For Immediate Release
August 21, 2017
Nashville, Tennessee – Latinos for Tennessee, a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to promoting faith, family, freedom and fiscal responsibility to the Latino community in Tennessee, is proud to announce its collaboration with American Federation for Children (AFC), a grassroots advocacy organization working to improve our nation’s K-12 education by advancing systemic and sustainable public policy that empowers parents, particularly those in low-income families, to choose the education they determine is best for their children.

“We are grateful for the work AFC is doing here in Tennessee, and across the country, to promote policies which will allow parents to take their rightful and appropriate place in their children’s education,” said Latinos for Tennessee Executive Director Raul Lopez.

The partnership will enable AFC’s Director of Latino Grassroots Mobilization and Advocacy, Hergit “Coco” Llenas, to work more closely with Latinos for Tennessee in encouraging parents to become more involved with their children’s education, including learning how to take advantage of available educational opportunities. Latinos for Tennessee has members in Nashville, Memphis and Chattanooga.

Lopez went on to add: “Latinos have waited too long for their local school to improve, while the government throws money at the problem. But every child in our state should have access to a safe, quality education that meets his or her particular learning needs.”

The urgency for this partnership can be seen in reports that half of Tennessee’s current Latino students did not meet the low benchmark of proficiency in reading or math according to the Tennessee Department of Education’s Report Card in 2015. This year, 100,000 Latino students are expected to enter Tennessee schools.

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