Cleveland to pitch high-tech studies to Latinos
CLEVELAND, Jan. 11, 2014 (AP): Cleveland schools have agreed to
promote high-tech math, science and engineering programs to
The push will resolve federal concerns about the small number of
Spanish-speaking students in STEM programs specializing
in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
The district has almost 1,700 Latino high school students, but
only 130 attend STEM schools, according to The (Cleveland) Plain
Cleveland schools have agreed to promote STEM programs to
Spanish-speaking students and others with limited English skills
as part of an agreement with the civil rights office of the U.S.
Department of Education.
In the agreement announced this past week, the federal agency
said it's important that the pipeline to STEM programs ``be open
to all students.''
One issue that the agency highlighted is the lower number of
STEM options in Cleveland neighborhoods where the Latino
population is concentrated.
Catherine E. Lhamon,
assistant secretary for the Office for Civil Rights, said her
office investigated the district because of concerns about
access to STEM programs.
``I'm really impressed with the district for what it has agreed
to do going forward,'' Lhamon said.
Latino community leaders said efforts to raise awareness of
educational opportunities for Latino students give those
students a better chance at graduating and succeeding.
chairman of the Hispanic Roundtable, said leaders have
been concerned that schools like the Cleveland School of Science
and Medicine have few Latino students.
But, he told the newspaper, ``I never had any sense that they
were keeping kids out. They just weren't doing affirmative
things to get kids in.''
executive director of the Esperanza community
organization, said he has been bothered by the lack of Latino
students in STEM programs. But Ruiz said that he believes the
district was already focused in recent years on improving
opportunities for Latino students.
Information from: The Plain Dealer,