United in feeling “we deserved better,” Rebecca Pena Ortiz stated she, Manuel Garza, and Richard Herrera are among the many Edgewood High School college students who staged a mass walk-out in 1968.
“We knew something needed to be done and it needed to change,” Ortiz stated.
Herrera stated the expertise “made us activists for the rest of our lives.”
He stated he and his spouse, who additionally was there that day, have at all times been lively in politics and schooling points.
Ortiz gave again to her group by devoting 30 years of her life as a instructor at Edgewood High School. She additionally sponsored a number of scholar teams to attempt to give them extra of what she lacked when she was there.
Garza additionally returned to Edgewood as a instructor, later serving on the varsity board, and now works on the Southwest Voter Registration and Education Project.
Garza stated, “We do voter registration. We train candidates. We train community organizers.”
District to revisit historic civil motion in social media marketing campaign
Eduardo Hernandez, Edgewood ISD superintendent, stated, the 1968 walkout “set that DNA of social justice.”
He stated to focus on its historical past, the district is getting ready to launch a social media marketing campaign early subsequent year.
“Our students need to know that the halls that they walk, the neighborhoods that they walk, are an important part of not just San Antonio’s history, but also the state’s history,” Hernandez stated.
Ortiz stated, “I would like for the students to be proud.”
History within the making
The historic walk-out that day cast a obtrusive highlight on the inequities of a poor college district counting on low property values for its tax funding.
Eventually, it led to the landmark case earlier than the U.S. Supreme Court which declared the funding system was unfair, however not unconstitutional.
In the years that adopted, more court challenges were filed by MALDEF, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund. Finally, rulings by the Texas Supreme Court declaring the general public college funding system in Texas was unconstitutional.
But greater than 5 many years after he walked out, Garza stated, “School equity funding still hasn’t been addressed. There’s still more work to be done.”
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