Latino voting power can create better education reform

Finally, Republicans and Democrats know that they need more than mariachis playing behind them to win the Latino vote.  By now, almost everyone heard about the Latino influence this presidential election.

The signs were everywhere.  Maybe this is the 2012 cosmic event predicted by the Mayan calendar.  Now, President Obama must recognize Latino views as he moves forward with economic recovery and immigration policy and farther with education reform.

None of the parties should have been surprised by the Latino vote.  On October 7, CNN’s “Latino in America: Courting the Latino Vote” reported that more than 60,000 Latinos turn 18 each month across the country, and we care about more than immigration.

To read the full commentary, go to CNN's Schools of Thought Blog.

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