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...]

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

All children are a gift from God, and some children require an extra amount of special attention in their educational journey. Children with disabilities are often given specially designed educational programs that accommodate for their unique challenges while at the same time stimulate social, physical, and mental growth. In this interview, Rigo Mendez shares the insights he has gained throughout his years working closely with students with developmental delays.[Girien Salazar, Deputy … [Read more...]

There is nothing “soft” about soft power

By Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, President, NHCLC As a Christian who supports the use of foreign assistance, I am often accused of making a heart, not a head decision. Scripture tells me that we need to care for the poor, the orphan and the widow. But the Bible does not give us much guidance regarding how a nation, through its government, should specifically care for those outside its borders.How then, do I come to my position? Are there Biblical reasons as to why we should encourage … [Read more...]

While Most States Raise Classroom Expectations, Texas Remains Stuck in the Past

By Jesse RinconesOver the past several years most states have begun the difficult work of raising academic expectations for students by implementing rigorous education standards and high-quality assessments. Sadly, Texas officials continue to set the bar low and, worse, are effectively masking the problem with tests that fail to reflect the skills and knowledge that students need to become college- and career-ready.Last month, Achieve and the Collaborative for Student Success released a … [Read more...]

Conservative Conference Misses Hispanics … Again

The nation’s biggest political parties are fully aware of the fast growing Latino population and are seeking ways to more successfully target the Latino vote… or are they? While the topics of religious liberty, immigration, and healthcare are important to Latino voters, political parties fail to discuss the most important issue for Latinos: education. Read here as Rev. Samuel Rodriguez shares his thoughts following the 2016 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at National Harbor, Mar … [Read more...]

We Must All Be Responsible for Educating African-American Students

Dr. Dee Stokes is a founding member of the Faith and Education Coalition of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference. The Faith and Education Coalition was founded as a group of pastors, evangelical leaders, and parents that care about every child having access to quality education regardless of zip code, income, or race. As we see in both Old and New Testaments, we are called out to love the Lord with all of our heart, soul, strength, and mind. At times as the Body of Christ, we … [Read more...]

3 Reasons Christians Can Celebrate the ‘Every Student Succeeds Act’

In December of 2015, the U.S. Senate overwhelmingly approved the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) in order to correct past attempts to fix our educational system. Dr. Andrea Ramirez, Executive Director of the Faith and Education Coalition-NHCLC, understands its practical implications and offers 3 big takeaways for Christian faith leaders working in Latino communities. Find out how to partner with Dr. Ramirez at [Girien Salazar, Deputy Director of the Faith and Ed … [Read more...]