ERIC Number: ED464799
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
A Compromised Commitment: Society's Obligation and Failure To Serve the Nation's Largest Growing Population. A Report on the Educational Experience of Latinos in Five Western States.
Arizona State Univ., Tempe. Hispanic Border Leadership Inst.
The Latino population in the United States is growing, especially school-aged children. Yet, because most of the increase in the Latino population is concentrated in the Southwest, the educational problems and needs of this population are viewed as state or regional issues. Policymakers must look beyond their state borders and realize that in this matter, the Southwest is a bellwether for the country, and systemic changes that address Latino educational issues will benefit all of America. This report presents a snapshot of the current educational conditions and circumstances of Latino youth in Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, and Texas. Sections on the region and on each state provide data on Latino population growth, Latino K-12 enrollment, enrollment of students with limited English proficiency, Latino high school graduates, dropout rates, enrollment in community colleges and four-year colleges and universities, and state expenditures. Discussion focuses on the deficiencies of education for Latino students; social attitudes, as reflected in the mindset of policymakers and voter endorsement of anti-bilingual education initiatives; court litigation on behalf of Latino students; and state legislation and expenditures. Specific recommendations are offered for each state. (Contains 50 references.) (SV)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Educational Attainment, Educational Indicators, Educational Needs, Elementary Secondary Education, Enrollment, Higher Education, Hispanic American Students, Limited English Speaking, Population Growth, Underachievement
Hispanic Border Leadership Institute, Arizona State University, P.O. Box 872411, Tempe, AZ 85287-2411. Tel: 480-727-6364.
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Policymakers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Arizona State Univ., Tempe. Hispanic Border Leadership Inst.