The initiative was designed by the Notre Dame Task Force on the Participation of Latino Children and Families in Catholic Schools. The report "To Nurture the Soul of a Nation: Latino Families, Catholic Schools, and Educational Opportunity" ("Para alentar el espiritu de una nación: familias latinas, escuelas catolicas y oportunidades educativas") was made public December 12.
"The study highlights two items in particular: Hispanic students who attend Catholic schools do better than their counterparts who do not; and Catholic schools are not attracting enough Hispanic students,” said Bishop Curry. “The study is a challenge to the Church to get the word out and spread the good news in the Hispanic community.”
Latino students in the U.S. suffer from an educational achievement gap:
- Only 53 percent of Latinos graduate from high school in four years.
- Only 16 percent of Latino 18-year-olds are considered “college-ready.”
- 42 percent more likely to graduate HS and
- two-and-a-half times more likely to graduate college