Today, nearly one in four students in our nation’s public schools is a Hispanic youth. Making sure Latinos have the opportunity to achieve their dreams isn’t just a good thing, it is the right thing for the future economic health of Maryland and of our country.
As the first Latina President of Maryland PTA since its founding in 1915, I am proud to represent nearly one in three American workers of Hispanic descent that work every day to fulfill their dreams of education and prosperity.
From September 15 through October 15, our nation observes Hispanic Heritage Month. In our schools, children celebrate the incredible contributions of the Hispanic community, honor its heritage and look ahead to even more progress. The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) will provide an opportunity for true educational opportunity for all students and ensure that their educational success is shared in the Hispanic community as well.
We see successes every day, as the high school graduation rate for Latinos, the fastest growing population of students, has made great gains. Additionally, the high school drop out rate is at a historic low with the Hispanic dropout rate half of what it was in 2000.
As a teen parent myself who worked hard to attain my dream of becoming an Attorney, I want to help build the narrative on Latino progress and share promising practices for initiatives to close the achievement gap in key areas including early learning; K-12 and college access, science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education and Latino teacher recruitment. It is time we look forward to identify strategies and implement solutions to support all students to ensure their success. Today students in Maryland have incredible opportunities to make their potential a reality. Maryland PTA volunteers advocate for all children every day, as we work to collaborate, and build effective partnerships and increase family engagement for all students as we speak for every child with one voice. Una voz poderoza por cada nino.