Media Advisory

UnidosUS Press Call: Dire Consequences for Minority Students as Florida Education Officials Try to Skirt ESSA

Advocacy groups weigh in on the consequences of noncompliance to state ESSA plan

November 7, 2017

WASHINGTON, DC—UnidosUS (formerly NCLR) will host a telephonic press briefing tomorrow, Wednesday, November 8, to discuss the current state of ESSA implementation in Florida and the implications for historically underserved groups. Education advocates and experts will weigh in on recent attempts from Florida education officials to skirt compliance with critical requirements of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), most notably, efforts to weaken or altogether opt out of enforcing strong accountability systems for English learners and students of colors. Speakers will address how the state’s education plan in its current form stands to jeopardize the academic progress of the more than 200,000 English learners in Florida’s public schools.

Interested media should RSVP to Gabriela Gomez at or (202) 776-1732.


WHAT:UnidosUS Telephonic Press Briefing on Florida’s ESSA Plan and Noncompliance
WHEN:Wednesday, November 8
11–11:45 a.m. ET
WHERE:Call-In Information
Participants Dial-in: (866) 342-8591
Conference ID: ESSA
WHO:Moderator: Callie Kozlak, Field Campaign Manager, UnidosUS
Jared Nordlund, Senior Strategist, Civic Engagement, UnidosUS
Mari Corugedo, State Director, League of United Latin American Citizens 
Arlene Costello, Second Vice President, Sunshine State TESOL
Josie Bacallao, President and CEO, Hispanic Unity

UnidosUS, previously known as NCLR (National Council of La Raza), is the nation’s largest Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization. Through its unique combination of expert research, advocacy, programs, and an Affiliate Network of nearly 300 community-based organizations across the United States and Puerto Rico, UnidosUS simultaneously challenges the social, economic, and political barriers that affect Latinos at the national and local levels. For almost 50 years, UnidosUS has united communities and different groups seeking common ground through collaboration, and that share a desire to make our country stronger. For more information on UnidosUS, visit or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.