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White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics

On Oct. 19, 2010, President Obama signed Executive Order 13555, renewing the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans, which demonstrates the president’s strong support for the critical role Hispanics play in the overall prosperity of the nation and highlights the administration’s commitment to expanding education opportunities and improving education outcomes for all students. The White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans was established in September 1990 by President George H.W. Bush to provide advice and guidance to the secretary of education on education issues related to Hispanics and to address academic excellence and opportunities to the Hispanic community. While this initiative is not focused exclusively on males, it is a great example of how a policy initiative can be used to galvanize the nation toward a goal.

Through this initiative, the White House will work directly with communities nationwide in public–private partnerships, linking key individuals and organizations from within and outside the education system to increase capacity and announce community-wide education initiatives. President Obama also formed a Presidential Advisory Commission and a national network of community leaders that will provide real-time input and advice on the development, implementation and coordination of education policy and programs that impact the Hispanic community. In addition, a federal interagency working group has been formed to exchange resources and address issues that impact the lives of Hispanics nationwide, including housing, health, finance, employment and education, among others.

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