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Posted February 12, 2015

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New K-8 School to be named for scholar, civil rights activist Sánchez

APS’ newest school will open in fall 2015 on Southwest Mesa

George I. Sanchez

 [Albuquerque, NM]— The Albuquerque Public School’s Board of Education Policy Committee Wednesday night approved a name for the district’s newest school, a kindergarten through 8th grade that will open in fall 2015 adjacent to Atrisco Heritage Academy High School.

      Principal Gene Saavedra told the committee that school sent out ballots to families living the school’s attendance area with three names. The top three names were City View Collaborative Community School; George I. Sánchez Collaborative Community School; and Albert Einstein Collaborative Community School.

      The committee approved the name of George I. Sánchez Collaborative Community School. The full Board of Education will consider the recommendation of the committee at its regular meeting next Wednesday.

      Sánchez, who was born in Albuquerque, was a pioneer in American educational scholarship and a civil rights activist. He wrote Forgotten People in 1940, which was one of the first studies to document how Hispanics were losing land and influence to poverty and white encroachment. He later served as president of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), where he spearheaded several landmark civil rights law suits focusing on gaining equal public education rights for African, Native and Chicano Americans.

      Sánchez, who was born in 1906 and died in 1972, also served as superintendent of the Bernalillo County school district and later became dean of the college of education at the University of Texas at Austin, where the education building is named for him.

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