Friday, August 14, 2009
President Barack Obama's education team visits San Diego Mesa College this weekend to talk about reforms that could help Latino students in school.
SAN DIEGO President Barack Obama's education team visits San Diego Mesa College this weekend to talk about reforms that could help Latino students in school.
San Diego is the team's first stop on a week-long tour across California. The education town hall meetings focus on which school reforms are needed to improve the academic performance of Latino students nationwide.
Rita Cepeda is president of San Diego Mesa College. Her campus is hosting the White House visit. She says its time to stop talking about the problem, and start moving forward with solutions.
“Not just lofty goals of, ‘Let's close the equity gap,’ or ‘We know the family has to be included,’ well how? How practically and specifically are our schools prepared to do that?”
Latino students in California still lag behind their white and Asian counterparts on state test scores. And the high school dropout rate is the most pronounced among Latino males.
All San Diego County residents are invited to take part in the forum, called "Community Conversations." The discussion takes place on Sunday beginning at 10 a.m.