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2015 Secondary Education Briefing – Braulio Salas

March 16, 2015
1:00 – 2:15 pm
Cannon House Office Building – Room 121

"College Knowledge as Cultural Capital (ESEA and Parent Engagement)"

Moderated by CHCI Secondary Education Graduate Fellow Braulio Salas

2015 Secondary Education Graduate Briefing White Paper - Braulio Salas

In its current form, the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), fails to require State Educational Agencies (SEAs) or Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) to provide families with information regarding post-secondary attainment. The limited access to college knowledge is one of various factors that contribute to reduced post-secondary enrollment rates among Latinos. The reauthorization of ESEA provides an opportunity for Congress to improve Latino enrollment rates by strengthening the parental involvement provisions already present in the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act, the most recent reauthorization of ESEA. By amending the legislation to incorporate crucial language on parental engagement, Congress will provide states and local entities with important guidance regarding the type of engagement that should be taking place. This briefing will bring together experts to discuss the importance of developing the whole child and highlight the role that parent engagement plays in student college attainment.

Opening Remarks:


Chanelle Hardy, Senior Vice President for Policy and Executive Director of the National Urban League Washington Bureau 

Henriette Taylor, Community School Coordinator, Promise Heights 

Cheryl Holcomb-McCoy, Ph.D., Professor and Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, Johns Hopkins University

Raul Gonzalez, Senior Program Officer, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation 

The 2015 CHCI Capitol Hill Policy Briefing Series is the culmination of CHCI’s premier, nine-month Graduate Fellowship Program