Ex-CPS principal discusses Latino education

June 18, 2011 4:55:27 PM PDT
The White House reports more than 11 million children in America's public schools are Latino but only 13 percent of Latinos have a bachelor's degree.

On Saturday, the Deputy Director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics talked about the need for improving that number.

Jose Rico spoke to the group El Valor at the Hilton Oak Lawn. He's a former Chicago Public Schools principal. Rico talked about President Barack Obama's goal for the United States to be the smartest, most educated country in the world by 2020. He also says that given their numbers, Latinos have to a part of making that happen.

"There is not an American crisis or a Latino crisis. Right now, the crisis that we're facing if we do not improve the Latino's educational attainment, we're not going to be able to improve the country's educational attainment," Rico said.

El Valor describes its mission as helping urban families achieve excellence.

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