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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

Jun 15, 2018 Press Release
Washington, D.C. - The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) Chair Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01) joined House Democratic Leadership; members of the Congressional Black Caucus and Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus; and Dreamers for a press conference this morning to commemorate the sixth anniversary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Below are the Chair’s remarks and here is a link to video of the press conference: 
 
Jun 7, 2018 Press Release
Washington, DC – Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), led by Representatives José Serrano (NY-15), CHC Education and Labor Chair Raul M. Grijalva (AZ-03), CHC Chair Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01) and CHC leadership sent a letter to U.S. Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos extending an invitation to meet with CHC members before Congress departs for the August District Work Period.
Jun 4, 2018 Press Release
Washington, DC – 12 Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), led by Representatives Nydia M. Velázquez (NY-07), Tony Cárdenas (CA-29) and Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) sent a letter to U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson to highlight concerns with the department’s plan to significantly increase rent and work requirements for millions of low income families who rely on federal housing assistance. Nearly 20 percent of all households living in public housing or receiving Housing Choice Vouchers identify as Latino.
May 30, 2018 Press Release
Washington, DC – Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) Chair Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01) issued this statement on findings from a new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine by researchers from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and other institutions that estimated 4,645 excess deaths as a result of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico:
 
May 26, 2018 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) Chair Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01) released the following statement in recognition of Memorial Day, which is this Monday, May 28:
 
May 23, 2018 Press Release
Washington, DC – 21 Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), led by Representative Lou Correa (CA-46) and CHC Civil Rights Task Force Chair Representative Darren Soto (FL-09), sent a letter to Secretary Wilbur Ross outlining their concerns with proposed changes to the 2020 census. The inclusion of a citizenship question, as well as, unresolved issues from the 2010 Census jeopardizing the accuracy of the 2020 Census, potentially taking billions of dollars in federal funds and accurate congressional representation from communities across the country. 

May 4, 2018 Press Release
Washington D.C. — Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) Chairwoman Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01) released the following statement on Cinco de Mayo:
 
“This American holiday represents more than just a single victory in battle. Today we honor the rich contributions made by Mexican-Americans to our nation’s culture, society, and history and we recommit to the forward progress of the Hispanic community, whose culture, arts, heritage and history we celebrate.”
 
Feb 9, 2018 Press Release
Washington, D.C. - The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) Chair Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01) issued the following statement after voting against the budget agreement:
 
“It is unacceptable for Republicans to control every branch of government, yet continue to govern so recklessly.
 
Feb 8, 2018 Press Release
Washington, D.C. - The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) urges the House to oppose a budget caps bill that does not protect Dreamers:
 
CHC cannot support this budget caps bill that leaves Dreamers behind. We stand with nearly 90% of Americans that agree Dreamers should be protected.
 
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Feb 6, 2018 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chair (CHC) Michelle Lujan Grisham released the following statement after Republicans voted for the fifth time to pass a short-term spending bill: