Dr. Victoria M. DeFrancesco Soto

Dr. Victoria M. DeFrancesco Soto

About

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→

Research

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.

Dr. Victoria M. DeFrancesco Soto
Dr. Victoria M. DeFrancesco Soto

Recent Media

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…)