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    February 28, 2012 at 1:32 a.m.
  • Get real Beakus!! I think I will move to Mexico and demand that they educate me in English!! With my Englsh customs and with gringo teachers!!!

    Yep- that works for me!! Thank you TexMex2010, Jasosnbourne, and very specifically ZaPaTeRoChUpA!! I do wonder where you come from ZaPa!!

    Also I wonder that if the VISD personnel had realized how they were pitted against their employer if they would have agreed to do this article?!

    February 27, 2012 at 7:06 p.m.
  • We need to hire and retain the most qualified teachers regardless of their race and the students' race ... End of story.

    The teachers need to teach to everyone. Everyone needs to be treated equally ... No special favors for the minority students are necessary.

    February 26, 2012 at 4:02 p.m.
  • ZaPaTeRoChUpA,
    A most excellent post.

    February 26, 2012 at 3:03 p.m.
  • Good article - but lets be very careful. Yes, there is a disparity between the percentages of students and their teachers - but if you look deeper at the reasons why - there are no easy answers.

    There are simply not enough hispanic educators to hire. Demanding that the percentages be equalized, while not having the teachers to employ is simply foolish. The Texas Higher Education Board in a recent report noted that Hispanic enrollment in higher education increased by 88 percent from 2000 to 2010. Yea!

    But even college enrollment has its sobering side. Much of the growth has occurred at the community level, where graduation rates are far lower. More than HALF of Latinos leave community college in Texas with no degree. One explanation for this trend is that too many Hispanics still have modest aspirations for college, mainly because of financial pressure to support families. Latinos can help themselves by placing greater import on education, even if it requires sacrificing dollars earned today. In a 2009 survey by the Pew Hispanic Center, more than six in 10 adults said a major reason Latinos under-perform in school is because their parents don’t play an active role in helping their children succeed. Changing this attitude begins at the community level and requires the active participation of Latino leaders.

    Only 16 percent of Latino adults have an associate's degree or higher — compared to 33 percent of the total working-aged population in Texas, according to a report by Excelencia in Education, a Washington D.C-based non-profit organization focused on boosting Latino success in higher education. The national average is 38 percent.

    Bottom line: Yes, we need minority teachers. Instead of shaking your fists and demanding it (and blaming the school district) - how about giving us something to work with? (someone worth hiring)

    February 26, 2012 at 1:56 p.m.
  • Did you say 61 percent hispanic and 29 percent white students in VISD? If the Victoria Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is still active I would hope they have this disparity in mind when they look at prioritizing their goals for improvement for their race in our city since VISD only has 19 percent hispanic teachers.

    February 26, 2012 at 7:32 a.m.