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P o r t r a i t o f L a t i n o U . S . A .
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are: lack of access to preschool education and dual language immersion
programs, overall lower parental education, and the need for stronger
support systems for Latino students while they are in school.
The Pew Hispanic Center identified some other external issues that
also negatively affect Latino educational achievement. According to
them, nearly three-quarters (74 percent) of Hispanics between the ages
of sixteen and twenty-five in a 2009 study said they had to cut short
their education in order to help support their family, and 49 percent
said their English skills were too limited to pursue a college education.
Some of the other reasons why Latinos do not continue their schooling
are listed in Figure 3.23.
I know from my colleague Mariela Dabbah, founder of Latinos in
College, a not-for-profit organization whose goal is to help students and
families find every resource available to succeed in higher education,
that lack of knowledge of how to apply for college and pay for it is a huge
obstacle for Latino families. This is why she conducts parent workshops
in schools across the country to empower thousands of Latino families
to support their children through college. So it’s interesting to see the
results of this Pew survey when Hispanics were asked why they thought
Figure 3.23
Reasons Why Latinos Don’t go to College