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Long-time New Mexico Latina educator heading to Arlington

Monday - 7/9/2012, 6:59am  ET

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A long-time Albuquerque educator who worked to attack the state's high dropout rate among Latino students is headed to Virginia.

Karen Sanchez-Griego, currently the principal of Atrisco Heritage Academy in Albuquerque, has been named new assistant superintendent of instruction for Arlington Public Schools in Arlington, Va.

The University of New Mexico graduate served from 2001 to 2007 as executive director of ENLACE, a group that earn national praise for getting Hispanic families involved to convince Latino and black students to return to school.

Sanchez-Griego also was one of 15 Hispanic educators chosen to participate in a roundtable discussion with former U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings on the reauthorization of No Child Left Behind.

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