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ERIC Number: ED521652
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-May
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 65
Improving Latino Education: Roles and Challenges for Superintendents and School Boards. CSRC Research Report. Number 11
Fan, Peggy; Walters, Jenny; Bochanty-Aguero, Erica; Haro, Carlos Manuel
UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center (NJ1)
The American education system is failing Latina/o students. Despite their significant representation in the student population, Latina/o students struggle in overcrowded, under-resourced schools and are too often limited to vocational curricula instead of college-bound options. About half of Latina/o students complete their K-12 education, and less than 10 percent graduate from college. In this report we survey research that explores how school boards and school superintendents can contribute to efforts to improve education for Latina/o students. The first part of the report looks at the challenges that educators face in large urban school districts and examines the implications for Latino communities. Next is an overview of the roles and responsibilities of the governance team and the issues that superintendents and school boards confront, with a focused look on school governance in Latino communities. This is followed by a discussion of recent events affecting the governance of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD ), the district with the nation's highest percentage of Latino students--71 percent. Finally, we take a look at best practices for district governance in Latino communities and offer recommendations on how school boards and superintendents can raise the achievement of Latina/o students. (Contains 7 figures and 10 notes.) [This series is a project of the CSRC Latino Research Program, which receives funding from the University of California Committee on Latino Research.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center