DEMOCRATS' EDUCATION AGENDA -- (House of Representatives - June 15, 2005)
(Ms. SOLIS asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute.)
Ms. SOLIS. Mr. Speaker, today I rise in support of the House Democrats' positive education agenda, which includes specific steps to promote opportunity by strengthening our schools.
In my home State of California, nearly half of Latino and African American high school students failed to graduate in the year 2002. In Los Angeles, California, the situation is even worse. Just 39 percent of Latinos and 47 percent of African American students graduated from high school.
It is frustrating to see these staggering statistics, while Republicans insist on giving tax cuts to the very wealthy while shortchanging vital education programs. Republicans have failed American students.
The Democratic plan calls for boosting college opportunity, affordability, improving teacher quality, fully funding No Child Left Behind, and expanding pre-school opportunities for our children.
For these reasons, I support the Democratic agenda for a strong and equitable education system for all Americans. I urge my colleagues to do the same.