Affirmative Action: Is it fair?

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.

December 14, 2017
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Investigating claims of carcinogenic turf

November 16, 2017

The San Mateo Civil Grand Jury has investigated the considerable health and safety concerns regarding recycled tire rubber, or “crumb rubber,” used for playground and athletic field surfaces. On July 10, the grand jury released a report urging school districts, including the San Mateo Union High School District, to stop the use of turf derived from rubber tires until an ongoing study by the Environmental Protection Agency provides further data on the health effects. Currently, the school’s football field is an artificial turf field, which has crumb rubber.

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Aragon adopts late start Thursdays

August 16, 2017

Last Spring, the SMUHSD Board of Trustees unanimously decided with a vote of 4-0 that on Thursdays, Aragon, Capuchino and Hillsdale will now hold teacher staff meetings in morning rather than the afternoon. As a result, students will now start school at 9:30 a.m and end school at 3:15 p.m as opposed to having the 1:45 p.m early dismissal every Thursday. According to the Schoolloop announcement, “This new late start…

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California drought effects Aragon water usage

October 20, 2016

Although El Niño significantly reduced the California drought, conserving water still remains an issue across central and southern California. Since 2013, Aragon was asked to cut to back 25 percent from the water consumption of each month prior to the drought. Because of this, Aragon has to compromise between the need to save water, and the need to maintain a functioning school life and a healthy appearance.

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