The president just expanded the U. S. Department of Education by executive order.
The executive order released by the Obama Administration yesterday establishes “the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics (Initiative), to be housed in the Department of Education (Department)” and an “executive director” “to be appointed by the Secretary of Education (Secretary)” as well as a “Federal Interagency Working Group on Educational Excellence for Hispanics.”
“The new Executive Order is based on feedback gathered by the Initiative in more than 100 community conversations across the country with experts in education, community leaders from more than 30 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, and from comments from more than 10,000 Americans on how to develop real solutions to the challenges confronting the Hispanic community in education,” according to the White House. “As the nation’s largest minority group, Latinos number more than 11 million students in America’s public elementary and secondary schools and constitute more than 22 percent of all pre-K–12 students.”
“More than one in five students enrolled in America’s schools is Latino.”
Malcolm A. Kline is the Executive Director of Accuracy in Academia .
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