“I wanted to take a moment to send a message on behalf of the State Board to our students in Washington. The Board takes seriously our mission to provide a high-quality education that prepares each and every one of our students for college, career, and life. We believe it is important to share with you and your families that the State Board of Education believes that one of our greatest treasures as a state is found in our diverse student population.
“As a daughter of Spanish-speaking parents who is now serving as the chair of the Washington State Board of Education, I want to personally reach out to our students of color, our young girls and women, and those who speak languages other than English. I have walked in your shoes and I know how hard the journey can be. Just know that I believe in your potential to do great things for our state and this country. Also know that there are those in your school buildings, in your community and in your state government that will continue to work hard to support you along the way. So keep your eyes on your goals, your feet moving forward, and know we got your back.”
— State Board of Education Chair Isabel Muñoz-Colón