President Creates Hispanic Education Initiative

He set up new panels by executive order.

Latinos make up around 27 percent of all public school students and about 20 percent of those in college. By mid-century, they are expected to be the majority of U.S. residents, but for now they lag behind in graduation rates and student achievement. 

To address that, President Biden issued executive orders Monday that establishes two panels to be housed in the Department of Education. His White House initiative, Advancing Educational Equity, Excellence, and Economic Opportunity for Hispanics, will focus on breaking down barriers and systemic challenges facing Hispanic students from childhood through college. 

Leading the effort and collecting data on the state of Latino education as schools reopen from the pandemic will be journalist Melody Gonzales of San Diego, who also worked with the Obama administration.

A second panel, the Presidential Advisory Commission on Advancing Equity, Excellence, and Economic Opportunity for Hispanics, will be made up of business, education, and community leaders. It will be charged with making recommendations to the president and Education Secretary Miguel Cardona.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For President Biden’s initiative that focuses on the education of Latino youth.
  • For wisdom for the members of the panels that will collect data and advise the president and the Education Secretary.

Sources: The White House, Axios


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