Congressman Veasy with Board President Jacinto Ramos Jr. and H.V. Helbing ES Principal Ana Morales at an On Track event.
Photo Credit: Michael Zukerman
32 percent of the nation’s African American males and some 39 percent of the nation’s Hispanic males attend school each day in urban school systems. In my role as an elected board member of an urban school system I have had the privilege to review student outcome data on a daily basis. This data tells a troubling story in regard to the academic achievement of Males of Color. Nationally our young men of color report college and career readiness that is well below what it could be. Additionally disproportionate numbers of Males of Color drop out of urban schools and often have lower attendance rates than their more privileged classmates. Finally students of color disproportionately attend under-resourced schools and are taught by teachers who are the least prepared and qualified for their jobs. As policy makers we have an obligation to teach all students under their aegis to the highest academic standards and prepare them for successful participation in our nation.
As a member of the Congressional Black Caucus and a diehard proponent for immigration and English Language Learners Congressman Marc Veasey has fought for the need to provide better opportunities for males of color, and understands that it is not just a social justice issue, but a smart economic development cause that will promote a better America.
These tenants are the basis for the formation of the president’s initiative to improve outcomes for the children that we serve in urban settings. Unfortunately urban education does not have many friends in the US House of Representatives. Marc Veasey has been a constant champion for the three urban school districts which lie within the boundaries of District 33. Congressman Veasey’s leadership on the Urban Caucus, Congressional Task Force on Poverty and Opportunity, and Congressional Career & Technical Education Caucus among others has allowed him to promote the needs of Urban Education.
In the 2015 legislative session urban education was able to claim many victories in the reauthorization of the Early and Secondary Education Act (ESSA) because of friends like Congressman Marc Veasey. As a member of the House Science, Space, and Technology committee Marc understands the demands that these industries have for their future workforce, and he believes that public education can deliver.
Marc Veasey has remained accessible to all of his constituents despite the fact that his district spreads from Fort Worth all the way to Dallas. He is regularly in our schools supporting initiatives such as Project Lead the Way and My Brother’s Keeper. In my three short years I have yet to meet any elected official as dedicated to absolutely meeting the needs of their constituents. This is why I support Congressman Marc Veasey for US House of Representatives District 33.
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Read The Star Telegram’s Endorsement of Congressman Veasey Here.