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Men Making a Difference: David Rodriguez

Men Making a Difference: David Rodriguez

The appeal of Howard County's vaunted public school system, according to David Rodriguez, can be explained by borrowing the famous line from "A Field of Dreams," the 1989 film about an Iowa farmer who erects a baseball diamond in his cornfield.

Expanding on "if you build it, they will come," Rodriguez says the county has built a safe environment that attracts families with high academic goals for their children, and it has sustained this highly regarded reputation over the years.

But as a first-generation American born to Puerto Rican immigrants, Rodriguez is also well-equipped to see another side of the county's educational profile: Hispanic students...