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Trump’s Ignoring Us, Say White House Advisory Groups for Students of Color

By Andrew Ujifusa — September 29, 2017 1 min read
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Three White House commissions that address education issues for black, Hispanic, and Asian American and Pacific Islander students say they haven’t met since President Donald Trump took office. And although the Trump administration announced Friday that he was extending the life of the commissions for another two years, they also said that his administration has ignored their attempts to reach out. Trump’s extension of two of the education commissions came just hours before they were set to expire.

In Corey Mitchell’s story this week on three presidential advisory commissions on educational excellence, he notes that they were founded in 1990 under President George H.W. Bush:

Appointees to the African-American and Hispanic commissions, many of whom are educators, helped launch President Barack Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative, which sought to improve education and expand opportunities for black, Latino and Native American boys. The program lives on as a nonprofit and recently merged with the Obama Foundation.

“The commissions were important places for us to reach out to these communities and engage people around issues that were important to them,” said Roberto Rodríguez, who worked in the White House as one of Obama’s top education advisers.

In addition, Corey reported that Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has not met with the commissions’ leadership since she took office in February. The members of the African-American and Hispanic commissions under President Barack Obama’s administration helped launch Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative.

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Photo: President Donald Trump looks toward Education Secretary Betsy DeVos during a workforce/apprenticeship discussion at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J. --Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP

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