WhereaS, education is a fundamental right in California; and 

WhereaS, the CAHSEE requires high school students to pass the exit exam as a condition of graduation from high school effective with the class of 2006; and 

WhereaS, it is estimated that about 50,000 or 10% of current seniors have failed to pass the exit while many of these same students have successfully completed their course work and achieved excellent or satisfactory grades; and 

WhereaS, the recent Williams lawsuit demonstrated that countless students are not getting a chance to succeed as they attend overcrowded and taxed schools, taught by teachers not credentialed in language arts or math, lacking sufficient instructional materials; and 

WhereaS, state law requires that the State Board of Education and the Superintendent of Public Instruction create appropriate testing alternatives for these students; 

Therefore be it resolved, that LULAC urges Governor Schwarzenegger, state legislators, the Superintendent of Public Instruction, the State Board of Education, and its local educational leaders to make education a top priority for all by leaving no student behind and creating different means for students to show they have earned high school diploma.


Adopted this 1st day of July 2006.

Rosa Rosales
LULAC National President

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