Let them go – Orange County Register

Re: “Transfer rules spark discussion” [News, June 28]: A more accurate headline would have been: “School district forces Latino students to stay in failing district.” Anaheim Union High School District has an overwhelming majority of Latino students. Now, the district has tightened its transfer rules in order to deny children the chance for a better education. Of the 806 students who applied for transfer out of the district, only 354 were allowed to leave. The district truly believes that people want to leave simply because they aren’t aware of the great programs the district has to offer. That sounds like the ivory tower elites are living a different reality than the actual boots on the ground.

The AUHSD has a higher-than-average class size over county and state numbers. Math and English scores are lower than the state average. And Latino students score lower than all other ethnicities. Yet, salaries in AUHSD are, on average, $26,934 greater than other California middle school teachers.

We already know that another Anaheim school district won’t let the Latino-majority Palm Lane Elementary School change into a charter school. There is the old adage, “If you love something, set it free. If it comes back, it’s yours. If not, it was never meant to be.” In the case of students trying to escape AUHSD, the district already knows the answer to that.

— Stephanie Born, Los Alamitos

Hutchens brought stability

Re: “Hutchens to step down at end of term” [News, June 28]: As a member of the Sheriff’s Advisory Board and a retired law enforcement officer, I can state without equivocation that Sandra Hutchens brought solid leadership and stability back to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office after Mike Carona was indicted and sentenced to jail.

Under Carona, the department was a playground for the sheriff and undersheriff. Political favors were given to the highest bidder, and kickback schemes were prevalent. Sandra Hutchens stabilized the department…

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