12/09/2013 11:14 am ET

Boosting Latino Representation Where It Counts


At a time when policymakers are increasingly focused on better educating Nevada’s growing Hispanic population, several state and local education boards are virtually without representation from the Hispanic community.

Hispanics students represent nearly half of all Clark County public schoolchildren and nearly a quarter of all students in Southern Nevada colleges and universities. Yet, Hispanic membership on Nevada’s K-12 and higher education boards historically has been lacking.

“As a board we do not reflect the diversity of our district,” School Board President Carolyn Edwards said last week. “Improving that ratio on this board is important.”

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