New Brief: The Latino Education Crisis

Posted by on March 23, 2009

New Forum Brief:  The Latino Education Crisis: The Consequences of Failed Social Policies

This forum featured Patricia Gándara, Professor of Education at UCLA, presenting an overview of her new book entitled The Latino Education Crisis: The Consequences of Failed Social Policies. The book argues that the education of Latino youth constitutes a critical policy imperative, finding that Latinos are the only group that “has not made significant progress in degree attainment in 30 years.” This crisis bears broad social and economic consequences, as Latinos represent the largest and fastest-growing ethnic minority in the country. Gándara identifies a broad web of issues that contribute to low rates of college enrollment and success, and offers policy recommendations. A panel of respondents included: Sarita Brown, President, Excelencia in Education; Michael Casserly, Executive Director, Council of the Great City Schools; Alejandra Ceja, Congressional respondent, House Education and Labor Committee.

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