Latino public officials from across the country, representing more than 13.6 million Latino students (ages 5-21) currently enrolled in American schools, will gather in the nation’s capital next week to discuss the impact of sequestration and strategies for improving Latino student success with members of Congress and the Administration.
The Latino Elected and Appointed Officials National Taskforce on Education members will meet with federal education leaders in Washington D.C. from May 21-22, 2013 as part of a two-day visit to the nation’s capital.
The Taskforce is the only national, bipartisan education coalition of Latino leadership in the country, including school board members, higher education system leaders, and state legislators, representing a broad cross-section of leadership in the Latino education community.
The Taskforce was established in 2009 to address federal education issues that have a significant impact on the success of our nation’s Latino students.
As part of these efforts, Taskforce members will meet with members of the Administration, Department of Education and Congress to address a variety of issues and concerns, including the need for increased funding to foster the development of early childhood education programs that serve children and families, improved access to higher education for Latino youth and the creation of a more seamless transfer pathway for students from community colleges to four year universities.
The 26 member Taskforce is led by co-chairs Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education President, Monica Garcia and State Delegate, Ana Sol Gutierrez of Maryland. The Taskforce is part of the NALEO Education Leadership Initiative (NELI).