LATimes - Wednesday, May, 21, 2003 Schools See `an...

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Wednesday, May, 21, 2003 Youths at campuses in disadvantaged areas meet with success as they demand improvements. Schools See ‘an Awakening’ of Student Activism By Erika Hayasaki Times Staff Writer Roosevelt High School's newly appointed principal, Cecilia Quemada, had barely been on the job for a month when a group of student activists approached her with a list of requests last October. The teenagers, who are members of an organization called United Students, spoke passionately about improving education for the 5,100 students who attend the severely overcrowded campus on Los Angeles' Eastside. The school is notorious for low test scores, and in 2001 it was one of 13 schools in California, and 10 in Los Angeles Unified, targeted for reform by the state. The students wanted more information on college preparatory courses and graduation requirements, improved academic counseling and culturally relevant social studies classes emphasizing the history of Latinos, who make up the majority of the student body. "The administration was making all of these rules we had to follow, but we didn't really know what was going on," said Rene Martinez, 16, a Roosevelt student. "It wasn't fair, so we decided we had to do something about it." Quemada had been charged with the task of revitalizing the campus, after the SEEKING CHANGE: Site coordinators Lizette Patron, right, and Lester Garcia, center, and Garfield High School student Rene Martinez attend a meeting of United Students at Inner City Struggle headquarters in East Los Angeles
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