Washington, DC–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–July 19, 2006–The America’s Opportunity Scholarships for Kids Act is a proactive measure taken by the United States Department of Education that would provide 23,000 scholarships for low-income students in under-performing schools.
Currently, 1,065 public schools in the nation have failed to meet Adequate Yearly Progress standards for six or more consecutive years. Furthermore, the Department of Education expects an additional 1,000 schools to be added to the list after the announcement of this year’s Adequate Yearly Progress results.
“Most of the public schools on that list serve high-poverty and minority students, including many Latinos,” said Rebeca Nieves Huffman, President and CEO of Hispanic CREO, “who deserve better educational opportunities and resources to close the student achievement gap. It’s a known fact that a higher percentage of Hispanics do not complete high school, in comparison to White and Black students – this must stop.”
America’s Opportunity Scholarships for Kids Act would provide $10 million in scholarships to 10 cities, serving approximately 2,735 recipients from low-income students who are attending persistently failing public schools under No Child Left Behind benchmarks. The act would create two scholarships in the amount of $4,000 and $3,000 for private school tuition and payment for supplemental educational services such as after-school tutoring.
“Today, education is the most important function for upward mobility in the Hispanic community, but the success of our Latino children depends on their ability to access a high quality education. For this reason, we are pleased that the United States Department of Education is striving to expand parental choice in education,” said Huffman.
Based in Washington DC, Hispanic CREO’s mission is to improve educational outcomes for Hispanic children by empowering families through parental choice in education. Hispanic CREO’s purpose is to be a national voice for the right of Hispanic families to access all educational options and to be an agent for equity and quality in education. For more information, please visit, http://www.hcreo.org.