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NEA honors Arizona public interest lawyer Tim Hogan for advancing quality public education

WASHINGTON - June 23, 2011 -

Timothy Hogan, executive director of the Arizona Center for Law in the Public Interest in Phoenix, Ariz., will be honored by the National Education Association (NEA) during its annual Human and Civil Rights Awards dinner in Chicago on Friday, July 1, 2011. NEA’s George I. Sánchez Award recognizes Hogan’s work toward the achievement of equal opportunity for Hispanics.

“Every successful advocate for social justice must be able to inspire and educate others,” said Dennis Van Roekel, NEA president. “Tim Hogan has shown that he has the patience, persistence, knowledge, and courage necessary to protect and defend the rights of under-represented people.”

Hogan became director of the Arizona Center for Law in the Public Interest (ACLPI) in 1991. ACLPI is a non-profit public interest law firm that is engaged in defending the rights of under-represented people. Hogan’s work has focused on increasing financial support for public schools to ensure quality education for all of Arizona’s students. He has been especially focused on the rights of Hispanic students.

In 2009, Hogan successfully persuaded the Arizona Supreme Court that voucher programs violated the state’s constitutional prohibition against appropriation of public money to aid private and sectarian schools.

George I. Sánchez (1906-1972) was an educator, historian, and author in the United States, Mexico, Peru, and Venezuela. Sánchez devoted 50 years of his life to the education of Mexican, Navajo, and Black children and is known as the “father of the movement for quality education for Mexican Americans.”

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