Why Hispanics are at Risk
Even as Hispanics emerge as an increasingly dominant force our country’s current system of education too often segregates us, denigrates our well-being, destroys our youth, deprives us of opportunity, denudes our community of political power, and steals from too many children the dream of opportunity.
This failure of our system threatens to widen the disparities within our American society, deprive our fastest growing population segment of a bright future, and promises destructive and costly social turmoil for our entire nation. Let there be no doubt that our basic constitutional framework of fundamental rights and freedoms is, today, at great risk.
What does it mean when our country’s largest minority population (and fastest growing) — a hard-working and talented group — is 44% functionally illiterate? What does it mean when our system of education produces a Hispanic high school dropout rate of nearly 50% (a dropout rate more than double that of white students)? How does this reality comport with our founding vision of the land of the free and home of the brave? What does our country guarantee if not the fundamental rights of all citizens? The truth is this: if the right to an adequate education for America’s most vulnerable and largest minority population is denied, everyone’s rights are imperiled.
- Wells Fargo recognized HCREO for outstanding leadership in education reform (timesofflorida.com)
- Who Really Owns the 2012 Hispanic Vote? (battlegroundstates2012.com)
- Latinos 2012: It’s Not Just about Immigration. (timesoftexas.com)
- NAACP warns black and Hispanic Americans could lose right to vote (guardian.co.uk)
- Are Hispanics America’s Next Great STEM Innovators? (forbes.com)
- Chicago News Cooperative: Chicago Program Aims to Create More Black and Hispanic Teachers (nytimes.com)
- LeBron James Shoots PSA To Address High School Dropout Crisis [Video] (hiphopwired.com)
- NAACP Warns Black and Hispanic Americans Could Lose Right to Vote | Common Dreams (2012indyinfo.com)