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School To Be Named After Hilda Solis, Former Congresswoman

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LOS ANGELES- June 22 -- The Los Angeles Board of Education on Tuesday voted to name East Los Angeles Star Academy in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) in honor of Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis who previously represented the West San Gabriel Valley in Congress.

A school district announcment said she was selected for the honor because of her contributions to public education, environmental conservation and protection, and humanitarian and civil rights efforts.  The high school, currently under construction, will be called the Hilda L. Solis Learning Academy.

“Secretary Solis has a powerful personal story of hard work.  Her achievements in public service make her an excellent role model for our students.  She is certainly deserving of this recognition,” said Board Member Yolie Flores, who represents the District where the school is located.

Solis was nominated to serve as Secretary of Labor by President Barack Obama on January 20, 2009.  She was confirmed on February 24, 2009.

Prior to her confirmation as Secretary of Labor, Solis represented the 31st and 32nd Congressional Districts in California, including East Los Angeles and the San Gabriel Valley.  It was a position she held from 2001-2009.

While in Congress, Solis’ priorities included expanding access to affordable health care, protecting the environment, and improving the lives of working families.

She was first elected to public officer as a member of the Rio Hondo Community College Board of Trustees in 1985.  She served in the California State Assembly from 1992 to 1994, and in 1994 made history by becoming the first Latina elected to the California State Senate.

As chairwoman of the California Senate Industrial Relations Committee, she fought hard and won the battle in 1996 to increase the state’s minimum wage from $4.25 to $5.75 an hour.

As a nationally recognized leader on the environment, Solis became the first woman to receive the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award in 2000 for her pioneering work on environmental justice issues.

Her California environmental justice legislation, enacted in 1999, was the first of its kind in the nation to become law.

The Hilda L. Solis Learning Academy is scheduled to open in fall 2012.

SOURCE: LAUSD press release.

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