MALDEF

Securing Equal Opportunity for Academic Achievement

No Child Left Behind

MALDEF’s work at the state and federal level helps ensure a quality, affordable education for Latino students across the nation.  Through outreach and advocacy, MALDEF empowers students and their parents to fully access the benefits of their local schools and colleges.  MALDEF is fighting to end continued school segregation of Latinos in communities such as Dallas, Texas and Tucson, Arizona and works to protect the rights of school children and parents against unfair practices targeting English Language Learners in the Chicago public schools system.

Campaign for High School Equity (CHSE)

MALDEF is part of this diverse coalition of national organizations representing communities of color that believe high schools should have the capacity and motivation to prepare every student for graduation, college, work, and life.

Listening to Latinas: Barriers to High School Graduation

To help keep girls in school and on track for success, the National Women’s Law Center and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund went straight to the source: Latina students and the adults who work with them every day. Our new report, Listening to Latinas: Barriers to High School Graduation, explores the causes of the dropout crisis for Latinas and identifies the actions needed to improve their graduation rates and get them ready for college.

AB 540 – Access to College for ALL!

AB 540 allows qualified undocumented students to be exempt from paying significantly higher out-of-state tuition at public colleges and universities in California. By making college more affordable, AB 540 has had a significant impact on the lives of many undocumented students who have dreams of attending college.

Immigrant Integration

As immigrants continue to be a growing portion of our nation’s schools and workforce, it is critical that investments are made to train and educate English language learners (ELL) and assist them transition into their new communities.

Economic Recovery

As the nation passes through a difficult economic period, MALDEF has worked closely with our partners in the civil rights community to address many of the challenges facing Latino workers and families.

Language Access

MALDEF recognizes that learning English is critical to participating in, contributing to, and succeeding in American society. However, English-only and Official English laws do nothing constructive to advance the important goal of English proficiency. Laws that interfere with or undermine the government’s ability to communicate quickly and effectively are simply bad public policy.

No Child Left Behind

The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) is among our nation’s most critical federal civil rights measures. NCLB was signed into law on January 8, 2002 and reauthorized a number of federal programs aimed at improving the performance of U.S. primary and secondary schools.

National Hispanic Education Coalition

The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) is among our nation’s most critical federal civil rights measures. NCLB was signed into law on January 8, 2002 and reauthorized a number of federal programs aimed at improving the performance of U.S. primary and secondary schools.

Know Your Rights

In the United States, every child is entitled to a free K-12 public education regardless of race, nationality, native language, gender, or immigration status, and is free to enjoy an education without the fear of unlawful discrimination or fear of deportation.

Copyright 2009 MALDEF — Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund