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Educators Come Together to Improve Schooling for Latino Students

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More than 130 educators, legislators, and students come together in Yakima to discuss new policies for teaching Latino children. More than 130 educators, legislators, and students come together in Yakima to discuss new policies for teaching Latino children.

YAKIMA, WA -- More than 130 educators, legislators, and students come together in Yakima to discuss new policies for teaching Latino children.

This is the second time the Latino Educational Achievement Project" met to discuss new help Hispanic kids do better in the classroom.

LEAP organizers said the language barrier is keeping many students in the region from performing as well as they should.

"Many of the kids are recent immigrant children whose primary language is Spanish and so there needs to be a better infrastructure frankly to help them and give them the additional time that they nee," said LEAP Supervisor Ricardo Sanchez

Sanchez also said financial aid is a big issue because a lot of students in the region don't qualify for financial assistance even though they come from low-income families.

Quality preschool education is another issue they are focusing on improving.

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