The White House Champions Education Excellence for African Americans

Aug 03, 2012

By Kisha Bird and Rhonda Tsoi-A-Fatt Bryant

Last week, the President issued an Executive Order to establish the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans, consisting of a Presidential Advisory Commission and Federal Interagency Working Group to Enhance Educational Outcomes for African American Students.   Housed within the U.S. Department of Education, the Initiative is charged with working across federal agencies to identify best practices that will improve educational outcomes for African Americans at all age levels, from early care and education to the successful completion of post-secondary credentials.  To support this effort, the Department of Education will develop a national network of partners -- business and philanthropic leaders, practitioners and educators, and non-profits -- to share and implement best practices as well as to support the overall objective outlined in the order.  This objective is to ensure African American students "receive an education that fully prepares them for high school graduation, college completion, and productive careers."

CLASP applauds the Administration for its continued commitment to strengthening education for all Americans and for its much-needed investments in a range of polices and strategies that prepare students for school, provide academic and social supports to keep students connected to school, and promote lifelong learning.  In particular, CLASP is supportive of the Administration's recognition that many of the nation's children and youth, specifically African Americans, do not begin at the same starting point.  

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