The National Council of La Raza will team up with Padres Unidos, a parent advocacy group, to put pressure on Denver Public Schools to better educate Hispanic and bilingual students. ”There is a national crisis of Latino students being abandoned by our public school systems across the country and we need to reverse that,” said La Rasa spokeswoman Lisa Navarrete.

Padres Unidos hopes the partnership with La Rasa will lend them credibility. ”Because they are a national policy think tank, they will draw attention to what’s happening here in Denver,” said spokesman Pierre Jimenez. The U.S. Department of Education has accused DPS of violating civil rights of bilingual students with inadequate education.

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