Department of Education Cuts Millions to Centers Benefiting Hispanic
Organization vows to take message to Congress and the White
House to Save LNESC
Washington, DC — LULAC National President Rosa Rosales and LNESC National Chair
Roman Palomares are appalled today at having received official notification from
the Department of Education that the LULAC National Education Service Centers (LNESC)
would not be funded after 33 years of operation.
“If these centers are forced to close their doors over 12,000 students will be
left behind. We are shocked with the announcement and we are moving quickly to
challenge the process, which was clearly unfair to our centers,” said LULAC
National President Rosales.
“LNESC has a tremendous track record of serving nearly a half a million
students,” said LNESC Board Chair Roman Palomares. “This is shocking news to
everyone given our great track record over the last 3 decades. We must meet with
the Secretary of Education on this important matter and find a positive
resolution as soon as possible.”
LULAC is asking the community to call their U.S. Representatives and Senators
and let them know that these important services for Latino youth are about to
dry up. Without these centers, well over 12,000 disadvantaged Latino students
will be left without the assistance and the counseling they need to effectively
navigate the road from high school to college. “Our community is outraged and we
must work with the Secretary and Congress to find a solution to this situation,”
President Rosales stated, making the organization’s position quite clear. Saving
these centers by any means necessary is the top priority.
The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) is the oldest and largest
Latino civil rights organization in the United States. LULAC advances the
economic condition, educational attainment, political influence, health, and
civil rights of Hispanic Americans through community-based programs operating at
more than 700 LULAC councils nationwide.
Founded in 1973 LNESC has served more than half a million Latino students, many
of whom have gone on to university and become leaders in their communities. We
have recently been informed that the LNESC Talent Search funding had been cut
after demonstrating success since they were first funded in 1979.
Please visit our web site at
www.lulac.org and click on the
Save LNESC link for more
information on how you can get involved in our campaign to save the centers.
LNESC is facing a serious challenge right now. The
Dept. of Education has left LNESC off the list of programs to be refunded. We
are trying to save our program. The STAR Program is okay right now. STAR does
not receive these funds but needs LNESC to operate at full capacity.
We are working on a plan to save LNESC's TRIO Program.
Would you please visit our website. There are some
instructions on how to email various decision makers. The email letter only
takes a few minutes to complete and forward. Let me know if you have any
P.S. Use the
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