LULAC Mentoring Program Goes Before School Board

By Emily Trube for 1080 KRLD

FARMERS BRANCH (KRLD) – A controversial mentoring program at a Farmers Branch high school is up for discussion by the school board this week.  The drop-out prevention program uses members of LULAC as mentors, something the city’s mayor is not happy about.

The “Driving to Dreams – Leadership in Action Mentor Program” at RL Turner High School puts community leaders, including members of the League of Latin American Citizens (LULAC), together with at-risk students. The drop-out prevention program is being funded by a $20,000 grant by the Ford Foundation.

Farmers Branch Mayor Tim O’Hare says the civil rights organization does not have a place in the schools. He also says he thinks the LULAC members will use the opportunity to talk to kids about politics and social issues.

RL Turner Principal Georgeanne Warnock says the program is not about politics.  During this week’s Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD Board of Trustees meeting, she will present data showing big  decreases in absences, disciplinary action and course failures by the 75 students who are involved.

Georgeanne Warnock spoke with 1080 KRLD

Mayor O’Hare has had experience with LULAC before.  Members spoke out  when he championed a city ordinance prohibiting landlords from renting to undocumented immigrants in 2007.

Beatrice Martinez of LULAC on 1080 KRLD

Emily Trube reporting for 1080 KRLD

  • alice wonderland

    Tim O’Hare is going to far. Any program that addresses the issues of drop-outs, discipline, and acadamic preformance and does not cost the school district or tax payers any money is outstanding!

  • Ana

    I think if Mayor Tim O’Hare is attempting to keep things equal he must ensure all other community leaders participating in this program are not part of ANY social and/or political groups as well. Do not just single out the LULAC members.

    On the other hand, I welcome diversity and others’ points and views on mentoring our young adults. That’s what makes America great, the freedom to speak!

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