This month's 8th grade Monthly Constitutional presenter was TPS parent Liza Rodriguez, who grew up in Puerto Rico. Her appearance was timely for two reasons. First (and most obvious), the 8th graders are now counting the days until their departure to Puerto Rico on March 20. Second, with our nation in the midst of presidential primaries, the issue of voting rights of American citizens who live in Puerto Rico is a particularly compelling at this time.
Liza spoke with the students about the political and economic history of Puerto Rico, about the island's major political parties, and about issues relating to efforts toward statehood or independence.