Latino Legislator of the Week – Arizona Congressman Raul Grijalva, pledging to improve our middle schools!

June 23rd, 2008 · 5 Comments

This week’s Latino legislator of the week is Congressman Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), who was honored a few days ago, along with Senator Barack Obama, by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform as “Legislator of the Year.” Representative Grijalva has introduced a bill, with Obama being the lead Senate Sponsor, that would give $1 billion to states for improving the lowest performing middle schools.

I think that Grijalva is smart in teaming up with Senator Obama. Obama is growing his political capital, and improving K-12 education, especially in the middle grades, should be a high priority. Opportunities for young Latinos often start to slip away in middle school, as algebra classes taken in these grades help predict student success in high school and beyond. Grijalva also has the backing of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus on this bill.

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Tags: Barack Obama · Congressional Hispanic Caucus · Education · Rep. Raul Grijalva

5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Michaelr // Jun 24, 2008 at 10:04 am

    Thank you for acknowledging the smart work ethic and continuous efforts of this U.S. Latino politician to change the status quo. Hilda Solis and Raul Grijalva are examples of what can be accomplished with the right people representing those who need a voice in Washington.

  • 2 DoctorH // Jun 25, 2008 at 10:57 am

    Isn’t it amazing how no one out in the blog sphere wants to commend Raul Grijalva for his accomplishments in Congress? Is this instead a cultural jealously thing to support self-serving, non-productive, sell my office to the highest bidder Latino politicians because they are women? Or are people out there unable to understand the government databases that measure Congressional performance? Whatever it may be, the superficial values of Latino culture truly blind us to so much political reality.

  • 3 Irma // Jun 25, 2008 at 2:02 pm

    Personally I am all for investing in our midde schools and elementary schools. Learning is something that should be fostered when you are young. High school is really too late for the Latino community as many of us drop out by the 10th grade.

  • 4 Daisy // Jun 26, 2008 at 1:14 pm

    Middle School is a critical time for self-image and planning for the future. Trust me — I taught 6th grade for nine years. The students can be delightful, excited and passionate about their beliefs, and it’s an important, no: crucial, time to align their beliefs with school success.

  • 5 DoctorH // Jun 26, 2008 at 11:11 pm

    I think you should mention what this Congressman just saved the Grand Canyon from numerous mining interests. And he did it without introducing an HR. Knowing the rules of Congress, certainly helps when an emergency such as this arises. He is one of the few shining stars on the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.

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