Jacinto Ramos Jr., New CUBE Chair, to Deliver Opening Keynote at Annual Conference
Jacinto Ramos Jr., Fort Worth ISD Board of Education president, will give today’s opening keynote address at the State of Urban Education Luncheon in Miami, Florida. The luncheon is among several events being hosted over the next three days at the National School Boards Association’s Council of Urban Boards of Education (CUBE) Annual Conference.
This speech marks Mr. Ramos first official NSBA conference since being named the CUBE chair in April. Superintendent Kent Scribner will introduce him via a special video message.
The Council of Urban Boards of Education (CUBE) supports urban school boards, fosters effective school district leadership, and addresses the educational challenges that exist in our nation’s urban centers.
“I am honored that my colleagues would entrust me to serve in this position and help advocate for the needs of urban students, parents, teachers, and our schools.” Mr. Ramos said in a recent statement posted on the NSBA website. “As I approach this position, I am very aware of the daunting task that lies before urban school board members across our nation. Our diverse students and their families are searching for educational opportunities that will provide a secure future and a path to the American Dream. Our students, parents, teachers, administrators, and board members must work together as a team to address student equity, new curriculum standards, standardized testing, and cultural diversity.”
Mr. Ramos represents Fort Worth ISD’s District 1, and voters first elected him to the FWISD Board of Education in 2013. Two years later, he became the District’s youngest board president and the first Latino president from Fort Worth’s North Side. In June, his colleagues elected him to once again serve as Board president.
He led efforts establishing a FWISD student holiday honoring the lives and legacies of Dolores Huerta and César Chávez, who spent decades advocating for the civil rights of labor workers. The Board approved a resolution in April, 2018 establishing the annual observance honoring Mr. Chávez and Ms. Huerta the Monday before Chávez's birth date on March 31. FWISD hosted its inaugural Dolores Huerta and César Chávez Day of Service, March 25, 2019, becoming the first school district in Texas with a student holiday honoring Mr. Chávez and Ms. Huerta.
Mr. Ramos is a Tarrant County Juvenile Services community service restitution supervisor. He is dedicated to working with youth at tackling issues such as multiculturalism, community pride, and building a strong cultural identity.