The AT&T Foundation has awarded a $250,000 grant to the National Council of La Raza to support its Latino Education Reform Project, an effort to ensure that the educational needs of Hispanic students are met.
The project will focus on increasing the educational achievement of Hispanic students through policy formation at the federal, state, and local levels as well as identification and replication of best practices to be used in community-based educational settings. Policy activities will include increasing the access of Latino students to effective program interventions and shaping public school reforms to assure their responsiveness to Hispanic students.
According to research by the U.S. Department of Education, between 1986 and 1997 the percentage of Hispanic students in elementary and secondary schools increased at a faster rate than that of white and African-American students. A 1998 report issued by the NCLR found that Hispanic students are more likely to begin their education with high poverty rates, low levels of parental education, and limited English proficiency.
"This latest grant from the AT&T Foundation is extremely helpful to us in providing better educational opportunities to Hispanic students," said NCLR president and CEO Raul Yzaquirre. "I am very grateful to AT&T for their many years of support to the National Council of La Raza."