The first annual Ohio Hispanic Education Summit will be co-chaired by Senator Peggy Lehner of Kettering – Chair of the Ohio Senate Education Committee - and Senator Charleta B. Tavares – Commissioner on the board of the Ohio Commission on Hispanic/Latino Affairs. We are inviting an administrator, a student, a teacher and a school board member from each of the Ohio school districts with the highest enrollment of Hispanic students. We are also inviting key agencies and organizations like yours that have an important role to play in improving the delivery of service to Ohio’s Hispanic students. We will be asking participants to share best practices and identify which of those best serve Hispanic students and which can be duplicated to improve service around the State.Hispanics are the fastest-growing demographic group in the state of Ohio. Ohio’s Hispanic population jumped more than 63% from 2000-2012. Ohio Hispanics are also a relatively young group, which means the enrollment of Hispanics at Ohio schools has increased dramatically. Still, there are problems. Despite increased presence in Ohio schools, Hispanics students struggle at greater rates than do their demographic peers. Scholastic achievement and college attendance rates are lower among Hispanic students than among their peers and in some districts as many as 70% of Hispanic students drop out of school before finishing their diplomas. By bringing Ohio public school administrators, teachers, students and key agencies together we hope to foster dialogue on the reasons for these educational disparities and practical solutions to them. We look forward to seeing you there!