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Protest can hurt students on AIMS test

Note that the superintendent thinks the "real learning opportunity" with regard to cultural or political issues should take place "after the school day or on weekends." He expresses a majority view. What we need is the philosophy of classrooms without walls, taking learning to the streets.

by Jim Rice, superintendent, Alhambra School District

Over the past two weeks, we have seen thousands of students leave schools to participate in protests against federal immigration House Bill 4437.

I thank the Hispanic political leaders, including state Sen. Richard Miranda, D-Phoenix, and state Rep. Ben Miranda, D-Phoenix, for encouraging students to stay in school. As we approach the state's AIMS testing window, every day counts.

This test not only measures students' success, but schools and districts are evaluated based on these test results. Missing one day of school puts a child and school in jeopardy.

The Alhambra School District believes students have the right to express their beliefs about cultural or political issues, but after the school day or on weekends and with their parents. This could be a real learning opportunity if handled in the right manner.

It doesn't take a walkout or protest for students to express themselves. Students want a voice; let's provide that opportunity in a safe, supervised learning environment and add meaning to their education.

— Jim Rice
Arizona Republic


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