Governor Bill Richardson to Headline National Latino Education Summit

Governor Bill Richardson to Headline National Latino Education Summit


San Juan, PR and Newark, NJ–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–November 21, 2005–New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson will be one of many distinguished keynote speakers at the National Latino Education Summit which will be held March 12-14, 2006 at the El San Juan Hotel, San Juan, Puerto Rico.

This is the second national event of its kind and will be a showcase featuring the latest research and scholarship on issues impacting the education of Latinos in the United States. Featured research topics to be discussed include educational achievement at the K-12 level, how the implementation of the Bush Administration’s No Child Left Behind Act is affecting Latino children, bilingual education achievement results, pathways and college access, dropout and retention issues at the college level and access to graduate schools and the professions. In addition to the traditional conference deliberations, the summit will also feature a national press conference detailing the latest results of the most up-to-date research.

In addition to Governor Richardson, invited keynote speakers include Dr. Margaret Spellings, U.S. Secretary of Education and eight members of Congress, who will comprise a bipartisan panel discussing the results and impact of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act.

Other confirmed keynote speakers and presenters include Kurt Landgraf, President and CEO, Educational Testing Service, Dr. Carlos Hernandez, President, New Jersey City University, Dr. Sarita Brown, Executive Director, Excelencia in Education, Dr. Javier Ceballos, President, Kuztown University and Dr. W. Scott Swail, President, Educational Policy Institute.

The summit is a high level and energetic event. The bi-partisan congressional panel will include, when confirmed, Senator Mel Martínez, Congressmen Robert Menéndez, Joseph Baca, Lincoln Diaz-Balart, and Luis Gutierrez, and Congresswomen Hilda Solís, Loretta Sánchez, and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen who will have a full discussion of the No Child Left Behind Act and its impact on Latino students. The panel will be moderated by Dr. Rafael Aragunde, Puerto Rico’s Secretary of Education.

William Colon, President and CEO of The Latino Institute, the summit convener, is urging all interested educators to register early: “If you are interested in the latest research and the policy recommendations and actions which may result from these deliberations, you must join us in San Juan. This invitation is open to all educators, teachers, school administrators, supervisors, college students, and college personnel and administrators”.

The summit is being hosted by The Latino Institute, Inc. a national private, non-profit, charitable organization. The mission of the institute is to serve as a bridge between the Latino communities, and the educational, governmental, social and economic institutions of society by providing accurate, factual and timely information on the barriers and challenges affecting the education, growth, development and well-being of those communities and by developing, recommending, and advocating solutions and actions which may serve as a catalyst for change.

For more information on The Latino Institute, hotel accommodations, and conference brochure, please contact Carmen Torres, Conference Coordinator, at 973-481-2522 or via e-mail at:

The conference registration form is posted at

Governor Bill Richardson to Headline National Latino Education Summit