Barriers to Latino Parental Involvement in Schools
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People of Hispanic origin have, according to the 2000 United States Census Bureau, have surpassed African-Americans to become the largest minority group in the United States. With such a large increase of Spanish speaking people, there is also a large increase in the number of Spanish speaking students. Spanish speaking students have a much higher dropout rate and rate of failure in their classes. It has been shown that students with parents who are actively involved in their children's education have a higher rate of success and graduation. Unfortunately, there is a trend of lack of active parental involvement among Latino families. The reasons for this lack of involvement fall into three categories: linguistic, cultural, and socio-economic. Direct action needs to be taken by teachers, administrators and parents to combat this problem and promote student success.