FB Mayor Upset With LULAC Program At R.L. Turner

By Matt Thomas, NewsRadio 1080 KRLD

There is controversy in the Carrollton-Farmers Branch School District over a mentoring program that involves volunteers from the Latino rights group LULAC.

The mayor of Farmers Branch is calling for an end to the program at one of the district’s high schools.

The school district says LULAC is just part of a mentoring program at R.L. Turner High School that is being put on through a grant from Ford.  Although the 75 students in the program are being mentored by representatives from a number of groups, Farmers Branch Mayor Tim O’Hare says LULAC should have no involvement because he says they are a political group.

A spokesman for LULAC says Mayor O’Hare is the one politicizing the issue.  LULAC spokesman Brent Wilks says they’ve invited O’Hare to come see the mentoring program at Turner, but so far, he hasn’t.

In a statement, the district says the mentors are of all ethnic backgrounds, and the students have a parental permission.

The Ford Motor Company funded grants to 10 LULAC chapters, encouraging involvement with schools to engage in dropout prevention.
Representatives from a local LULAC council approached the district with this grant funding to create a mentorship program called Driving to Dreams: Leadership in Action program.  The program’s purpose is strictly educational and motivational while focusing on staying in school and pursuing dreams of higher education. Our Campus Improvement Committee, made up of parents, staff and community members, approved the program and agreed that the program had merit and that it would benefit our students and campus.
As part of the program, there are mentors from many organizations including the Dallas Bar Association, SMU, Brookhaven, UTD, C-FB Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and LULAC who are professionals and/or university students in the community working in partnership with campus administration to mentor 75 students.  Both mentors and students come from all backgrounds and ethnicities: Hispanic, White, Asian and African-American.
The parents of students involved have been invited to participate.  The students are meeting periodically to hear different professionals speak about their career paths.  The speakers have included attorneys, police officers and judges.  The program includes leadership training and college campus visits.  The mentors will also assist students with college applications. Future sessions include etiquette, community service, professional panels, and parent outreach.

The program is already making a difference.  One student said, “I really like hearing that people like me have made something of themselves.”

In the Carrollton-Farmers Branch Independent School District and at R. L. Turner, we encourage community involvement and mentoring.  Working with various professionals, groups, and organizations, we can make a difference in the lives of our students and accomplish our goal of high achievement for all students.

  • Shawn

    If it comes from LULAC, it can’t be good.

    • Norma Jean

      you obviously don’t know much about LULAC! Ignorance is bliss.

      BTW, Turner was the party that made the selection of 75 students that they thought needed the mentorship, not LULAC, not any of the other groups volunterring to help make a difference. So get your facts straight! Also, it amazes me that anyone would be against trying to improve the dropout rate, try to improve student motivation, try to improve students skills. Truly amazing!!!

  • Tom

    The mayor has to differentiate between our citizens and resident aliens of Mexican discent and those who are here illegally. Is he just anti latino?
    While I agree that illegals cause a great deal of problems and are of great concern, those who were born here or who are resiednt aliens and naturalized citizens have only added greatly to our heritage and culture. They may look alike, but are quite different in other ways.

  • Cisco

    While LULAC has many worthwhile programs throughout the nation and attempts to work in harmony with local elected officials, it will never shy away from addressing controversies affecting local Hispanic communities. Mayor O’Hare you are completely out-of-line on this as you have been on many other issues regarding American citizens of Hispanic ancestry. Attend this program and you will eat your own words.

  • Outside

    What’s the ethnic breakdown of the school and then what is the ethnic breakdown of the program. If they don’t mirror exactly, and it weighs heavily on one sector there is an agenda.

  • Rick McDaniel

    The question is, are they targeting citizens or illegal immigrants? That is the question. Support for illegal immigrants needs to be removed.

  • FB Dude

    Tom, Mr. O’Hare is definitely NOT anti-latino you obviously do not know him. I agree with him 100% that LULAC has NO place at RLT or any other school for that matter. You don’t even need to go past their mission statement to understand: “Advancing the economic condition, educational attainment, political influence, health, and civil rights of Hispanic Americans through community-based programs operating at more than 100 LULAC councils nationwide.” This group is to the Hispanics what the KKK is to the Whites and what the Black Panthers are to the Blacks and NONE of these groups have any business indoctrinating our kids. This is an outrage!

    • FB chick

      Once again, people reacting without getting the facts. Volunteers mentoring the 75 kids chosen by Turner are not all from LULAC! duh!!!

  • FB Dude

    The point is that NO ONE should be from LULAC!!!

  • Angela

    As a proud R.L. Turner graduate, who has gone on to earn a bachelor’s degree from a top-tier university, will graduate with master’s from one of the few Nationally accredited programs in my field, and as someone who works in a school district, I have to say that it is a shame that anyone, especially the mayor of a city, would stand in the way of the advancement of education. While I understand the link between the program and a potential “allegiance” to LULAC and its endeavors in the future, the link between O’Hare’s issue with the program and his (and the city’s) past legal issues with LULAC are even more obvious. People have a problem with the Hispanics in the city (illegal or not), but they have a problem with measures being taken to help increase opportunities and build a better future for young Hispanics (though this program is intended for at-risk students of all ethnicities). With this mindset, they can’t win.

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