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Antonio Flores, president and CEO of the Hispanic Association of College and Universities, such numbers reflect a "pernicious trend among Hispanics," one of "sliding representation from one level to another in the educational continuum, from K-12 to graduate education, both in enrollments and graduation rates."
"It's an emerging and pernicious trend," said Paul Bland, a staff attorney with Trial Lawyers for Public Justice (TLPJ) in Washington, D.C.