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ERIC Number: EJ896430
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Feb
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 24
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1784
The Latino Education Crisis
Gandara, Patricia
Educational Leadership, v67 n5 p24-30 Feb 2010
Latinos now constitute the largest minority group in the United States and the fastest growing segment of its school-age population. Yet they are the least educated of all major ethnic groups. Poverty, lack of access to high-quality preschool, low levels of parental education attainment, and hypersegregated schools all play a crucial role. The evidence suggests that a continuing net of support for disadvantaged students--rather than isolated interventions--is likely to significantly improve students' academic outcomes and reduce achievement gaps. Supports need to begin in early childhood, with access to high-quality preschools, and continue throughout high school through programs that focus on dropout prevention and promote college attendance. Creating magnet schools that appeal to middle-class parents, working with health and social service agencies, and reaching out to parents in culturally appropriate ways can make a significant difference for many Latino students. (Contains 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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