education of students. Instead of Old Glory, the campus flies a communist flag and teaches children the ancient Nahutal language of the Aztecs.

The principal and founder, Calexico-educated Marcos Aguilar, opposes racial integration and says Mexicans in the U.S. don’t want to go to white schools or drink from white water fountains. He blasts the landmark school desegregation decision in Brown v. Board of Education and claims that segregation and civil rights in the U.S. are all about white supremacy.

This is consistent with the preaching of Mecha, which stands for Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan. The militant group was founded at the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1969 with the goal of returning the American Southwest to Mexico because in Chicano folklore California, Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico and parts of Colorado and Texas are in fact Aztlan. This is the indoctrination that Academia Semillas del Pueblo’s 300 students undergo compliments of Tio Sam.   

As unbelievable as it may seem that the U.S. is funding this school, it’s true. Back in 2006 Judicial Watch obtained California public records exposing this scandal (see JW’s special report). Taxpayers are actually financing a school where Mexican culture is promoted to the exclusion of American ideals and instruction in the English language doesn’t begin until fourth grade. The end result of these outrageous policies is that the Chicano school has the lowest rank possible in the California Department of Education’s Academic Performance Index.

So why hasn’t the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) taken action? A story in California’s largest newspaper seems to indicate that it’s not politically correct to shut the Chicano school down, despite its well-documented failures. The article reveals that the school board recently overruled senior administrators who recommend closing the perpetually low-performing campus. The school’s test scores dropped 92 points last year and just 22% of students are at grade level in math and 30% in English.

In the meantime, a top performing charter school in the district, the nation’s second largest with an enrollment of over 700,000, is set to close at the end of this academic year. Why? Because the facility that serves as its campus lost a court battle over compliance with environmental laws. Never mind that students at the science and technology school have some of the highest scores in the LAUSD.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In a frightening revelation, the government has conceded that nearly 1 million violent crimes committed at public schools throughout the United States are not reported to police, probably to shield perpetrators from disadvantaged and minority communities.

What else could it be? Why wouldn’t administrators responsible for keeping kids safe in a learning environment call police when a violent crime is committed on their campus? The unbelievable statistic comes straight from a report published jointly by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Department of Education (DOE).

Incredibly, it covers only one academic year, 2009-2010. American public schools say that 1,183,700 violent crimes were committed on campus yet only 303,900 were reported to local law enforcement. That means an astounding 879,800 violent crimes were not reported to police!  This includes rape, robbery, attacks with weapons and sexual battery. At school! What on earth keeps a teacher or principal from speed-dialing police?

The crimes were committed in public school buildings or adjacent grounds. Some took place on those taxpayer-funded yellow buses that shuttle students around before and after the bell. The offenses happened before, during or after normal school hours, or when school activities or events were in session, the federal report says. In all, 74% of the nation’s schools were the scene of violent crimes during the academic year yet only 40% reported them to police.

Here is a breakdown; of 725,300 physical attacks only 194,200 were reported to police, according to the feds. Even when “serious violent incidents” were committed, law enforcement was only contacted about half the time, in 23,500 out of 52,500 cases. These events are defined as rape, attempted rape, sexual battery or crimes involving weapons.

Of 3,600 sexual batteries that occurred in public schools during the year, only 2,200 were reported to police and more than 100 rapes went unreported. Attacks involving weapons were also covered up at an alarming rate, the schools admit in the report. Only 4,400 out of 14,300 were reported to police and less than half of the 19,200 threats of physical attack with a weapon were reported.

The data was compiled from a variety of sources, including national surveys of teachers, students and principals. Other information was obtained from a DOE study of violent deaths in schools as well as a variety of other government surveys on youth risk behavior and crime and safety. Besides the crime reporting statistics, the report also covers topics such as bullying, teacher injury, school conditions and drug and alcohol use among students.

