Arne Duncan Makes Case for More Latino Teachers
From left, teacher David Arias, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Secretary Arne Duncan, teacher David Amena, journalist Vicky Vargas, musician John Legend, teacher Natalie Pizarro, former boxing champion Oscar De La Hoya and teacher Rodrigo García.
(Feb. 18, 2011) - U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan encouraged Latino students to become teachers during a Town Hall meeting held at the Roybal Learning Center in Los Angeles to promote the teaching profession.
"Our country's classrooms have too few Hispanic teachers," he said.
According to Duncan, only 7 percent of United States teachers are Latino while the Latino student population is approximately 20 percent.
Duncan was joined by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, celebrities John Legend and Oscar De La Hoya, and LAUSD teachers Rodrigo Garcia, Natalie Pizarro, David Amena and David Arias.
Boxing great Oscar De La Hoya credited his Garfield High School teacher, Mr. Benson for becoming the person he is now.
"It was difficult to persevere and be motivated," he said. "My teacher, Mr. Benson, taught me to never give up. He helped me graduate and believe in myself. He was like a second parent to me."
De La Hoya has a charter school serving families in the Boyle Heights/East L.A. area.
Encouraging students to continue their education, Grammy winner John Legend said that it is hard to escape poverty and to fully participate in society without education.
The event was organized by L.A. Best, an after school program serving 180 elementary school sites in the City of Los Angeles.
Several CSU students, officials, deans of education departments, and presidents Al Karnig and Millie Garcia attended the event.
The CSU educates 53 percent of the teachers in California. Each year 13,000 CSU students graduate with the intention of becoming teachers. Read more about teacher education at the CSU here.
Other Highlights of Duncan's Visit to the Roybal Center
Roybal Learning Center students during Town Hall meeting
LAUSD Board Member Mónica García greets CSU Director of
External Relations Jorge Haynes (left) and CSU San Bernardino
President Al Karnig.
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan (left) poses with
CSU Dominguez Hills President Millie García.
Roybal Learning Center students greet boxing superstar and
charter school leader Oscar De La Hoya.