The first Filipino American student school board member of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), Frances Suavillo has passed her first resolution.
Suavillo, a senior at Carson Senior High School, introduced the Filipino Heritage and History Month and dual language resolution which has received the full support of the school board.
LAUSD is the 2nd largest school district in the country. The resolution requires every school in the LAUSD school district to recognize October 2020 as Filipino Heritage and History month. “Whether that means putting out books by influential Filipino authors or having food at their Filipino club at their school, our culture will be celebrated throughout the district – a lot more people will know about our beautiful culture and heritage” says Suavillo.
Nationally, October has been recognized as Filipino American history month since 1992, since the arrival of the first Filipinos in America at Morrow Bay, CA on October 15, 1587.
The dual language resolution will also bring in Tagalog classes to LAUSD.