Back to the theory behind not reporting school crimes to police, the Obama Administration has applied tremendous pressure to cut back on disciplining minorities because they are disproportionately suspended in public schools. In fact, the administration launched a special program last summer to discourage the expulsion of delinquents in order to eradicate a “school-to-prison pipeline” composed mainly of blacks and Hispanics.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A new law forcing public schools to develop a curriculum that portrays minority figures—including gay, bisexual and transgender—positively and forbids all negative depictions is being challenged in California, where state law allows citizens to achieve a sort of people’s veto.The measure (SB 48) was passed last month and requires that social studies instruction include the positive role and contributions of Native Americans, African Americans, Mexican Americans, Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, European Americans, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans, and other ethnic and cultural groups, to the development of California and the United States.Any teaching that reflects negatively on these groups is prohibited in all of California’s 9,324 public schools which have more than 6 million students. Even the state’s largest newspaper, notoriously liberal and always politically correct in its coverage, is disturbed by this. In an editorial blasting the new measure, the Los Angeles Times points out that California has been “politicizing its textbooks for years,” therefore creating an “unwanted intrusion into academic issues.”The editorial appropriately asks; “… Do we really want textbooks to include the details of a historical figure’s sexual orientation even when it might have nothing to do with his or her role in history? And does it make sense to require that portrayals of gay people focus on contributions and not anything that could be construed as negative?” The paper’s conclusion: “Real history is richer and more complicated than feel-good depictions.”If that characterization has been made by the notoriously leftwing mainstream media, imagine what the average American thinks? Fortunately, California law allows for a referendum or so-called people’s veto of objectionable legislation. The process requires a certain amount of valid registered voter signatures (in this case more than 500,000) to be gathered within a deadline (in this case the end of September).When the signatures are gathered the law is suspended temporarily until it is voted on next year. A conservative coalition is spearheading the effort in an attempt to block SB 48 and its preposterous requirements. To fill out a petition and learn more about the drive, visit  http://stopsb48.com/

America’s progress is “impossible” if Hispanics keep lagging in education because their success is of “immediate and long term importance” to the U.S. economy, according to a new Obama Administration report that vows to enhance opportunities for the “Latino community.”Published this week by the Department of Education, the enlightening document (Winning the Future; Improving Education for the Latino Community) says that the success of Hispanics in education and in the labor market is crucial to the nation’s economy. The information comes as the president launches a full-throttle campaign pandering to immigrants and their liberal advocates. It was also conveniently released to coincide with Obama’s junior college commencement speech today in Miami Florida, which has an immense Hispanic population that includes many illegal immigrants.Tragically, Hispanics have the lowest education attainment level of any group in the country, which means that the nation’s economy is at stake if you believe the Obama Administration’s argument. That’s because Hispanics face “persistent obstacles to educational attainment.” Those include low enrollment in early learning programs, dismal high school graduation rates and the fact that few Hispanics complete graduate or professional degree programs.This is unacceptable since Latinos (the report uses Hispanics and Latinos interchangeably) are by far the largest minority group in the American public education system, according to the DOE. More than 12.4 million Hispanics are enrolled in U.S. elementary, middle and highs schools, which accounts for about 22% of all students in the taxpayer-funded system.“Hispanic students have graduated at lower rates than the rest of the population for years, making America’s progress impossible if they continue to lag behind,” according to Juan Sepulveda, the community activist Obama appointed to run the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. “Strengthening and improving educational excellence in this community isn’t just a Hispanic problem,” he added. “It’s a challenge to the entire country.”Sepulveda, who claims that Latino education attainment is important in the global contest for jobs and industries, was rewarded with his cushy DOE job after serving as chair of Obama’s presidential campaign in Texas. Truth is that the DOE, created by Jimmy Carter, is largely viewed as an unnecessary federal agency that interferes with public education, which is supposed to be run by states.Before joining the Obama Administration Sepulveda ran a well-funded Texas nonprofit that works to reduce “cultural tensions” by doing things like creating a “bi-national community”in the San Diego/Tijuana border area. Part of his education initiative includes developing the next generation of Latino teachers with “minority-serving institutions.”

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