San Antonio, TX – On Thursday, April 17, 2014 the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce went before City Council to stress the importance of Algebra II in support of a City Council resolution urging all School Districts throughout San Antonio to make the Distinguished Achievement plan the default graduation plan for high school education across our city.
On January 27, 2014 the Hispanic Chamber’s Board of Directors voted to support Algebra II as a standard requirement for all high school students, which is needed to be eligible for “top 10 percent” college admission and state grants.
The San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce advocates for more rigorous academic standards in order to prepare our young people for future workforce jobs. Algebra II is a key component of developing the critical thinking skills needed by businesses and remains the gateway for entering college. By not requiring Algebra II in certain high school graduation plans, Texas is potentially limiting the capacity of all children to achieve their full academic potential and perhaps their career options.
“More than 60 percent of our San Antonio jobs today require strong math and science skills,” said Ramiro Cavazos, President & CEO of the Hispanic Chamber. “As a business community, we need to ensure that all our students are given equal access to curriculum opportunities to better connect education with economic development.”
The Hispanic Chamber is asking educators, business leaders and parents to send letters to local school districts encouraging them to include Distinguished Achievement plan in their required curriculum.
For more information, please call the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce at (210) 225-0462.