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Document Number: 5787

A Compromised Commitment - Almost 25% of the Hispanic population is located in the five southwestern states of Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico and Texas. Current education policies are not addressing the needs of the Hispanic population, as evidenced by a significant achievement gap and a high dropout rate. This report provides a regional profile of the Southwest, as well as profiles of the five states, which include demographic data, policy recommendations and other relevant information for each state. The authors argue that more effectively educating Hispanics will be crucial for the future prosperity of the entire United States, advocating for the creation of a “Latino Marshall Plan” to address the issue at the national level instead of the regional or state level. (Baltazar A. Acevedo Jr., Lee Roy Ortiz, Leonard Baca, Roberto Haro and Leonard A. Valverde, Hispanic Border Leadership Institute, March 2002)...

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