Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce hosting forum today

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The Latino education gap in Tucson and Arizona and its impact on the area's economy will be discussed today at a forum hosted by the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

There is new data and projections that some believe will lead to an economic crisis in Arizona if the Latino education gap is not closed.

This and the state of Hispanic education will be discussed at the DoubleTree Hotel at 445 S. Alvernon Way at 11:30 a.m.

They will be discussing a report by the Morrison Institute for Public Policy called "Dropped Latino education and Arizona's economic future."

Some key findings in the report include the growing Latino population in Arizona and the fact that is has nearly doubled since 1980.

Currently about 30 percent of the population in Arizona is Latino.

There will be panel discussion at today's forum including education leaders from the University of Arizona, Pima Community College and other local school districts.

Tucson News Now's Barbara Grijalva will be at the meeting. She can be followed on Twitter at @BGrijalvaKOLD.

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