Fernandez asks, how has the Hispanic majority in our schools changed business as usual?
Reed: We have always been committed to serving the population in our region, of which 96 percent is Hispanic. We have to do what we've always done "faster and with less resources."
King - I'm in my 36th year, and that's the demographics we have always dealt with. "We've really learned as the state has made changes, as the expectations have raised, we've learned not to make excuses but to roll up our sleeves and work hard." What we are doing can show the rest of the state what to do as their Hispanic populations rise.
García - It takes more effort to provide an environment where Latino students can succeed. "We are known for chess in Brownsville. It's often the antithesis of what you might imagine five year olds who are at risk should be doing." What is it about teaching things like chess to a young bilingual mind that helps them down the line?
Brown - This phenomenon is going to be growing around the country. "At Excelencia we look at national data and college going patterns among different populations." For Latino students, most of them are the first to achieve that level in their families. They don't have the information when they start, so it's important to help Latino students get on the right path.