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