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Montgomery legislator and Shakira to join Obama’s Hispanic education team

President Obama announced Wednesday that he will tap a Montgomery County legislator and pop star Shakira to join his Hispanic education team.

Council member Nancy Navarro (D-East County) — the only Hispanic member of the Montgomery County Council and a former Montgomery Board of Education president — will be appointed, along with the Latino diva and two others, to a commission that will advise Obama and Education Secretary Arne Duncan on improving education for Hispanic students.

“I hope to be able to bring some insight and also learn from the other folks,” said Navarro, who is Venezuelan. “I just feel really humble.”

Navarro’s first meeting is tomorrow, when the commission will discuss education strategies and she expects to be confirmed. She said she is excited to meet Shakira, describing herself as a “major fan.”

Shakira, who performed at Obama’s inauguration, has funded schools in Haiti and in Colombia, her native country. The other two members to be appointed to the advisory team are Adrian Pendoza, who leads a grass-roots immigration and education reform organization, and Kent Scribner, who serves as a school superintendent in Phoenix.


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