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A message from the Executive Director
With the shift in political power in the House comes the shake of committee leadership. Our sources indicate that Democrats are far more focused on the next Speaker than who chairs the, say, Education and Workforce Committee. The committee’s ranking member, Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA-3), is expected to take over the chairmanship from Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC-5), who had been hostile toward any additional funding for education initiatives, including our flagship bill, the World Language Advancement and Readiness Act.
Finally, nationwide, more than 180 teachers, including language teachers, ran for elected office, and at least 43 won. Some examples: Jahana Hayes, a history teacher from Waterbury, Connecticut, and the 2016 National Teacher of the Year, was elected to the Congress; Howie Morales, a dual language teacher and teacher educator from Albuquerque, was elected as the Lieutenant Governor of New Mexico, and our own Natalie Figueroa, ACTFL Board member and Spanish teacher from Albuquerque, was elected to the New Mexico House of Representatives. We celebrate their successes and look forwards to working with all of these educators in office.
With Best Wishes,