The Social Justice Education Project

A Critically Compassionate Intellectualism for Chicana/o Students

Authored by: Julio Cammarota , Augustine F. Romero

Handbook of Social Justice in Education

Print publication date:  December  2008
Online publication date:  June  2009

Print ISBN: 9780805859270
eBook ISBN: 9780203887745
Adobe ISBN: 9781135596149

10.4324/9780203887745.ch29

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Abstract

In the fall semester of 2001, 1,805 Chicana/o students began their freshman year in the Tucson Unified School District (TUSD). Four years later, the graduating class of 2005 consisted of only 1,133 Chicanas/os. Over the course of four years, the district had lost 37.3% of these students. This decrease in Chicana/o students is not an aberration. Every graduating class—throughout the last several years—reveals this pattern of attrition.

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