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Latino Pastors Around the Nation Object to Education Chairman's View on NCLB

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WASHINGTON-(Business Wire)- On Monday, July 30, Rep. George Miller (D-CA), Chairman, U.S. House of Representative Education Committee, called for serious changes to the No Child Left Behind law asking for additional ways to measure school performance. The National Coalition of Latino Clergy & Christian Leaders (CONLAMIC) is protesting these remarks reporting NCLB is the only mechanism in place to provide parents with information that gives them options.

The 16-member CONLAMIC board, representing 16,000 churches in 32 states, delivered a strong message in a letter to Rep. Miller. CONLAMIC is concerned that NCLB is now in the hands of leadership seeking to make changes that could halt the progress being made nationwide for minority and low-income students.

"Adding news ways to measure school performance waters down the law and diminishes accountability and transparency. Lawmakers must further strengthen this law by adding teeth to the current measure rather than making it flexible," said Reverend Miguel Rivera, President of CONLAMIC.

"Thanks to NCLB, for the first time ever, parents see the transparency in our public school system. Schools are required to make their test scores available to all. Parents can now see if schools are providing a quality education," stated Rivera.

CONLAMIC supports the reauthorization of NCLB and is working to increase awareness among its members of this education crisis.

In response to the alarming national 40 percent dropout rate among Hispanic students, CONLAMIC leaders have begun an "Education Ministry" initiative. Through this initiative CONLAMIC is committed to establishing 100 new Christian private schools by 2017 to provide an option for parents faced with low-performing schools.

Working collaboratively, CONLAMIC and the Washington-based Hispanic Council for Reform & Educational Options (Hispanic CREO) has educated thousands of Latino parents and members of the Latino evangelical churches to help them understand the benefits and tools the NCLB law offers. Armed with this vital information, parents are empowered to make the best choices for their child and are not forced to settle for attending low-performing schools.

"School transparency leads to parent empowerment and parents are the only ones who will truly hold schools and lawmakers alike accountable for needed change. This is a key result of NCLB," said Maite Arce, Vice President of Hispanic CREO.

The National Coalition of Latino Clergy & Christian Leaders (CONLAMIC) is the largest Latino Christian advocacy organization in the nation. For more information, visit www.conlamic.org.

— Press Release
National Coalition of Latino Clergy & Christian Leaders
2007-08-03


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