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.
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.
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.