On Tuesday, October 19, President Obama will sign the Obama Administration’s Executive Order on the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics in a ceremony in the East Room of the White House. The ceremony will follow a National Education Summit and Call to Action hosted by the U.S. Department of Education that will begin on Monday, which will bring Administration officials together with experts in education and Hispanic community leaders from around the country on issues ranging from early childhood learning to higher education.
The White House Initiative was established in September 1990 to provide advice and guidance to the Secretary of Education on education issues related to Hispanics and address academic excellence and opportunities for the Hispanic community. It was subsequently continued by President William J. Clinton and President George W. Bush. Under President Obama, the office is led by Juan Sepulveda who has taken aggressive steps to hear from communities across the country about what works and what doesn’t work and how the Initiative can better serve the Hispanic community.
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