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AMAE loses student advocate, community organizer and leader

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Congratulations to our own Maritza Avila, AMAE Oxnard Board Member, who was newly elected as NEA (National Educators Association) Director for District 5 this weekend. She will be serving and representing our students, our members, and our communities at the national level. We are very proud of her. Adelante Maritza.

Mr. Frank Armendariz, one of the founding fathers of AMAE. Passed on December 27, 2020.

It is with a heavy heart that we report the passing of Frank Armendariz, one of the Founders of The Association of Mexican American Educators (AMAE) 1965.  He served our children and community as a School Administrator for the Los Angeles Unified School District until his retirement. 

He captured the soul of AMAE when he created AMAE’s logo “El Fuego Nuevo.” 

AMAE congratulates President-Elect Biden’s nominee, Attorney General Xavier Becerra, to lead HHS. We are proud of Mr. Becerra, a former AMAE scholarship recipient, and his work representing the millions of families in California.

Xavier Becerra served 12 terms in Congress, representing Los Angeles, before becoming the attorney general of California in 2017.

Biden Picks Xavier Becerra to Lead Health and Human Services
The selection of Mr. Becerra, the California attorney general, is a surprise. If confirmed, he will face a daunting challenge in leading the department at a critical moment in the pandemic.



The Greatest Act of Defiance You Can Make



AMAE stands in support of the CA guidelines and in solidarity with CTA, student and their parents. Below is link to CTA’s website for open letter to legislatures.


Los Angeles AMAE Chapters Honor Garfield High School Student Dalia Hurtado

Left-Right (Jo Garza, Mary Rose Ortega, Honorable Victoria Castro, Garfield Principal, Antonio José Camacho and center student Dalia Hurtado)

July 9, 2020 – The Association of Mexican American Educators (AMAE) Los Angeles Chapters honor Garfield High School student Dalia Hurtado (LA Times, “Girl with family in two places,” June 30, 2020 http://enewspaper.latimes.com/infinity/article_share.aspx?guid=da7c58e8-0953-4744-a382-708185fefbb1)

DALIA HURTADO kicks for the Garfield High football team and plays four other sports to stay busy, but a deadly virus offers another challenge. (Gabriella Angotti-Jones Los Angeles Times)


The month of June 2020 will end in historical landmark victories for our LBGTQ+ and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) communities. The Association of Mexican American Educators, Inc. applauds our Supreme Court Justices for supporting these communities and future generations.

Our LBGTQ+ community will now be protected under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination based on race, religion, national origin and sex, applies to discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. In a 6-3 decision, Justice Gorsuch wrote the majority opinion.  We celebrate this long-awaited victory.

Close to 700,000 DACA recipients received a reprieve when the Supreme Court upheld the decision to uphold the 2012 DACA immigration relief program.  DACA recipients receive temporary protection from deportation and the ability to rightful employment.  Recipients must renew their application every two years. 

“Arbitrary and capricious” are words used by Supreme Court Justices ruling in support and preserving the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).  U.S Supreme Court Justices Roberts, Ginsburg, Breyer, Sotomayor, and Kagan ruled against the Department of Homeland Security and that the Trump administration violated the laws governing federal agencies when it decided to end DACA.

Our Dreamers have succeeded in completing their education by earning degrees in various fields such as law, engineering, medicine and teaching.  They are contributors to our society.  This fight is not over.  There needs to be immigration reform which will give them a path toward citizenship.  Looking over your shoulder should not be a part of life especially in a country they call home.

We stand with our DACA brothers and sisters.  Today, DACA recipients will sleep at night.

¡Que Siga la Lucha!  Get out the vote in Nov!


The Association of Mexican American Educators, Inc., joins in solidarity with the pain, grief, and anger felt by millions of people across the globe following another tragic killing of our African-American brother, George Floyd, at the hands of police brutality.

As our nation faces a worldwide pandemic, the murder of George Floyd adds yet another layer of angst to the crisis. A traumatized nation stood shocked – as we witnessed the slow demise of George Floyd – taking to the streets, raising our voice, asking for justice, and pleading for reform.

What is needed now is action.  There needs to be accountability and responsibility at all levels of our bureaucracy embedded with systemic racism.  It is only when these laws prohibiting this barbaric misconduct are in place and people willing to implement them, will we see change. If we do not act, we may be next.

It lays heavy on our hearts as our youth witness this behavior.  One that we have fought against for decades in hopes of bringing change to our community and society.

As educators, social justice and inequity need to be part of the students’ education to bring an awareness to the injustice we have witnessed and continue to witness today. We must become a united and inclusive family willing to stand up for our sisters and brothers. A united nation is our vision, but what we see is division due to our lack of vigilance. Each of us must teach by example. Humanity is not one of color, creed, religion, or politics.  It is about people, human life, and our human family.  During this time of crisis, we need to stand together not be divided by racial injustice and discrimination.

We stand for humanity.

We stand together with our Black brothers and sisters!

AMAE’s Mission

To ensure equal access to financial resources for a quality education for Mexican American/Latino students at all levels, validate and affirm cultural and linguistic diversity, advise local/state boards, legislators, administrators, and faculty on educational and financial policy, working partnership with parents and communities for the benefit of our students, retention, support, and development of Mexican American/Latino educators and all others committed to a top quality education in the 21st Century for our students.

AMAE History

The Association of Mexican American Educators was formed in 1965. It was born in conflict with the existing educational system and its inequality of educational opportunity for all students, in particular Mexican/Latino students. AMAE was organized to address the problems facing our students in the schools.
​Efforts were directed toward the elimination of English only rules, toward scholarships to encourage students to continue their education, and toward a drive to attract more Latinos to educational careers and into positions of leadership and influence. AMAE continues its legacy with local chapters throughout the state of California.

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AMAE Accomplisments

AMAE members have served as advocates and resources on boards, advisory groups, and committees in areas affecting the education of Mexican American/Latino students.
     ~AMAE has supported legislation and testified on issues crucial to our students and communities.
     ~AMAE initiated bilingual education efforts and has continuously been involved in the development and promotion of bilingual programs.
     ~AMAE has supported lawsuits in the areas of affirmative action and bilingual education.
     ~AMAE has awarded scholarships on the state and local levels.
     ~AMAE has sponsored an annual statewide conference for the past fifty years, offering expertise and quality workshops for educators throughout California.
     ~AMAE has produced newsletters, journals, position papers, and has published research in areas of education.
     ~AMAE has networked with CTA, NEA, Californian’s Together, Educational Congress, and other community and educational groups in support of mutual goals.
     ~AMAE has promoted various cultural and artistic events.
     ~AMAE initiated and has cosponsored the annual Chicano/Latino Youth Leadership Conference in Sacramento and regional youth leadership conferences statewide.
     ~AMAE initiated legislation for El Dia del Maestro Day of the Teacher in California, and has promoted its observance throughout the state.
     ~AMAE has advocated for students along with other advocacy groups such as Californian’s Together and MALDEF (Mexican American Legal Defense Fund)  for the fair treatment and research-based “Best Practices” for Latino children in school.