Democrats for Education Reform, a nationally respected organization that encourages dialogue on education reform among members of the Democratic Party, has named Jose Peralta their “Education Reformer of the Month” for March:
José is a product of his parents’ sacrifice and has spent a lifetime working to ensure everyone in our community has the opportunity to succeed.
A proud graduate of Queens Public schools, including PS 14, IS 61 and Flushing High School, José was the first Latino Student Body President of Queens College.
After graduating, Peralta began a career giving back to the community he loves through public service. As a community liaison in the New York State Assembly, José worked to make government more accessible to the families of Queens, solving problems and helping people in need. He then served as the Director of the Commission on the Dignity for Immigrants at the New York City Central Labor Council, representing over 1.5 million union members. Under Peralta’s direction, the Commission championed the mission of empowering all immigrants in a variety of ways, including registering over 20,000 new citizens.
In 2002, at the age of 30, José Peralta was elected to the New York State Assembly. He supports efforts to lift the cap on the number of public charter schools, as well as efforts to make sure students in public schools have access to the best quality teachers. He would make an excellent addition to NY State Senate at a time when that body needs all the smart/committed folks it can get.
Click here for the full text. Peralta is running against Monserrate in this Tuesday’s special election for State Senate.