College & Workforce Readiness

White House Hispanic Initiative To Host Ed. Summit Today

By Mary Ann Zehr — October 18, 2010 1 min read
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Three assistant secretaries for the U.S. Department of Education are lined up to speak today at an education summitabout how to boost college attainment among Hispanics. The summit is being hosted here in the nation’s capital by the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. The executive director for that initiative is Juan Sepulveda.

Under the initiative, Sepulveda and other White House officials visited more than 90 communities in 20 states over the past year to gather information and ideas on how to improve the lives of Latinos. Today’s education summit, held at the Organization of American States building, is meant to be a “next step” in connecting communities nationwide to improve the educational attainment and lives of Latinos, a press release for the event says.

Tomorrow at 1 p.m., President Obama is scheduled to sign an executive order to renew the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics.

Expected to speak at today’s summit are Thelma Melendez, the assistant secretary for elementary and secondary education; Carmel Martin, the assistant secretary for planning, evaluation, and policy deveopment; and Gabriella Gomez, the assistant secretary for legislation and congressional affairs.

UPDATE (3:30 p.m.): Read more about the summit and tomorrow’s announcement in my new post.

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A version of this news article first appeared in the Learning the Language blog.