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We Need to Band Together to Close the Hispanic Student-Achievement Chasm

Author: Paul J. Luna, President and CEO, Helios Education Foundation

December 23, 2013

The following letter to the editor ran in the Monday, December 23 edition of the Arizona Republic.  The letter is in response to an article titled, "Bridging Arizona's Hispanic Student-Achievement Chasm.

Dear Editor:

Thank you for your Dec. 15 editorial on the Hispanic student-achievement chasm, “Commit, raise Latino student achievement.”

As Arizona’s fastest-growing population, Latino student achievement must be part of our collective priority to ensure that our state remains economically viable in a competitive global economy. By 2018, 61 percent of all jobs in our state will require a post-secondary license, degree or certificate. Even so, only 16.8 percent of Latinos in Arizona currently hold a two-year, post-secondary degree.

Closing the Hispanic student-achievement chasm will take leadership at all levels across our community and a recognition that every student, regardless of race or socio-economic background, deserves the opportunity to succeed across the education continuum. Not only is our state’s future economic viability hanging in the balance of this student-achievement chasm, but also the vibrancy of our communities and quality of life of our students.

Paul Luna, Phoenix

The writer is president and CEO of Helios Education Foundation.

Category: Education Excellence

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