access, choice, education reform, opportunity

HCreo and thousands of Americans participate in School Choice Week

Join HCreo and thousands of Americans from all backgrounds on January 22-28, 2012 for National School Choice Week. Go to http://www.schoolchoiceweek.com to find out how you can participate.

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.

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