ERIC Number: ED249307
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Hispanic Dropouts: Community Responses.
Orum, Lori S.
This paper focuses on the dropout rate of Hispanic students and provides an overview of dropout programs developed by Hispanic community-based organizations (CBOs). First, the paper documents the disproportionately high percentage of Hispanic dropouts, and considers the way in which school districts compile and report dropout statistics. Next, dropout causes and contributing factors are described. These include family background and responsibilities; parental expectations; school experiences; low socioeconomic status; lack of support from teachers and counselors and from student programs; and the fact that many Hispanic students attend schools with limited resources. Low student achievement and the resulting tendency to drop out are also linked to the widespread enrollment of Hispanics below grade level--a prevalent problem among the limited English proficient. Because of their limited financial resources, Hispanic CBOs are said to rely largely on existing services for presenting or helping dropouts. New programs are initiated, it is said, only when existing ones are inadequate and when funding can be obtained from shrinking government funds and other sources. The programs developed by Hispanic CBOs, however, are described as different from other public and private programs in both philosophy and operation: they are based on the assumption that youth and adults who have dropped out can and will succeed if given the right opprtunity and environment. (GC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Council of La Raza, Washington, DC.