Education is the top issue for Hispanic voters, according to a Zogby poll conducted for National Council of La Raza.
Education Trust has launched a web site in English and Spanish aimed at Latino parents. Among the depressing statistics in the report: Only 11 percent of Latino children will go on to earn bachelor’s degrees if current trends continue.
John Kerry is stressing college in speeches to minority groups. He’s set to speak in Phoenix to La Raza. In Chicago, he promised a mostly black audience a million more college graduates in his first five years in office. “In the tradition of the famously long-winded Clinton, he spoke for nearly an hour” to Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow/PUSH Coalition, reports Fox. Black voters liked Clinton — but surely not for his tendency to go on forever.
The cost of college isn’t the real barrier. The problem is that many students — especially low-income blacks and Hispanics — don’t have the reading and math skills needed to pass college classes. If Kerry weakens the accountability provisions of No Child Left Behind, he’ll lower the number of college graduates, no matter how much he boosts scholarships or tutoring at the college level.