In a speech made at the National Urban League’s annual conference last Wednesday, President Obama announced a new education initiative focused on improving the academic outcomes of African American students. The executive order was signed by the president on July 26th establishing the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans. The initiative aims to:
restore the country to its role as the global leader in education, to strengthen the Nation by improving educational outcomes for African Americans of all ages, and to help ensure that all African Americans receive an education that properly prepares them for college, productive careers, and satisfying lives.
Some of the plans specific goals include:
- Increasing access to, and participation in, early childhood programs that prepare African American children for success in school;
- Driving down the number of unnecessary referrals of black children to special education programs;
- Addressing disproportionate use of suspension and expulsion in schools; and
- Providing African American students with access to rigorous courses and effective teachers that are essential to preparing them for college and careers.
The initiative will be housed in the U.S. Department of Education along with similar educational efforts to support Latino, American Indian, Asian American, and Pacific Islanders.
We are encouraged by this initiative and will be keeping up with news of its further development!
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