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Panel experts discuss future of Latino education


CLEVELAND, OHSilvia Jiménez-Hyre, Ph.D., assistant to the dean at Youngstown State University and an appointee to the Ohio Commission on Hispanic/Latino Affairs, and Myrna E. Villanueva, Ph.D., special assistant to the president at Cuyahoga Community College, will discuss education in the Latino community at noon on Wednesday, November 30, 2005, at The City Club of Cleveland.


Dr. Marla E. Pérez-Davis, chief of the Electrochemistry Branch at NASA Glenn Research Center, will serve as moderator.


School-aged young people make up 37% of the national Latino population (compared with 27% of non-Latinos). Education is frequently cited by Latinos as a top policy concern, and much attention has been given to the academic achievement disparities between Latinos and their non-Latino counterparts. Nationally, Latinos have lower graduation rates—state records show Cleveland schools at 40%—achievement test scores, and college completion levels.


Despite these seemingly daunting statistics, Latinos demonstrate an overarching faith in their local schools and are eager to engage the system and take responsibility for ensuring their children’s success (results from survey by the Pew Hispanic Center/Kaiser Family Foundation).


The panelists will explore the following questions: Do we lose important opportunities by ignoring cultural differences and barriers, such as immigration, English-language abilities and lure of the job market? How important is the family as a determinant in establishing educational priorities? How can education help to produce the needed business and civic leaders of the future?


This is the final program in the Latino Initiatives Series Sponsored by KeyBank.


Tickets for this City Club Special Program are $13 for members and $20 for non-members. Lunch is included. Reservations are required at least 24 hours in advance of the event. They can be purchased by calling The City Club at 216.621.0082 or visiting the website at www.cityclub.org.


Established in 1912 to encourage new ideas and a free exchange of thought, The City Club of Cleveland is the oldest continuous free speech forum in the country, renowned for its tradition of debate and discussion. The City Club’s mission is to inform, educate and inspire citizens by presenting significant ideas and providing opportunities for dialogue in a collegial setting.






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