Latino parents weigh in on what they want to see in schools to help California’s Latino students
Unfortunately, California’s Latino students are not succeeding at school at the same rate as students from other ethnic groups. Latino students make up the majority in California, with 3.3 million Latinos attending California’s K-12 public schools. There are also 1 million Latino students that comprise 35 percent of California’s higher education student population. Ryan Smith, executive director of The Education Trust-West, stated,
Given the number of Latinos in the state as well as the political power of Latinos in California, there should be a vibrant conversation about how to support the needs of Latino students and their families. California should be a model for that.
According to LA School Report, parents have weighed in on this issue and would like to see the following at schools to help Latino students: protection for undocumented students’ education, making sure money gets to schools to help English learners, holding the state and districts accountable for giving parents the tools they need to evaluate schools, and seeing more Latinos leading in classrooms.
Parents are worried about the future of undocumented youth after DACA ends and parents would like more protections to ensure the students’ education. California is near the bottom in the regards to the amount of money it spends for each student’s K-12 education, which is why parents would like to see more resources spent on English language learners. Last year, the California School Dashboard was released as the state’s new accountability system to give parents a fuller understanding of schools’ performance, but its complexity and lack of clarity on key information has parents asking for more accountability from the state and districts to give parents the tools they need to evaluate schools. Parents would also like to see more Latino bilingual educators so that there can be more multilingual language programs. Hopefully, Latino parents get what they are asking for to help their children better succeed at school.