The California State Board of Education voted unanimously to renew the charter of Anahuacalmecac International University Preparatory High School of North America. Board members expressed resounding support for Anahuacalmecac's innovative and academically successful bilingual and intercultural educational design recognizing the importance of the mission to serve the needs of Indigenous Peoples at a key time of national and statewide educational transformation.
Students, parents and founders of Semillas Community Schools welcomed the California State Board of Education's unanimous vote to renew the charter of Anahuacalmecac. Serving students who reside in at least eighteen legislative districts around El Sereno, Anahuacalmecac's supporters included Senator Kevin De Leon, Senator Holly Mitchell and Senator Bob Huff.
Thanks to the active intervention of State Boardmembers Trish Boyd Williams and Bruce Holaday, a strategy for future expansion was presented to and supported by the entire Board. Fellow Board member Patricia Ann Rucker and Dr. Carl Cohn also expressed their enthusiasm for the school's petition. At one point Ms. Rucker exclaimed, "When I heard they were authorized IB, they had me there!"
Semillas would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to all of our supporters and allies along this protracted struggle as we seek to establish the equitable demand for the implementation of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. We welcome new supporters to donate to our nonprofit organization to help offset the costs of the battle. We look forward to seeking redress for the negative impact of the LAUSD's discriminatory actions and policies, while we work to expand access to maternal language, culturally relevant and autonomous education for all Indigenous Peoples.
About Semillas Community Schools:
Semillas Community Schools ("Semillas"), is a 501c3 Nonprofit Indigenous community-based organization that represents two successful and highly innovative community-based public charter schools serving the children of East Los Angeles. Semillas Community Schools are the first public schools in the city of Los Angeles to be authorized as International Baccalaureate World Schools. Semillas has developed a continuum of community-based charter schools from kinder through 12th grade that share an Indigenous pedagogy, international curriculum and multilingual educational program.