Partner Description

The National Council of La Raza’s education component is dedicated to increasing educational opportunities, improving achievement, and promoting equity in outcomes for Latinos. In keeping with this mission, education component efforts build the capacity and strengthen the quality of the community-based education sector and inform the broader public education system.

Organizational Efforts

Charter School Development Initiative (CSDI)
In 2001, as a direct response to the increasingly alarming educational outcomes of Latino students and to the growing involvement of NCLR Affiliates in offering educational services and programs to students in their communities, NCLR launched an initiative to support the development of 50 charter schools throughout the country. As a means to significantly increase educational opportunities and high school graduation rates for Latinos, the NCLR Charter School Development Initiative advocates for the academic success of Latino students.

Early College Project (ECP)
As a means to significantly increase educational opportunities and to increase high school and college graduation rates for Latinos, the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) is implementing the Early College Project, which was created to increase the number of Latinos with a postsecondary education by developing 12 Early College High Schools across the country. An Early College High School is a school in which students will not only graduate with a high school diploma, but will also earn a two-year undergraduate associate degree, or complete two full academic years of credit toward a bachelor of arts or bachelor of science degree. The cohort of schools is a mix of start-up and conversion or expansion high schools. They include charter schools as well as traditional public schools or university-sponsored schools which meet the participation criteria. All schools serve low-income students; seven serve adjudicated/overage students; and seven serve over 25% English-language-learner (ELL) students and over 10% special education students.