With origins dating back to the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, affirmative action, as defined by the West Encyclopedia of American Law, currently “refers to both mandatory and voluntary programs intended to affirm the civil rights of designated classes of individuals by taking positive action to protect them [from discrimination].” Such laws and programs, usually instituted in higher education and the American workplace, generally have goals of promoting diversity and making up for past cases of discrimination. This, however, was not always the case.
Last month, the administration implemented a new policy that requires students to wear a hall pass when leaving a classroom. According to the administration, this policy has been enforced in order to distinguish between those who leave to go to the bathroom and those who are ditching class.
The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals provided undocumented immigrants temporary social security numbers, work permits, a chance to enroll in education and renewable protection from deportation as an executive order from President Obama in 2012. However, recently, President Trump has announced the end of the program, and gave Congress six months to decide if DACA will continue.
This summer, science teacher Katherine Ward received the Outstanding Biology Teacher Award from the National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT) for the state of California award after being nominated by California Teacher Advisory Council (CalTAC) colleague Heidi Haugen.
Through the efforts of Aragon’s baseball community and the school district, the school’s baseball field has undergone renovations.
The San Mateo Union High School District board (SMUHSD) is currently contemplating changing the school start time from 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., so students can gain an extra half an hour of sleep.
With November around the corner, debates about the politicians, the presidential candidates and the acts being voted on are swarming across the Aragon campus. The acts being voted on include a gun control proposition, a cigarette tax, a plastic bag referendum, a multilingual education act and a proposition to repeal the death penalty.