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March 13th, 2013

It’s time to empower our Hispanic youth

With the Hispanic population accounting for more than half of the nation’s growth over the past decade, the time is now to empower Hispanic youth. There are over 220,000 students learning English as a second language in New York State schools, the majority of which are Spanish speakers.

During this year’s Spring Somos El Futuro Conference, Assemblywoman Carmen Arroyo has assembled a workshop that will bring together policy makers, practitioners, union leaders, teachers and students to discuss current issues affecting the implementation of bilingual education in the state of New York. Panelists will address the Common Core Standards and assessments as they impact bilingual students.

"The fundamental goal of education is to create and expand the opportunities that our youth will have in the future. New York State must be a pioneer in the fight for our young immigrants whose contribution to our economy and growth is essential to our State," said Chairman Ortiz.

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