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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.

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


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  


More on Education and Veterans

Jul 23, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Yesterday, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus met virtually with U.S. Department of Education Secretary Miguel Cardona to advocate for Hispanic students. Following the meeting, CHC Chair Dr. Raul Ruiz released the following statement:

Mar 1, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, the U.S. Senate confirmed Miguel Cardona as Secretary of Education. Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) Chairman Raul Ruiz, M.D. (CA-36) issued the following statement celebrating the confirmation:

Dec 11, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON—Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), Chairman-Elect of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), Rep. Adriano Espaillat (NY-13), and 25 CHC members submitted a comment opposing the proposed rulemaking changes to the “public charge” rule. In a letter to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Office of Policy and Strategy Chief Samantha Deshommes, the Members highlighted that redefining public charge would harm immigrant families, pit survival of families against the hope for American citizenship, and endanger the ability of legal residents to continue on a path to citizenship if they seek any food or healthcare assistance for their children.
Nov 12, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), the First Vice-Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), issued the following statement celebrating Veterans Day and recognizing the contributions of Latino Veterans:

“On Veterans Day and every day, we must recognize the men and women in uniform who served our nation, including the Hispanic veterans who served with distinction since the first days of the American Revolution. They helped protect our democracy and guarantee freedom and security for all Americans.

Jul 4, 2018 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) Chair Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01) released the following statement in reaction to the Trump administration’s decision to rescind Obama-era guidance allowing for the use of race in admissions decisions by colleges and universities in order to promote diversity:

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: