We are a coalition of Latino teachers, families, school personnel and community leaders standing up for Florida's public school students, fighting to ensure that every student has access to a high-quality education.
We've successfully advocated, alongside the Florida Education Association (FEA), for increasing teachers' salaries for new teachers across the state. We continue fighting for a fairer compensation system for all teachers and school personnel, including bus drivers and school janitors.
In 2020, we also worked with our grassroots partners to successfully pressure the Orange County School Board to unanimously vote to rename Stonewall Jackson Middle School as Roberto Clemente Middle School. This school serves a student population that is over 80 percent Latino.
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we've educated Latino families on how to better understand the American education system in order to help their students reach academic success, holding virtual events in Spanish in collaboration with media partners such as Univision and Telemundo.
During the 2020 election cycle, we organized some of the first ever bilingual candidate forums for School Board candidates in predominantly Latino districts in Osceola County, which has recently received an influx of Puerto Rican and Venezuelan students and families.
OUR 2021 POLICY AGENDA
Native Language Assessment
Students should be able to take non-English-related standardized tests in their native language, especially ESL students.
Students should have access to healthy and nutritious food options, certified mental health professionals, and high-quality sports equipment and facilities in our schools.
More Support for Low-Income Students
Research has shown inequitable outcomes in our education as a result of COVID-19. Our schools must provide additional support systems to get struggling students back on track.