Monthly Education Policy E-Newsletter September Edition
Attend the Common Core Town Hall on Monday, September 16 in New Mexico
LULAC, NIEA, and New Mexico Governor's Office to Host Series of Town Halls on Common Core State Standards
LULAC will be hosting New Mexico Education Secretary Hanna Skandera at the first of several community town halls scheduled to take place in New Mexico to educate the community about the implementation of Common Core State Standards. The first town hall will be held on Monday, September 16, 2013 from 5:30-7:30 P.M. at Christine Duncan's Heritage Academy located at 1900 Atrisco Drive NW, Albuquerque, New Mexico. To RSVP, please contact (505) 839-4971. Watch the town hall from your computer at www.LULAC.org/live.
Attend ACTober: LULAC's Fall Advocacy Days to Meet with Your Member of Congress
LULAC Members to Visit Congress for ACTober: LULAC's Fall Advocacy Days
Over 100 LULAC members from across the country will convene in Washington, D.C. to participate in Congressional visits. ACTober provides LULAC advocates and allies like you an opportunity to meet with their Member of Congress and their staff to discuss issues of importance to the Latino community, including education, health care, immigration, and civil rights. Participate in ACTober! Visit www.LULAC.org/actober for more information.
Spotlight on LULAC's State Advocacy
Common Core State Standards Implementation Across the U.S.
Click on your state to see CCSS implementation in your state.
LULAC/Univision Common Core Watch Parties Great Success in New Mexico and Florida
For more information about the meeting and to help with future townhalls/listening sessions, or other events in Florida, please contact Luis Torres. Last month, Univision and LULAC National announced that they would work together to help inform the community about the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). On August 24th, Univision aired a nationally televised segment on the CCSS. Led by national Univision anchor, Teresa Rodriguez, Univision’s one-hour segment featured teachers, parents, and community advocates. LULAC Watch Parties were held in Albuquerque, New Mexico and Miami, Florida in collaboration with the LULAC National Education Service Centers.
LULAC Education Expert, Mari Corugedo, Serves as Guest on Univision's Dra. Isabel Radio Show, Speaks on Common Core State Standards
On August 20th, 2013, Mari Corugedo, President of the Hispanic Educators LULAC Council in Miami, Florida, served as an education expert on Univision's Dra. Isabel show on WQBA/Univision Radio, 1140AM. Mari Corugedo informed parents and the community about the Common Core State Standards.
To hear a podcast of LULAC/Univision's CCSS radio segment, click here. [Mari Corugedo's segment begins at the 39:55 mark.]
For more information about these upcoming events, please contact Luis Torres.
Learn more about New Mexico’s Common Core State Standard’s implementation plan.
LULAC Joins Forces with New Mexico Education Leader Cadre
Following a successful meeting with New Mexico Governor Susanna Martinez, LULAC has continued to work with education advocates in New Mexico to educate the Latino community on the Common Core State Standards. In conjunction with the New Mexico Public Education Department and the NIEA, LULAC co-hosted a meeting with the New Mexico Education Leaders Cadre on August 12, 2013, at the American Indian Graduate Center in Albuquerque. The meeting convened education stakeholders interested in working on CCSS issues, like LULAC, the NIEA, and others in the state, and to coordinate CCSS communication efforts in that state.
LULAC New Mexico Hosts "Materials Review Day"
In conjunction with the New Mexico Public Education Department, NIEA, and the PTA, LULAC also held a “Materials Review Day” on August 9, 2013 at the Office of African American Affairs in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The review day allowed LULAC, and other organization, parents and stakeholders, an opportunity to provide feedback on various CCSS materials being developed by the State of New Mexico.
Information from the Department of Education
The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) at the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) released “The Nation’s Report Card: Trends in Academic Progress 2012,” a long-term trend assessment designed to track changes in the achievement of students ages 9, 13, and 17 since the 1970s. Notable in the report are the improvements among today’s Hispanic students compared to their peers years ago:
- 9-year-old Hispanic students scored 25 points higher in reading and 32 points higher in math; and
- 17-year-old Hispanic students scored 21 points higher in reading and 17 points higher in math.
As a result, while racial/ethnic achievement gaps persist, they are generally smaller than they were four decades ago.
Facts on Adult English Language Programs
- Did you know adult English language learners nationally make up 40 percent of the adult education population served?
- Which states have the highest percentage of English as a second language (ESL) students?
See a new fact sheet providing details of the student demographics in adult ESL programs, the progress they are making, and the allocations that support their education.
Watch the Documentary "TEACH" on September 18th
LULAC Joins White House Initiative to Promote the Teaching Profession
Join LULAC members and allies nationwide as we watch a documentary hosted by Queen Latifah that highlights the teaching profession "TEACH," which airs on September 18, 2013 at 8 - 10 PM. Offering a glimpse inside four public school classrooms, film director Guggenheim invites the viewer to follow the struggles and triumphs of America’s education system through the eyes, minds and hearts of its most essential resource: the teachers. Intense and emotional, this year-in-the-life of four public school teachers illustrates how tenacity, innovation and a passion for inspiring others drives these educators as they navigate the ups and downs of the 2012/2013 school year. The film aims to elevate the profession of teaching, foster media and community attention, and encourage high-performing students to rethink teaching as a career they might seek. See other times to view the documentary here.
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News Alert! LULAC Advances Education
- VOXXI: Should States Be Able to Opt Out of Common Core State Standards?
- VOXXI: Crowdsourcing in Education
- VOXXI: Campaign for High School Equity calls for action on education waiver
- MSNLatino: Luis Torres, LULAC Director of Education on Enfoque (video)
- KSNV Las Vegas: LULAC Leaders Say Much Accomplished, but work still ahead (video)
- VOXXI: Impact of Sequester on Latino Community
- VOXXI: State Report Cards Failing Students
- Univision: Recortes Presupuestales (video)
- Austin-American Statesmen: Lowering Academic Standards
- Voxxi: Budget Battles
- Voxxi: Crowdsourcing in education: Letting silent voices be heard?
- Orlando Sentinel: Students who haven’t mastered English are casualties of strict system
- Tampa Bay Times: Florida education news: School grades, summer school, ESOL and more
- Bradenton Herald: Thousands of Florida students “trapped” in ESOL, never catch up
- Telediario: VICTOR VALDES DE LA ORG LULAC NOMBRADO HOMBRE DEL AÑO [video]
- The Ledger: Ford Grant to Help Hispanic Students Graduate on Time from Tenoroc High
- Miami Herald: Dismal future for Hispanic students
- Bereavision Canal: Entrevista Luis Torres Director de Educación en LULAC [video]
- HuffPost Live: Schools Consider Backtracking Standardized Tests [video]
- Democratic Whip: Sequester at a Glance: The Avoidable Impact on Our Most Valuable Communities
- El Imparcial: Juzga LULAC histórico y positive avance de reforma migratoria
- News Taco: How much safer can safe border cities get?
- Rochester La Voz: Sequester cuts and Latino education: Vulnerable group on the crossfire
- Florida Sentinel: Are Florida tests unfair to non-English-speaking students? Some say yes
Special feature! Read Florida LULAC International Embassy to the U.S. and Latin America's August newsletter by clicking here.