Education Policy

Texas Latino Education Coalition

tlec_logodraft_72The Texas Latino Education Coalition (TLEC) is a collaborative of organizations and individuals who advocate the rights of Latinos at the local, state and national levels. The coalition was organized to focus specifically on critical educational issues in Texas and improve the state of education for Latino students in public schools.

Its education agenda is framed around key target issues, each with an overarching vision for schools in Texas.

  • Promote high-quality neighborhood public schools,
  • Keep and improve equitable school funding, especially the funding weights for ELL and economically disadvantaged students,
  • Ensure access to meaningful, high-quality instruction for ELL students,
  • Eliminate high-stakes testing and advocate multiple-criteria assessment,
  • Support a high-quality K-12 curriculum that prepares students for college completion, including eliminating state policies promoting student tracking, and
  • Support expanded access to college, including preserving Top 10% Plan and increasing Texas Grant funding.

Recent TLEC Statements and Stories

Testimony on Changes to the Public School Finance System Under SB 2145 Before the Senate Education Committee, Dr. Jesse McNeil, McNeil Foundation and TLEC, April 18, 2017

TLEC Testimony on Testimony Opposing SB 2119, which Proposes Elimination of the Texas Top Ten Percent Plan, April 2017

Testimony Regarding the A-F Letter Grading System for Schools, Before the House Public Education Committee, March 21, 2017

Public Education Committee Hearing on ASATR, March 7, 2017

Testimony for the State Board of Education Hearing on the Proposed “Mexican American Heritage” Textbook, presented by Brianna Dimas, San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, before the Texas State Board of Education, September 13, 2016

Testimony Opposing Voucher Legislation, September 14, 2016

Testimony on State Interventions and Innovations Interim Charge, before the Texas Senate Education Committee, September 14, 2016

TLEC Urges Texas Senate to Continue to Measure Graduation Requirements in More Holistic Manner, Testimony on Alternative Assessment for High School Graduation before the Texas Senate Education Committee, September 13, 2016

TLEC Member Testimony on the Inadequacy of and Inequality of the Texas Public School Finance System, August 3, 2016

School Funding and Assessment and Their Impact on Efficiency and Productivity in Texas before the Texas Senate Education Committee, August 3, 2016.

TLEC Testimony on HB 5 Implementation, 60x30TX/Higher Education Alignment Joint Interim Charge, before the Texas Senate Education and Higher Education Committees, March 29, 2016

The Texas Latino Education Coalition’s Highlights [and Lowlights] of the 84th Legislature – June 10, 2015

Texas Equity Gaps Would Have Increased Under Aycock’s School Funding Plan
Legislature Now Has Opportunity to Positively Impact Equity and Adequacy  – May 18, 2015

March 26, 2015 Testimony of the Texas Latino Education Coalition for Hearing Before the Texas Senate Education Committee

 San Marcos Mercury: State board opts for compromise on Mexican-American studies – April 10, 2014

AP: Texas Drops Algebra II Mandate; Texas Latino Education Coalition Objects – January 31, 2014

AP: Education experts nervous over Texas dropping algebra II mandate – January 31, 2014

Statement: The Texas Latino Education Coalition Expresses Disappointment with the State Board of Education’s Vote to Exclude Algebra II in the Default Curriculum – November 26, 2013

Statement: Texas Latino Education Coalition Supports Inclusion of Algebra II in All Endorsement Tracks – November 12, 2013


At the Texas Capitol in 2001, the Intercultural Development Research Association convened a group of organizations and individuals for the founding event of the Texas Latino Education Coalition. Representing thousands of Texans, founding member organizations included: IDRA, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Mexican American School Board Members Association, League of United Latin American Citizens, among many others.

The core group framed the education agenda for the coalition based on trends and historical inequities in public education. Members recognized that while overall test scores for school districts were rising, growing numbers of schools, especially those serving poor and minority students: (1) did not have adequate financial resources and support to provide quality education; (2) were losing students to attrition; and (3) were set up to provide little or no information for accessing colleges and succeeding in higher education. Founding members agreed that it was a crucial time to unite efforts through a statewide coalition to take aggressive steps to ensure a brighter future for our children.

TLEC’s founding mission would be to improve public education for Latino children, which will impact the quality of education for all children, focusing specifically on fair funding, teaching quality, school holding power, and college access and success. And it would serve as a collaborative of organizations and individuals who advocate the rights of Latinos at the local, state and national levels.

Today, TLEC is moving its agenda forward by creating and executing strategies that educate the media, inform public policy at state and local levels, mobilize communities, and synthesize and disseminate information.

Members of TLEC


Cesar E. Chavez Legacy and Educational Foundation

Dr. Hector P. Garcia G.I. Forum

Intercultural Development Research Association

La Fe Policy Research and Education Center

Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF)

Mexican American School Board Members Association

National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies (NACCS) Tejas Foco

National Council of La Raza (NCLR)

San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Texas Association for Bilingual Education (TABE)

Texas Association for Chicanos in Higher Education (TACHE)

Texas Association of Mexican American Chambers of Commerce (TAMACC)

Texas Center for Education Policy, University of Texas – Austin

Texas Hispanics Organized for Political Education (HOPE)

Texas League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC)


The McNeil Foundation