The reception is for legislators, educators, and members of the Latino community to come together to work on issues impacting the Latino community in Idaho.

BOISE, Idaho — With high school graduation and go-on rates for Hispanic students lagging behind state averages, education was a top priority for lawmakers and educators who gathered Thursday for the Idaho Commission on Hispanic Affairs Legislative Reception.

“Too many Hispanic children in Idaho are falling behind,” said Juan Alvarez, board chairman for ICHA.

“The high school graduation rate for Hispanics is 75%, the graduation rate for all high school students is 80% and the state average is 85%,” he said. “The go-on rate for Hispanics in Idaho is below 10%, the statewide average is

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