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To Education Sec. Nominee Betsy DeVos: Don’t Let Hispanic Kids Fall Through the Cracks

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump (L) stands with Betsy DeVos after their meeting at the main clubhouse at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, U.S., November 19, 2016.

Betsy DeVos,

On behalf of the Faith and Education Coalition of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, we congratulate you on your nomination to be the next Secretary of the Department of Education.

As advocates for students — especially poor and minority children — we are grateful for and celebrate your commitment to improving the education of all American children. We stand ready to support the Department’s vital mission of promoting “student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access.”

As you prepare for your confirmation and then begin your work at the department, we want you to know that we will be praying for you and your staff. To have a woman of faith serving our nation in this role is a deep blessing to us all.

Sharing the same spirit, we wanted to flag the fast-growing segment of American students — the more than twelve million Hispanic children enrolled in public schools. Hispanic students now represent the largest ethnic minority group in public schools, and their numbers are growing. Unfortunately, these students are particularly at risk of an inadequate educational experience, due to language issues, poverty and inconsistent academic standards. The impact these factors have on a Hispanic child’s education is enormous:

1. English Language Learner challenges: more than 9 million ELL students attend public schools, and the vast majority speak Spanish as a first language. These families are often highly mobile, therefore inconsistent education standards from state to state or district to district present an enormous challenge to mastering English in addition to content (thereby impeding academic success).

2. Poverty challenges: more than half of public school students are low-income students, and the poverty rate for Hispanic families exceeds the national average. Hispanic families are very supportive of education, so they…[READ ENTIRE ARTICLE HERE: http://www.christianpost.com/news/to-education-sec-nominee-betsy-devos-dont-let-hispanic-kids-fall-through-the-cracks-172570/ ]