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Education and Veterans

The Education and Veterans Task Force focuses on ensuring all Latinos have access to a quality education - from early childhood to adult education.  Additionally, it works to promote the issues and concerns of Latino military personnel and veterans.

Members:
Rep. Raúl Grijalva, Co-Chair
Rep. Rubén Hinojosa, Co-Chair
Rep. Grace Napolitano

CHC EDUCATION PRIORITIES IN THE 114TH CONGRESS

The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) is committed to ensuring that every child in our country has access to a quality education.  Since its founding in 1976, the CHC has advocated for the Latino community and America’s middle class families in Congress.  With the upcoming ESEA reauthorization in the 114th Congress, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus has adopted the following P-12 education principles which the Caucus believes are critical to ensuring the advancement of all Latino students.

I. Early Childhood Education

Reauthorize the Head Start Program to expand and improve access to high quality preschool for Latino families, including:

• Maintaining Head Start as a national program

• Reducing disparities in funding and put Head Start on a path to full funding

• Strengthening the educational component of Head Start, particularly with respect to limited English proficient (LEP) children

• Increasing access to Head Start for children of migrant and seasonal farmworkers

• Expanding access to dual language programs in Pre-K programs

• Increasing the number of highly qualified bilingual Head Start and Pre-K teachers

• Expanding access to high quality, full-day pre-kindergarten to Latino four-year olds

II. Elementary and Secondary Education

Reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and strengthen the following areas:

• Full participation of English Language learners and Latino students in the entire curriculum 

• Progress on school accountability for Latino students, with emphasis on high school completion

• Increase funding for LEA (Title III), Migrant Education (Title 5, Part C), and Low-income students (Title 5, Part A)

• Expand access to Dual Language Programs

• Expand Early College High Schools for Latino students 

• Prepare Latinos and ELs to be college and career ready

• Expand access to AP, IB, STEM and other rigorous curricula

• Address resource equity at the state and local level for Latino students and English Learners

• Dedicate targeted resources to dropout factories in the Latino community

• Establish equity indicators for Latino students and English Language Learners

• Encourage young Latinos to pursue the STEM fields

• Promote healthy school climate for all protected groups:  Latinos, English Learners, LGBT students, girls, immigrants, migrant students, students with disabilities, and homeless children and youth

• Prepare and train greater numbers of high quality teachers and principals who serve large populations of Latino and English Learners 

• Increase access to more school counselors

• Support increased resources for parental involvement

Efforts to improve technology in the classroom are critical and must:

• Maintain a strong E-rate program, and support and develop efforts, including educator training, to improve the use of technological resources in schools with large low-income and Latino student populations

• Strengthen the education technology programs in the elementary and secondary education

• Expand the use of open educational resources for Latino students  

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More on Education and Veterans

Feb 7, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Chairs of the Congressional Tri-Caucus – composed of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, the Congressional Black Caucus, and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus – released the following joint statement in opposition to H.J. Res. 57, which would undermine the Department of Education’s authority to implement and enforce key provisions of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA):

Oct 17, 2016 Press Release

Washington, DC - Today, Congressional Tri-Caucus Chairs – composed of Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus Chair Congresswoman Judy Chu (D-CA), Congressional Black Caucus Chair Congressman G.K. Butterfield (D-NC), and Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chair Congresswoman Linda Sánchez (D-CA) – issued the following statement after the U.S. Department of Education announced the proposed rule for Title I spending under the Every Student Succeeds Act:

May 17, 2016 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) released the following statements denouncing Rep. Paul Gosar’s (R-AZ) amendment to the 2016 defense funding bill, which would prevent undocumented young people brought to the United States as children – known as DREAMers – from serving in the military. Currently, select individuals can serve under special circumstances.

Apr 29, 2016 In The News

The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) together with the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) and Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) are calling for $250 million in computer science funding. The funding is critical to ensuring that our nation's minority students have access to computer science courses and are competitive in today's workforce.

Jul 16, 2015 Press Release

Washington, D.C. - Today, the U.S. Senate passed the Every Child Achieves Act (S.1177) to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) by a 81-17 vote. Due to the lack of substantive improvements to the underlying bill, the Congressional Tri-Caucus—which is comprised of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC), the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC)—maintains opposition to S.1177 and calls upon House and Senate leaders to make improvements as the reauthorization process moves forward.

Jul 8, 2015 In The News

A team of Congressional Democrats on Wednesday introduced a bill that would make community college free for two years and help cover the costs of a four-year degree at minority-serving institutions, pushing forward the free-college proposal that President Obama unveiled in January.

Jul 8, 2015 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chairwoman Linda T. Sánchez and the CHC Education Task Force Co-Chairs, Congressman Rubén Hinojosa and Congressman Raúl M. Grijalva, released the following statements in opposition to today’s H.R. 5 vote.  The Elementary and Secondary Education Reauthorization Act guts education funding, weakens protections for disadvantaged students, does not provide a well-rounded education for all students, and does not support educators. 

Jun 10, 2015 Press Release

Washington, DC - Today, 84 Members of the Congressional Tri-Caucus – composed of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC), the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) – sent a letter to the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee regarding the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education (ESEA) Act.  

May 14, 2015 In The News

House Democratic leaders on Thursday ripped Republicans as "xenophobic" for the GOP's effort to prevent illegal immigrants from serving in the armed forces.

"I would hate to see the time and the talent and the desire of these young people to serve their country squashed by people who will attack them at every turn for no reason simply than they are 'other,' " Rep. Linda Sánchez (D-Calif.), head of the Congressional Hispanic Congress, said Thursday.

Feb 24, 2015 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) Education Task Force Co-Chairs Congressman Rubén Hinojosa and Congressman Raúl Grijalva released the following statements on the U.S. Department of Education’s data released today.  The data finds that under the House Republican Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) reauthorization, school districts with the highest concentration of Latino students could lose more than $1.9 billion in federal funding.  The Republican ESEA reauthorization bill is scheduled to be voted in the U.S.