July 28, 2004
New Mexico Public Education Department
300 Don Gaspar
Santa Fe, NM 87501-2786

Charmaine Jackson-John
Public Information Officer
(505) 476-0393

N.M. Education Secretary Veronica C. García to Speak Tonight
at Democratic National Convention

García’s address can been seen at 5:25 pm (MDT) on C-SPAN

Santa Fe—Secretary of Education Dr. Veronica C. García today announced that she has been re-scheduled to speak today at the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston. She is scheduled to speak prime-time today, Wednesday, July 28 at 5:25 pm (MDT) on C-Span’s Gavel to Gavel. Dr. García made the following remarks about her speaking engagement.

“I consider it a great honor to speak tonight at the Democratic National Convention. It is a privilege to represent New Mexico and to share my views with the nation.

I have a passion for public education and believe that access to a quality education is the key to our future.

In my message to all New Mexicans and America, I want all children in America to have their academic hopes restored – so that they can dream their dreams, and achieve their dreams.”

New Mexico has gained new prominence, thanks to Governor Bill Richardson, who is chairman of the Democratic National Convention.”

In November 2003, Dr. García was appointed by Governor Bill Richardson as the state’s first education secretary.

She has served as superintendent of the Santa Fe Public Schools, as a regional superintendent for the Albuquerque Public Schools, as a classroom teacher, school psychologist, assistant director for special education, principal of an alternative high school and director of New Mexico Coalition of School Administrators.

In 2003, Secretary García was named Educator of the Year (Administrator) by the New Mexico Research and Study Council, 2002 Superintendent of the Year by the New Mexico School Superintendents Association and named a 2000 Top Ten Hispanic Woman by the New Mexico Legislature.

She is a native New Mexican and mother of two public school graduates.