25 Years of Fulfilling America's Future
This Fall marks an important milestone for the Initiative and its Present's Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics (Commission).
Established in 1990 to address the alarming dropout rate in the Hispanic community, the Initiative has helped ensure Hispanics reach their full potential the past quarter century. Hispanic students have shown tremendous progress over the past two decades and their success is inextricably linked to that of the nation's.
Learn more about Hispanic educational progress since 1990.
Commitments to Action
Deadline: June 30th
you looking to invest in education?
- Are you a business or
corporation seeking to diversify or further develop your workforce?
- Are you a
nonprofit seeking support to expand or replicate a program that improves educational outcomes for Latinos?
If you answered yes to any of these questions -- join us in answering the national call for Commitments to Action in support of the Hispanic community.
Commitments to Action will
be recognized during our 25th anniversary celebration this September.
PROTECTING COLLEGE STUDENTS
past six years,the U.S. Department of Education (ED) has taken unprecedented steps to hold career colleges
accountable for providing students what they deserve: a high-quality,
affordable education that prepares them for their careers. It has established tough regulations
targeting misleading claims by career colleges and incentives that drove
officials to enroll students through dubious promises. It has cracked down on bad actors through
investigations and enforcement actions.
who have been defrauded by their college or attended a school that has closed
down will receive every penny of the debt relief that they are entitled to, as
efficiently and easily as possible.
Please read our fact sheet for more information
regarding this announcement: Fact
Sheet: Protecting Students from Abusive Career Colleges
In addition, Under Secretary Ted Mitchell’s blog “Debt
Relief for Corinthian College Students,” has further details regarding how
debt relief for students will work.
Bright Spots in Hispanic Education
Know a program that invests in key education priorities for Hispanics? Nominate them as a Bright Spot!
This fall the Initiative will shine a national spotlight on the efforts taking place across the nation that are improving cradle-to-career opportunities for the Hispanic community.
Nominate a Bright Spot
in Hispanic Education by July 17 to become a part of our online
national catalog to be released this fall.
DID YOU KNOW?
22% of young Latino adults have an Associate’s degree or higher, 8.1% completed a Master’s degree, and 6.5% completed a PhD.
Data indicates that now, more than ever before, Latinos are graduating high school and enrolling in college at higher rates, becoming the largest minority group in our nation’s colleges and universities. Learn more through our College Completion Webinar Slides and Transcript. Though the progress has been tremendous we are committed to ensuring that there is a continuous stride in college completion.
Bucking the High School Dropout Rate
“We are making progress in increasing graduation rates not because of broad demographic and economic trends, but because the leaders of schools, districts, communities and states are working hard to drive change.” -- Dr. Robert Balfanz, Johns Hopkins University School of Education
According to the 2015 Building a Grad Nation report the national high school graduation rate hit a record high of 81.4 percent, and for the third year in a row, the nation remained on pace to meet the goal of 90 percent on-time graduation by 2020. The graduation rate for Hispanics peaked at roughly 75 percent in 2013, falling six percent short of the national average. Grad Nation suggests expanding early education opportunities for populations such as Hispanics are necessary to narrow the graduation gaps even further.
Getting a Head Start
Fifty years ago on May 18, President Lyndon B. Johnson stood in the White House Rose Garden to announce the creation of Project Head Start, a federal effort designed to ensure at-risk children across the nation received a quality early childhood experience.
In honor of the occasion, the White House released a Presidential Proclamation reminding us that investing in the future of all our children, strengthens the economy, bolsters our communities, and gives every young person the chance to build a better life. Be sure to check out the Head Start Timeline and Historic Video, as well as the new Head Start blog from Office of Head Start Director Blanca Enriquez and an Op Ed by Health and Human Services Secretary Burwell.
Did You Know?
The Initiative created the ¡Gradúate! Financial Aid Guide to Success (Guide) in both English and Spanish to help Hispanic students and families navigate the college application process? The Guide provides tools such as the College Scorecard, which helps students search for a college that is a good fit, considering key information such as cost size, location, and the type of institution as well as recommended steps for the college enrollment process, helpful tips on filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid and key financial aid resources available to better support Hispanics, including Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and non U.S. citizen students, in their efforts to access a postsecondary education.
During the school year, more than 21 million children rely on
free and reduced-price school meals. However, during the summer, only 3.8
million children participate in the Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Summer
Food Service Program. This means that too many children are at risk
of hunger because they are out of school. To help prevent summer hunger,
the USDA partners with schools, local governments, and community organizations
to offer free meals. Any child -- under the age of 18 -- can walk into
designated summer meal sites and eat for free.
In a joint letter, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Secretary Duncan
urge leadership to make sure that children do not go hungry this summer.
Duncan Inspired Again During Second Visit to School Impacted by Hurricane
Student Chefs Compete in Cooking Up Change National Finals
Duncan Praises Sustainable Schools and Announces New Green Strides Site
$60 Million Available for First in the World Grant Competition
part of the Obama Administration's commitment to drive innovations in higher
education and increase college completion, affordability and quality outcomes,
ED announced the availability of $60 million in Fiscal Year 2015 in the First in the World (FITW) program.
$3 Million in Grants Available to Help Native Youth
announced the availability of an estimated $3 million in grants to help Native
American youth become college- and career-ready. Funding for the new Native
Youth Community Projects is a key step toward implementing President Obama’s commitment to improving the lives of
American Indian and Alaskan Native children.
$24.8 Million Awarded in Elementary and Secondary School
ED awarded more than $24.8 million to 67 schools
districts in 26 states across the country to establish or expand counseling
programs. Grantees will use funds to support counseling programs in elementary
and secondary schools. Specifically, the new Elementary and Secondary School Counseling grant
awards will aid schools in hiring qualified mental-health
professionals with the goal of expanding the range, availability, quantity and
quality of counseling services