Latina High School Dropout Rate Rises

Many Latinas have high aspirations, but a new study suggests that the majority of them are unable to reach these dreams because of educational barriers. Forty-one percent of Hispanic female students do not complete high school with a standard diploma, part of which is attributed to the Latinas having the highest teen pregnancy rates of "of any racial or ethnic group."

The findings are the result of a joint study by the National Women's Law Center and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF). Veronica Rivera, of MALDEF, is joined by NPR Education Reporter Claudio Sanchez and Linda Chavez, of the Center for Equal Opportunity, to discuss the hurdles and how they are being addressed.

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