“As a son of a tenant farmer, I know that education is the only valid passport from poverty.
As a former teacher–and, I hope, a future one–I have great expectations of what this law will mean for all of our young people.
As President of the United States, I believe deeply no law I have signed or will ever sign means more to the future of America.”
Before Lyndon B. Johnson went into politics, he spent a year as a teacher at Welhausen School in Cotulla, Texas, a small town on the border of Mexico. Johnson’s classes were made up of the children of Mexican-American farmers–they spoke little English and Johnson spoke almost no Spanish. This year would influence him for the rest of his life.
Learn more at our next National Conversation on Educational Access and Equity on March 7. RSVP to watch the livestream.