From the office of: State Senator José Rodríguez, District 29

January 18, 2013
Contact: Sito Negron
(512) 463-0129

Social Justice in Public Education
"Every child must receive an equal opportunity to learn"

Senator José Rodríguez will participate in a panel discussion on education issues at the symposium "Social Justice in Public Education," which is scheduled for Friday and Saturday (Jan. 18-19) at the Bowie High School Auditorium, 801 S. San Marcial. The panel discussion is to take place at around 7 p.m. Friday (Jan. 18) following the keynote speech from Lily Eskelsen, Vice President of the National Education Association.

"Every child must receive an equal opportunity to learn," Senator Rodríguez said. "The state must fund education fully and fairly. We ought to provide sufficient instructional materials, and we should not replace teaching with testing. Texas also would benefit from investment in programs focused on early childhood education and from making college more affordable and accessible."

Senator Rodríguez has introduced proposals in the 83rd Legislature in response to the cheating scandal at the El Paso Independent School District. Those include a bill that requires the EPISD to offer remedial classes and having alternative graduation options for students who were cheated of their education.

The Senator and other symposium participants will be available to the press prior to the event at 4:30 p.m. (MST) in the Bowie High School Cafeteria.

Panelists for the discussion following Lily Eskelsen's speech are Senator Rodríguez, state Rep. Marisa Marquez, El Paso Teachers Association President Norma de la Rosa, and UT El Paso political science professor Kathy Staudt.