Rev. Rodriguez: Education in the United States is still not equitable for minority students

Dear Editor:I was heartened to see Juan Williams’ column “The Scandal of K-12 Education” bring prominence to what we on the ground know about education: it is not equitable across our nation if you are a minority student. It saddens me to read that Hispanic fourth graders in Alabama are reading two grade levels below their Hispanic peers in Florida. We know that a fourth grader’s reading level is a key indicator of whether a student will graduate from high school. The National Assessment of E … [Read more...]

Rev. Rodriguez Responds to GOP Platform

The Honorable Paul D. Ryan Speaker U.S. House of Representatives Washington, D.C. 20515Dear Chairman Ryan: On the eve of the 2016 Republican National Committee convention, as the eyes of the nation turn to Cleveland, I want to formally offer you a small but very important piece of unsolicited counsel on behalf of the 40,000-church network that comprises the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Council (NHCLC), the nation’s largest Hispanic evangelical organization. Tens of thousands o … [Read more...]

Trump’s meeting with CA Latino evangelicals – the aftermath

The Rev. Samuel Rodriguez of the National Hispanic Leadership Conference takes 'On the Record' inside his organization's meeting with the 2016 presumptive GOP nominee: … [Read more...]

One In Four 2016 High School Graduates May Be Latino – And Ready To Vote

By Rev. Samuel RodriguezWe need more salsa in our school cafeterias.In less than six weeks, millions of American youth will graduate high school with high hopes for a bright future, and one out of four may be Hispanic. Many of these graduates will also be of voting age, joining millions of Americans casting ballots for president this November. In just seven years, the Hispanic percentage of public school students will soar to one in three.The Latino tide is rising. Like us or not, … [Read more...]

Florida’s Hispanics Plea for Equity in Education

Guest Post by Joel Ceballo Florida’s Hispanic population has surged over the last 30 years, becoming an integral part of the state’s economy and political arena. Now we need to turn our focus to education to ensure Latino children are held to rigorous academic expectations that put them on an early path towards success. As a board member of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference and member of the Leadership Advisory Council for the Faith and Education Coalition (NHCLC), I fre … [Read more...]

Supporting Education for All God’s Children/Apoyando la Educación Para Todos los Hijos de Dios

Dr. Andrea Ramirez recently invited Rev. Rigo Mendez to discuss educational opportunities for children with disabilities or developmental delays. Rigo Mendez’s life was forever changed when he embarked upon the life as an educator. Today as founder of USpeak International, Rigo is a speaker, teacher, and coach who strives to empower people to maximize their potential. Rigo graduated with honors from Ashford University with a degree in Psychology and was later named Teacher of the Year for his c … [Read more...]


Post by Leticia ReyesMy daughter says I’m a poster child for lifelong learning. She may be right! Not only did I homeschool most of our children (they later attended a Christian and public school) but these days, as a grandmother, I’m working on an EdD in Educational Leadership. There is still much to learn, so as 2016 begins, I am still committed to loving the Lord with all my mind. Education is important in our family (a value passed on by my mother), but that doesn’t mean it’s been easy. … [Read more...]

Opinion: Don’t give up on seed of change in our classrooms

In states across the country a dramatic transformation is happening in our classrooms. After years of setting expectations low for students, schools have begun to implement rigorous, consistent learning goals through the implementation of high and equal academic standards comparable across states. For the first time in decades, all students – regardless of race, gender or religion – are being held to levels that fully prepare them with the skills they need to achieve their full potential in lif … [Read more...]