Commits itself to enhancing the academic achievement of Hispanic children and youth;
Communicates with members through a newsletter, a website linkage, and an annual critical issues paper; and
Participates in activities which include professional conferences, seminars, and other collaborative functions.

What is the Hispanic/Latino-American Critical Issues Network?

It is a forum that provides the opportunity for members to collaborate about contemporary issues relevant to the education of Hispanic/Latino-American youth.

Critical Issues...

Hispanic students have the highest dropout rate of any other group in the countryŚmore than 27 percent.


Stakeholders need a sound grasp of the full range of cultural, linguistic, and social knowledge Hispanic/Latino-American families must have in order to survive.


Formal assessments and questionnaires pertaining to the basic reading, writing, oral comprehension, and speaking skills should not be used as the sole information to evaluate Hispanic/Latino-American performance.


Poor knowledge of English was recognized by family members as a significant impediment to obtaining employment.


Although Hispanic/Latino-American students constitute the majority of students at a certain school, parent meetings are conducted in English resulting in limited input and reaction from parents who are dominant in Spanish.




Contact Information

Arizona Department of Education

Office of English Language Acquisition Services

1535 West Jefferson Street

Phoenix, AZ 85007

Office: (602) 542-1574

Fax: (602) 542-3050