As Los Angeles schools and others this week observe the 50th anniversary of the East L.A. walkouts, when thousands of Mexican American students marched to demand a better education, much attention has focused on those who became known as the Eastside 13.
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos toured Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., on Wednesday to offer her support after last month’s mass shooting, but some students panned the visit for failing to provide more access to student journalists.
On Tuesday, DeVos’ office said the visit would be closed to media “out of respect for the students and faculty” who returned for their first full day of class at the South Florida campus since the Feb. 14 shooting that left 17 people dead.
At a short news conference after the visit, DeVos said she met with “a small group of students that are having a particularly tough time.” She said their faces lit up when she asked them about the comfort dogs dispatched to their school.
Florida’s Senate on Monday narrowly passed a sweeping yet contentious bill to increase school safety and restrict gun purchases, nearly three weeks after the shooting that left 17 people dead at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.
California’s public colleges and universities face a “drastic disparity” in diversity between their undergraduates, who are overwhelmingly students of color, and their predominantly white faculty and campus leaders, a new study has found.
That mismatch can negatively affect student academic success and must be addressed, says the report by the Campaign for College Opportunity, a Los Angeles nonprofit.
“Our public colleges and universities have to do more than communicate that they ‘value’ diversity while tolerating its absence,” Michele Siqueiros, the nonprofit’s president, said in a statement. “We can no longer accept excuses that leave out African Americans, Latinx, Asians and women from faculty and leadership positions in our colleges and universities, especially when we know including them on our campuses is key to our students’ success.”