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Congressman Grijalva Visits Somerton To Discuss Legislation To Help Middle School Students

U.S. Representative Raul Grijalva met with teachers Wednesday at Somerton Middle School to discuss a bill he has introduced in Congress called the Success in the Middle Act that would help students in middle schools.

Grijalva said the legislation aims to improve the education of middle grade students in low-performing schools, to make them better prepared for high school and beyond.

“When we talk about education, we usually talk about the little ones and high school," Grijalva told KAWC. "Then that whole group in the middle, junior high, middle school, kind of gets left out of the conversation.”

The bill would provide grants to states and districts to create comprehensive school-wide action plans and develop a stronger curriculum.

Somerton Middle School Principal Jose Moreno said he supports the bill because he says middle school students are wired differently and are more emotional than other grade levels.

“With a bill like this, I think that gives us the opportunity to start focusing our attention, our energy and efforts to not just educate the kids but understand the children holistically and better support their needs," Moreno said.

Victor is originally from West Sacramento, California and has lived in Arizona for more than five years. He began his print journalism career in 2004 following his graduation from Georgetown University in Washington D.C. Victor has been a reporter for the following daily newspapers: The Monterey County Herald, The Salinas Californian and the Reno Gazette-Journal, where he covered stories including agriculture, education and Latino community news. Victor has also served as a local editor for Patch, a national news organization with hyperlocal websites, in Carmichael, California in the Sacramento area. He also served as the editor for The New Vision, the newspaper for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson, which includes Yuma and La Paz counties. Victor lives in Somerton. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends and following most sports.
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