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There’s a movement underfoot in the Hispanic church community to change the way the culture thinks about education.

The problem: despite considerable gains, Hispanic students still have the highest high school dropout rate among all major racial and ethnic groups and lag behind these groups when it comes to graduating from college. Fourteen percent of Hispanic high school students drop out before they complete high school.

The National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, the nation’s largest organization of Hispanic churches, is working to “rebrand” the concept of education to Hispanic pastors and families.

Newsroom Talk recently sat down with Dr. Gus Reyes, the NHCLC’s chief operating officer, to talk about how that works. Among his suggestions: encourage pastors to end Sunday night services early so students can get a good start to their school week and allow students to place report cards in the offering plate as part of their worship experience.

Newsroom Talk likes how big concepts like education can advance with such simple and practical approaches.

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