Orlando's Latino Leadership organizes the Latino Family Conference
Hispanic Council for Reform and Educational Options (Hispanic CREO) mobilizes and Orlando's Latino Leadership organizes the Latino Family Conference because it's choice not chance that determines your future!
Orlando, FL - As students across America return to school this fall, Latino Leadership, the Hispanic Council for Reform and Educational Options, and corporate sponsors come together with parents, students, school teachers/administrators, and concerned citizens to inform more than 200 families about choosing the best educational environment for their child's success .
There is an urgent need to act on closing the educational achievement gap and increasing access to a quality education for all students. The statistics on Latino education are dismal - the Hispanic high school dropout rate is at nearly 50%. Less than 17% of students entering a post-secondary school are Latino. Of those, less than 12% complete their education.
Last Year, the Corporate Tax Credit Scholarship served nearly 33,000 students at 1,033 private schools throughout Florida. The scholarship is provided by contributions from corporations that receive a dollar-for-dollar tax credit from the state. Those tax credited dollars provide valuable scholarships worth up to $5,400 for students whose household income qualifies them for free or reduced-price lunch.
Julio Fuentes, President and CEO of Hispanic CREO says - "school choice programs have demonstrably increased student graduation rates, improved parental satisfaction, and enhanced student learning. As Latino leaders, stakeholders, and parents we must continue to work with parents, students, and stakeholders to increase educational opportunities for Latino children, including charter schools, scholarship tax credit programs, and opportunity scholarship programs as necessary and important options to help Latino children succeed in school."
"As President of Latino Leadership, I have worked with families for a long time, getting to know their major concerns; Education ranks number one on their agenda. Our Southeast Regional Latino Family Conference will accentuate the importance of family involvement for their child's academic achievement," expressed Marytza Sanz, President/CEO of Latino Leadership. "We welcome an open and frank discussion about Latino parents' responsibility in their family's outcomes".
The Latino Family Conference will take place on Friday, August 12, 2011 from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM at Valencia College East Campus, with lunch provided. Due to high demand, registration for the conference has closed. Volunteer opportunities remain.
Special acknowledgement is given to TD Bank, Wells Fargo, Coca-Cola, Disney, HUMANA, Valencia College, University of Phoenix, InCharge Debt Solutions, Federation of Families of Central Florida, Espresso Events, and others for making the 2nd Annual Southeast Regional Latino Family Conference possible.
About HCREO: Hispanic CREO's mission is to improve educational outcomes for Hispanic children by empowering families through parental choice in education. We achieve this by providing parents with free information and resources, which help them to become advocates for their children. Hispanic CREO is the only national Hispanic public policy organization dedicated to speaking on behalf of Latino families to advocate for educational options and support programs that increase parental choice in education. For more information about Hispanic CREO visit www.hcreo.com or call (561) 340-1408.
About Latino Leadership: Latino Leadership is 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to guarantee the welfare of our children by pursuing the development of a model, strong and vibrant Hispanic community for Central Florida through leadership development and empowerment, education advancement, and economic community development. Through an extensive network of programs and services, Latino Leadership is able to provide the community much needed enrichment opportunities. To learn more about Latino leadership, visit
www.latino-leadership.org or call 407-895-0801.