The Virginian-Pilot | Tony Suarez: Virginia’s education plan needs improvements

I LOVE VIRGINIA. It’s my home, and has been for the last 13 years. But like any state, it’s not perfect. My three children all attend Virginia Beach City Public Schools. Through my involvement at their sporting events, PTA meetings and other school-sponsored activities, I’ve seen the challenges facing Virginia’s single-parent and lower-income students first … Continued

[Release] The Faith and Education Coalition of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference Announces New Interim Executive Director

SACRAMENTO, Calif. ​–– The Faith and Education Coalition  (FEC) of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC) – regarded as the representative voice for Hispanic Christians in the United States and throughout the Spanish-speaking diaspora –  congratulates former Executive Director Dr. Andrea Ramirez who transitioned January 2018 to the U.S. Department of Education (Washington, DC). … Continued

[Statement] The Faith and Education Coalition of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference Reacts to President Trump’s Listening Session at the White House with Victims of School Violence

HOUSTON – Rev. Girien Salazar, Deputy Director of The Faith and Education Coalition (FEC) of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC) – the largest Hispanic Christians Organization in the United States and throughout the Spanish-speaking diaspora –  issues the following statement in reaction to the listening session held at the White House with those … Continued

Photo | Girien Salazar

Biography | Girien Salazar

Girien Ricardo Salazar (pronounced “Gideon”) was born on January 31, 1985 in Houston, Texas to Ricardo and Yvonne Salazar where he lived until the age of 3. The youngest of 4 siblings, Girien grew up on the southeast side of San Antonio, TX where he graduated from East Central High School in 2003. Girien graduated … Continued

Columbus Dispatch | Letter: Proposal would politicize education

I recently became aware that the Ohio Legislature is attempting to insert itself into the state education plan review and approval process, which is part of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Legislative oversight and involvement is appropriate and welcome, but having direct authority to authorize a state’s educational plan — plans every state is … Continued

Univision | Tres herramientas para las conferencias de padres hispanos y maestros: una entrevista con la Dra. Andrea Ramírez

Para millones de padres a través del país, es otra vez la época del año para las conferencias de padres y maestros. Sin embargo, aunque gran parte del éxito educativo de nuestros hijos cuelga en la balanza, muchos de nosotros abordamos esta conversación sin plan alguno. En mi experiencia, casi todos los padres pueden usar … Continued

Univision | Tools for the Hispanic parent in teacher conferences: An Interview with Dr. Andrea Ramirez

In my experience, nearly every parent could use a few reminders when it comes to parent teacher conferences – but Spanish speaking and immigrant parents may have special challenges to consider. I wanted to get the perspective of Dr. Andrea Ramirez, who is not only an authority on education reform, but is also a mother … Continued

The 74 Million | This Week’s ESSA News: Equity, Social-Emotional Learning, and Angst Among the States

There’s angst in the air this week when it comes to the ESSA. As Education Week’s Daarel Burnette II reports, after “failing to convince their own education departments to amend” their state plans, “elected leaders in a handful of states have appealed directly to U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to reject those plans.” Apparently, not … Continued

The 74 Million | New ESSA Analysis Raises Concerns Over Educational Equity: Are States Not Doing Enough to Ensure Every Student Succeeds?

Alandmark peer review recently released by Bellwether Education Partners and the Collaborative for Student Success analyzed the quality of the 17 state education plans already submitted to the U.S. Department of Education under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Unfortunately, their findings revealed a major deficit in every one of them. The study enlisted more … Continued