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Recognizing the Contributions of Countless Hispanic Americans with National Hispanic Heritage Month
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State of Alabama
Department of Education
Ed Richardson
Interim State Superintendent
of Education

State Board
of Education
Kay Ivey
Jackie Zeigler
District I
Betty Peters
District II
Stephanie Bell
District III
Vice President
Yvette M. Richardson, Ed.D.
District IV
Ella B. Bell
District V
Cynthia McCarty, Ph.D.
District VI
President Pro Tem
Jeff Newman
District VII
Mary Scott Hunter, J.D.
District VIII
Ed Richardson
Secretary and
Executive Officer


News Release:

Contact: Erica Pippins Franklin





Montgomery, Ala.– The Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE) joins schools across the state in recognizing the contributions of countless Hispanic Americans whose deeds and accomplishments have positively enriched our nation and society.

Each year, Americans observeNational Hispanic Heritage MonthfromSeptember 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures, and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending onOctober 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988.

Almost a fifth of the total U.S. population – nearly 58 million people – is Hispanic, according to the most recent data fromthe Pew Research Center. Alabama’sdiverse K-12 public school student populationincluded 55,043 students of Hispanic origin in the 2016-2017 academic year.

The ALSDE is encouraging schools to participate in commemorating National Hispanic Heritage Month by highlighting the many significant contributions Hispanics have made to our country.

TheNational Hispanic Heritage MonthandNational Education Association(NEA) websites have a collection of resources to help teachers observe the month with their students. Additional classroom materials can be found on theLibrary of Congress’ Hispanic Americans web pageand thePew Research Center.





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