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LAUSD Board President Monica Garcia, Retired Congressman Esteban Torres, Other Officials to Highlight Crisis in Eastside Schools

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Latino students hardest hit by State Budget Cuts

LOS ANGELES, May 11, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is being released today by Stand Up for California:

What: Latino elected officials will lead a "kitchen table conversation" with parents to address the state of emergency in East Los Angeles-area schools, what the education crisis means for Latino students in the Los Angeles Unified School District, and how parental participation, including civic participation, is key to students' success.

When: Thursday, May 12, 20116:00 - 8:00 pm

Where: East Los Angeles Community Service Center133 N. Sunol DriveLos Angeles, CA 90063

Why: Public education has absorbed $18 billion in cuts in the last three years and more cuts are proposed for the coming school year. If the State Budget does not balance drastic cuts with some revenues, the Los Angeles Unified School District, the second largest district in the country, is looking at cuts totaling $408 million. With a student body that is 74% Latino (92% in Eastside schools), this shortfall will hit Latino students the hardest. Latino dropout rates at LAUSD are already 70% higher than White dropout rates.

Who: Monica Garcia, LAUSD School Board President Esteban Torres, Retired U.S. Congressman Miguel Santiago, First Vice President Los Angeles Community College District BoardDavid Vela, Office of Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria MolinaParents and other community members

Visuals: "Kitchen tables" with colorful oilcloth tablecloths, vases with flowers Dinner

Stand Up for California

Source: PR Newswire

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