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Hochberg: Legislative action can really impact Valley schools

Susan Notes:

It is indeed good news to catch a politico doing something right. Kudos to
Scott Hochberg. I grew up hearing the tale of my dad taking seven years to complete high school, because he had to keep dropping out to help support the family. But whenever he showed up, the school (in Phoenix, AZ) took him back.

Rep. Scott Hochberg has a master's degree in electrical engineering and a deep concern for children's issues. In 2007, Mr. Hochberg was again recognized as one of the Texas' "Ten Best Legislators" by Texas Monthly magazine. He was named 2007 Legislative Hero by the Texas Freedom Network, and honored by Children at Risk for his work on children's issues.


by Joey Gomez

PHARR - It's a powerful thing when positive actions taken in the state Legislature manifest themselves in the community, said Rep. Scott Hochberg, D-Houston, at PSJA's College, Career & Technology Academy graduation ceremony at PSJA High School on Thursday.

Hochberg was keynote speaker at an Academy geared to students lacking up to three high school credits or one or more TAKS tests.
The Academy was formed partly as a result of HB 1137, authored by Hochberg, which amends the Education Code to allow a person who is between 21 and 26 years of age to be admitted to a public school to complete the requirements for a high school diploma.

The bill allows a district to receive state funding for a student's attendance by making that student eligible for benefits under the Foundation School Program and the available school fund.

The Academy graduated more than 60 students, more than the initial class in December which had 49 graduates.

"It was my opportunity to actually see how this legislation was affecting people directly," Hochberg told the Guardian following commencement. "You do a lot of things in the Legislature, but when you see something that actually changes families lives, that's so powerful."

Eight graduates were students between the ages of 21-25, and received their diploma as a direct result of HB 1137.

"This is exciting, and it's also groundbreaking nationally to bring young adults back to finish their degree after the age of 21. That's new, and it's a model for schools all over the country and we need a lot more like this," Hochberg said.

— Joey Gomez
Rio Grande Guardian

http://www.riograndeguardian.com/rggnews_story.asp?story_no=18#


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