Linda Chavez and her so-called Center for Equal Opportunity are sponsoring "civil rights" litigation seeking to eliminate bilingual education programs in the the Albuquerque Public Schools and to declare New Mexico's Bilingual Multicultural Education Act unconstitutional. The lawsuit, filed on behalf of seven Albuquerque families, purports to represent the views of numerous parents – especially Latinos – who are dissatisfied with bilingual education.
Yet recruiting parents as plaintiffs in this suit seems to be an uphill struggle. Incentives other than a sincere concern for children appear to be necessary – as indicated by the following leaflet, which was distributed at some Albuquerque schools this spring.
DO NOT PERMIT APS TO DISCRIMINATE AGAINST YOUR CHILDREN
Hispanic New Mexican, Native Americans, Anglos and others. APS receives over 13 million dollars for bilingual education for the west side, north and south valley. The program does NOT exist! It's a sham. Don't let APS exploit your students. Join parents in a lawsuit. Our lawyers are working free of charge. Your child stands to receive $10,000 for damages and discrimination.
Our child's name is ________________ and
attends __________ school at
(Please check item that applies to your
Please sign and return form by April 7, 1998 to:
David Standridge, Atty at Law
For more information on the Albuquerque case, see "Bilingual Wars Escalate," by Patrisia Gonzales and Roberto Rodriguez