A group of parents on their fourth day of a hunger strike took their protest against the El Paso Independent School District to headquarters.
Parents from Beall Elementary and Burleson Elementary are calling out the Superintendent of EPISD in specific, for what they say is a lack of communication. However, the district said there’s a process to follow and these parent’s haven’t done that.
“They say that there’s a protocol and they keep on saying that over and over. All Beall parents have been trying to for the past three years and they still haven’t been able to go talk to him,” Maria Roman, a parent from Burleson Elementary, said.
The group continued to search for answers about the school board’s decision to shut down both schools, and said they have been following protocol for the last three years.
“So they cannot say that we have not followed protocol. I feel that he continues to give us the runaround and I feel it’s because of that, that he refuses to meet with us,” Hilda Villegas, a parent from Beall Elementary, explained.
In response to the hunger strike, EPISD sent KTSM the following statement:
“Nothing has changed in our position to rightsize the district. We know that in order to make EPISD sustainable, we must take the difficult steps to rightsize the number of campuses to meet the number of students enrolled in our District.”
However, that still did not cut it for these parents who said they feel discriminated against.
“It’s going to affect the accessibility of education in the barrio which should be priority for EPISD,” Villegas shared. “Right now they’re not looking at that.”
Parents said there are groups that stake outside the schools 24/7 to continue to protest against the proposed closures.
“So we’re hoping that he can speak to us and tell us where they got their statistics to close our schools which are safer than the other schools they’re trying to send us to,” Roman added.