The U.S. Department of Education has
announced a second Race to the Top - District grant competition. The final
application and other materials for the 2013 Race to the Top-District
competition can be found here.
Webinars will be offered over the coming weeks to provide
technical assistance (schedule) and interested districts are requested to submit their intent to apply by
August 23. Applications are due October 3. Awards will be announced
no later than December 31, 2013.
- According to a National Assessment of
Education Progress 2011 study, more than four of every five Hispanic children (81%) were not reading
proficiently by fourth grade.*
- Over one-third of young Latino
children have parents who have not graduated from high school*
- Today, nearly one in four K-12
students enrolled in America’s public schools is Latino.*
- Only 7% of all public school teachers
*Read more in the President's Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics 2012 Report on Activities.
Texas Back-to-School Tour
September 4-6, 2013
The White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics will visit South and West Texas - a region with a high Hispanic population, to engage key stakeholders on the current state and future of education. Through the tour, the Initiative will:
information about federal resources, initiatives, and policies,
successful models and discuss what works,
input and feedback from community leaders and stakeholders about issues of
public/private partnerships to increase opportunities and improve outcomes in
education for Hispanics.
The tour will make
about seven stops in a region that includes a combined population of nearly 3
million people, of which 2.3 million
are Hispanic. The tour will seek to bring significant attention to communities in
this area, highlighting both pressing issues in the Hispanic community and effective
efforts to resolve them.
More information will be sent out in a special edition of Nuestra Iniciativa!
Researchers have discovered that early exposure to two languages does not cause confusion in children and that it, in fact, promotes their ability to think flexibly.
A total of 27 organizations and nationally recognized researchers from across the state, including Early Edge California and National Council of La Raza submitted a letter to Congress sharing this new research. Read their letter here.
The Department has announced that Dr. Libby Doggett will be named Deputy Assistant Secretary, leading the Office of Early Learning within the agency’s Office of Elementary and Secondary Education. Dr. Doggett recently directed the Pew Home Visiting Campaign, partnering with state legislators and other leaders to promote effective state policies and investments in high-quality, home-based programs for vulnerable new and expectant families. Previously, she led Pre-K Now, Pew’s 10-year campaign that advanced high-quality, voluntary preschool nationally.
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Let’s face it. College tuition can be expensive. If you think about it in
real terms, the annual cost of attending some colleges can equate to purchasing
a new car each year. It seems absurd, right? Like many others, you might be
wondering “How am I ever going to pay for college” and “Is there anything that I
can do to lower my costs?” Read 5 Tips on Saving for College.
This week, Congress approved a bipartisan compromise to keep student loan interest rates low this year. This compromise -- similar to a plan proposed by the President in the spring -- cuts rates on all new loans this year and saves a typical undergraduate student $1,500 over the life of the loan. The plan allows borrowers to benefit from the low interest rates currently available in the marketplace and guarantees that borrowers are able to lock-in these rates over the life of their loans. Read Secretary Duncan’s statement.
federal bank regulatory agencies issued a joint
statement encouraging financial institutions “to work constructively with
private student loan borrowers experiencing financial difficulties.”
¿Estás embarazada o cuidando tu
bebé? El Título IX te protege contra la discriminación en la
escuela. Las Enmiendas de Educación del Título IX de 1972 es una ley federal de derechos civiles que prohíbe la
discriminación por motivos de sexo, incluido el embarazo y el ser padre, en los
programas y actividades de educación. Aprende más.
Estudiantes con discapacidades en las
actividades deportivas extracurriculares. La Oficina para Derechos Civiles publicó su Carta a los Estimados Colegas donde se
aclaran las obligaciones que tienen los distritos escolares de proporcionar a
los estudiantes con discapacidades las mismas oportunidades para participar en
actividades deportivas extracurriculares. Aprende más.
The Common Core State Standards Initiative is an education initiative sponsored by the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers that seeks to bring together diverse state curricula into alignment with each other. Learn More.
Myth: Teachers were not involved in
writing the Common Core State Standards.
Fact: The common core state standards
drafting process relied on teachers and standards experts from across the
country. In addition, there were many state experts that came together to
create the most thoughtful and transparent process of standard setting. This
was only made possible by many states working together.
Myth: The federal government will take
over ownership of the Common Core State Standards Initiative.
Fact: The federal government will not
govern the Common Core State Standards Initiative. The Initiative was and will
remain a state-led effort. The National Governors Association and Council of Chief State School Officers are committed to developing a
long-term governance structure with leadership from governors, chief state
school officers, and other state policymakers.