Advocate of Immigrants Tapped for White House

By Mary Ann Zehr — December 02, 2008 1 min read

Cecilia Munoz has been selected to be the director of intergovernmental affairs for Barack Obama’s administration, according to the Washington Post. She’s now the senior vice president at the National Council of La Raza and was a 2000 MacArthur Foundation “genius grant” winner. In her new job, she will be in charge of the White House office responsible for relations between the Obama administration and state and local governments. A 2005 piece on National Public Radio provides insight into her motivation to stand up for the rights of immigrants.

Education Week has quoted Ms. Munoz over the years on issues concerning immigrants and education. Back in 1988, for example, she spoke in the pages of Education Week about the need for additional adult education and English-as-a-second-language classes to accommodate the large numbers of immigrants who sought amnesty under the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act.

More recently, I’ve heard her argue for passage of the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act, or DREAM Act, while speaking on a panel about Latinos and education. That act would have provided a path to legalization for undocumented graduates of U.S. high schools who went on to college or joined the military. In October 2007, the act stalled in the U.S. Congress.

Mr. Obama has spoken publicly in support of the DREAM Act, so it will be interesting to see if the U.S. Congress revives it after he becomes president.

A version of this news article first appeared in the Learning the Language blog.

Let us know what you think!

We’re looking for feedback on our new site to make sure we continue to provide you the best experience.


This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Future of Work Webinar
Digital Literacy Strategies to Promote Equity
Our new world has only increased our students’ dependence on technology. This makes digital literacy no longer a “nice to have” but a “need to have.” How do we ensure that every student can navigate
Content provided by
Mathematics Online Summit Teaching Math in a Pandemic
Attend this online summit to ask questions about how COVID-19 has affected achievement, instruction, assessment, and engagement in math.
School & District Management Webinar Examining the Evidence: Catching Kids Up at a Distance
As districts, schools, and families navigate a new normal following the abrupt end of in-person schooling this spring, students’ learning opportunities vary enormously across the nation. Access to devices and broadband internet and a secure

EdWeek Top School Jobs

Speech Therapists
Lancaster, PA, US
Lancaster Lebanon IU 13
Elementary Teacher
Madison, Wisconsin
One City Schools
Elementary Teacher - Scholars Academy
Madison, Wisconsin
One City Schools

Read Next

Education Obituary In Memory of Michele Molnar, EdWeek Market Brief Writer and Editor
EdWeek Market Brief Associate Editor Michele Molnar, who was instrumental in launching the publication, succumbed to cancer.
5 min read
Education Briefly Stated Briefly Stated: December 9, 2020
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
8 min read
Education Briefly Stated Briefly Stated: Stories You May Have Missed
A collection of articles from the previous week that you may have missed.
8 min read
Education Briefly Stated Briefly Stated: Stories You May Have Missed
A collection of stories from the previous week that you may have missed.
8 min read