Victoria is Assistant Dean at the LBJ School of Public Affairs and a contributor to MSNBC and Telemundo. Her areas of expertise in the domestic policy landscape include immigration, Latinos, women and childcare, and economic equity. more→
Victoria brings an interdisciplinary lens to understanding policy development and its intersection with institutional and political contexts. Underlying her academic work is the applicability of rigorous research to on-the-ground policy realities.
Everything in life is relative. Within the Republican presidential field Governor Rick Perry has come to be the Latino friendly candidate. Specifically, he has been cast as a Latino education advocate for signing into law an in-state college tuition bill for undocumented persons. While the Texas governor may be the Latino education guy vis-à-vis his fellow GOP candidates he is seen as anything but that in Texas and within the national Latino context. The governor’s now retracted support of in-state tuition for undocumented students is an isolated incident. The governor has never had an explicit education agenda – neither for Latinos nor non-Latinos. But today his benign neglect is yearned for in the midst of his recent assault on the state’s education budget.
In Texas close to 40% of the population is Latino and of that population 35% is underage. In the state, educational issues are by default Latino issues. In the 2008-2009 school year incoming Latino first graders made up over 60% in the three largest public school districts—Houston, Dallas, and San Antonio. In San Antonio 9 out of every 10 incoming public school first graders were Latino. With these statistics it is natural to assume that Latino education would have be a top concern for Texas Governor Rick Perry. It has not. (more…)