National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators Adopt Resolutions for 2005

National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators Adopt Resolutions for 2005



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Washington, DC–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–December 8, 2005–At the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators (NHCSL) Annual Meeting the following resolutions were adopted on November 12, 2005, in Tampa, Florida, during NHCSL’s Third National Summit. Below is the title and a brief description of the resolution:

— Video Choice and Competition in the Hispanic Community that includes advocating for the increase of Hispanic-oriented programming, and non-discriminatory access to that programming, in all facets of the media; and greater and non-discriminatory access to video competition, in view of the fact that it provides more options for relevant content to our community.

— Multiple Criteria Assessment and High Stakes Testing that includes supporting the appropriate use of multiple measurements that include but are not limited to the student’s grades, school ranking, grade point average, writing samples, and/or teacher evaluations in combination with the student’s scores on standardized tests as essential elements of comprehensive student performance assessment.

— Adequate Funding of the Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) that includes supporting the principles of the Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), as adequate utility services are vital to the health and safety of American households.

— Healthy Child Initiative that includes supporting comprehensive policies addressing childhood obesity ranging from a multi-faceted approach, promoting and encouraging nutrition education as well as physical activity to combat the sedentary lifestyle that contributes to overweight and obesity in children.

— Student Disciplinary Alternative Education Programs that includes supporting policies that ensure school safety without compromising accountability and high educational standards. And to oppose in principle, “zero tolerance” and other harsh discipline policies that encourage the frequent use of suspension for student code violations or mandate expulsion to off-campus disciplinary educational settings or referral of students to juvenile or criminal court, without regard to the circumstances or nature of the offense or the student’s history; and policies and procedures that result in the warehousing of students in disciplinary alternative education programs without proper education standards.

The NHCSL is a nonpartisan organization representing the interests of Hispanic state legislators from all states, commonwealths, and territories of the United States. They are a catalyst for joint action on issues of common concern to all segments of the Hispanic community. For more information visit http://www.nhcsl.com.

National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators Adopt Resolutions for 2005