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ACR-33 Latino Education and Advocacy Week.(2017-2018)

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Amended  IN  Assembly  March 23, 2017


Assembly Concurrent Resolution No. 33

Introduced by Assembly Member Reyes

March 13, 2017

Relative to Latino Education and Advocacy Week.


ACR 33, as amended, Reyes. Latino Education and Advocacy Week.
This measure would declare the last week of March every year as a statewide week of advocacy for Latino education.
Fiscal Committee: NO  

WHEREAS, The strength of the California education system and its place in a competitive global economy will depend largely on future educational outcomes among Latino students; and
WHEREAS, Latinos emerged as the largest minority group in the United States in the new millennium; and
WHEREAS, Statistically, since 1998, Latino children have become the largest minority student demographic in United States public schools; and
WHEREAS, Both Latino students and teachers have a high mobility rate, are located in racially segregated communities with high poverty rates, and attend schools with fewer resources, staffing, and programs; and
WHEREAS, The statewide graduation rate for Latino students reached 78.5 percent for the class of 2015, an increase of 15 percent since 2010, and college enrollment has increased; and
WHEREAS, Despite this progress, Latino students have among the highest high school dropout rate, and have lower scores on achievement tests and lower college enrollment rates than their peers; and
WHEREAS, Latino students represent an opportunity to increase diversity, strengthen the tax, labor, consumption, and investment pool, and increase ties with Mexico and Latin America; and
WHEREAS, On March 30, 2017, California State University, San Bernardino will host its 8th annual Latino Education and Advocacy Days (LEAD) Summit; now, therefore, be it and
WHEREAS, The LEAD Summit is celebrated under the direction of Professor Enrique Murillo, Jr.; and
WHEREAS, Over 1,000 people participate in the LEAD Summit annually; and
WHEREAS, The LEAD Summit is broadcast in seven countries and is viewed by millions of people on television and through cable networks; now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the Assembly of the State of California, the Senate thereof concurring, That every year the last week of March is hereby declared as a statewide week of advocacy for Latino education; and be it further
Resolved, That the Chief Clerk of the Assembly transmit copies of this resolution to the author for appropriate distribution.