Education

Who is Advocating for Minority Students in Dallas?

By Mary Ann Zehr — June 07, 2010 1 min read

A Dallas Morning News story published on Sunday suggests that fewer activists are paying attention to whether the Dallas school district does a good job in educating minority students. The article makes the case that with a decline in African-American students in the school district, the community has lost some African-American activists who paid attention to issues affecting minority students in the district.

Meanwhile, the proportion of Hispanic students in the Dallas school system has increased. But some observers say a loss of black leaders is a loss for all minority children, suggesting that the Hispanic community has produced fewer school activists in Dallas than the black community.

Readers, what do you think? Do your communities have Hispanic activists with a strong voice who advocate for the educational needs of minority students, including English-language learners, in your school district?

A version of this news article first appeared in the Learning the Language blog.