Univision Anchor Jorge Ramos Takes the Long View on SB 1070

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Jorge Ramos, Univision Anchor (The Takeaway)

Jorge Ramos is an anchor on the Spanish language television network Univision, and author of A Country for All: An Immigrant Manifesto. A familiar face in Hispanic households across America, Ramos regularly covers the immigration debate. Ramos talks about Arizona's hobbled law, and where immigration reform can go from here. He says that the time is right for immigration reform, "but that nobody has the political courage in Congress to do something about it."

Guests:

Jorge Ramos

Produced by:

Posey Gruener

Comments [5]

cristo Melendez from Katy, texas

From: Katy ISD [mailto:communications@katyisd.org]
Sent: Thursday, August 16, 2012 4:47 PM
To: Melendez Family.
Subject: Message from Superintendent Frailey

Dear Katy ISD Parents,

Very often in our lives, whether it is in our family life or work life, we face challenges that force us to make tough decisions – decisions that sometimes quite frankly we really do not want to make. But the circumstances dictate that something has to be done or else we shirk our responsibility either as a parent, a business leader, or as a school district. Sometimes these decisions impact others negatively, which makes the decision making process that much harder.

The most recent decision to reduce bus service in Katy ISD was one of those times. We knew that removing bus routes would have a tremendous impact on our community, particularly on those who have come to rely on the high level of transportation services we have provided for so many years. However, I believe that it is necessary to understand why these changes were recommended by the administration and approved by the Board of Trustees

Aug. 23 2012 11:52 PM
cristo melendez from katy, texas

In spite of our proactive efforts to recruit and maintain drivers, we have struggled year after year to have drivers for all of our routes on a consistent basis. The addition of four new schools, in direct response to our continued growth, created a condition where our transportation staff could no longer maintain the level of service we have historically provided. Without a reliable team of qualified drivers, providing the same level of service is simply not possible. It was for this reason – and this reason alone – that we made the recommendation to the Board of Trustees to decrease our transportation services.

Many have alleged that we do not care about their children, yet I can tell you that there is not one single person who was part of this decision who would want to see any child come to harm because of this change.

I know there are petitions circulating asking for restoration of bus service to last year’s levels. If given the opportunity, I would sign each one of them. But unfortunately, none of those signatures will add a single driver and change the fundamental facts of this situation. That does not mean, however, we are doing nothing and simply accepting things the way they are today.

Since we opened our transportation hotline last week, our staff has been reviewing the data and input received from parents and other members of the community. Based on their work some routes have been restored, including those routes that bring students from east of the Grand Parkway to Cinco Ranch Junior High and High School. Our team continues to review routes throughout the district and will restore them wherever possible using the resources we have available.

We have a great opportunity this year to make this one of Katy ISD’s best years; a year in which we will have a chance to chart the course for our district’s and community’s future. Have we gotten off to a rocky start? Yes we have. Does it have to set the tone for the remainder of the school year and our future? Absolutely not.

The way that we come together as a community and overcome this challenge will say a lot about us. I personally believe in the best about Katy and know that we will work together and do everything we can for the benefit of our children both inside and outside the classroom. I can assure you that we here in Katy ISD will continue to work tirelessly towards that goal.

Alton Frailey
Superintendent, Katy ISD

Aug. 23 2012 11:47 PM
cristo melendez from katy, texas

If you really care about our children, show it. Words are only words until you demonstrate them with actions.

As parents we don’t believe that a signatures will add drivers. We believe that signatures make conscious people to correct wrong decisions. I don’t think your answer to the parents efforts to express our concerns is neither professional nor caring.

It sounds really interesting that you are resolving the problem for the schools at the Cinco Ranch area… will you do the same for the kids of the north part of Katy? I think we all pay our school taxes.

If you want this year to be the best year, give it a good start. As a teacher you should know that a kids’ performance is influenced by many factors. One of them is transportation. Do you think that a kid that needs to walk miles to get to school from home and vice versa will have the same energy level to study than one that is riding a vehicle?

Mr. superintendent. What would you do for your own kids? Katy ISD kids are your kids. Will you demonstrate your capacity as the district administrator? Will you be able to provide a solution? Or will you just passively allow the problem to affect our entire community?

The way you overcome the challenge you are facing right now, will say a lot about your capacity as the school district Superintendent.

With all my respect,

Aug. 23 2012 11:45 PM
cristo Melendez from katy, taexas

If you really care about our children, show it. Words are only words until you demonstrate them with actions.

As parents we don’t believe that a signatures will add drivers. We believe that signatures make conscious people to correct wrong decisions. I don’t think your answer to the parents efforts to express our concerns is neither professional nor caring.

It sounds really interesting that you are resolving the problem for the schools at the Cinco Ranch area… will you do the same for the kids of the north part of Katy? I think we all pay our school taxes.

If you want this year to be the best year, give it a good start. As a teacher you should know that a kids’ performance is influenced by many factors. One of them is transportation. Do you think that a kid that needs to walk miles to get to school from home and vice versa will have the same energy level to study than one that is riding a vehicle?

Mr. superintendent. What would you do for your own kids? Katy ISD kids are your kids. Will you demonstrate your capacity as the district administrator? Will you be able to provide a solution? Or will you just passively allow the problem to affect our entire community?

The way you overcome the challenge you are facing right now, will say a lot about your capacity as the school district Superintendent.

With all my respect,

Aug. 23 2012 11:43 PM
cristo melendez from katy, texas

Dear Mr. Frailey,

As the district superintendent, you should exhaust all possibilities to keep Katy ISD as one of the best districts in the nation. An excellent school district not only involves the academic progress of its kids. Transportation is one of the most important aspects that reflects the efficiency of the district authorities. Remember, this aspect is about ensuring our kids’ safety.

It’s really heart breaking seeing parents desperately trying to do all their best to get safe transportation for their children. Especially when we were informed about this problem only two weeks before the classes begin. The majority of the parents work full time and just can’t find a safe way for their kids to go to and from school. It’s also heart breaking just imaging little elementary kids walking long distances on rainy, hot, cold days... You may say the distances are only “half mile”. Per the new transportation guidelines, that half mile is “radius”, not real. There are kids that will need to walk more than a mile! Even a 30 minutes’ walk for little legs that step at a time cannot advance much.

As you mentioned, Katy ISD has always provided a “high level of transportation services”. The district set up a high level of excellency that, as parents, we demand to continue. If you and the Board of Trustees believe that high level is “too much” to do. That just reflects a mediocre level of thinking; because, excellence, always requires to do more to improve.

Do you call proactive efforts to recruit drivers, having only two employment vacancies on the school district web-site? With the addition of four new schools and the cut on transportation for so many children, it’s proven that in order to provide better service for one part of the community, you and your team are forsaking another part of the community. If you thought you could manage opening new schools, you should have prepared effectively to respond to the increasing demand of resources this decision was going to bring.

Aug. 23 2012 11:37 PM

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