July 2020 Issue

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White House Hispanic Prosperity Initiative


July 2020 Issue

"The executive order I will sign in a few moments will expand our efforts across all the federal government to deliver educational and economic opportunity for Hispanic Americans. At the heart of our strategy to create a prosperous future for every Hispanic American, as well as all Americans, is a great family of education.”

— President Trump, in his remarks, at the signing of the Executive Order of the White House Hispanic Prosperity Initiative.

President Trump Establishes the White House Hispanic Prosperity Initiative

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On July 9, President Trump signed an Executive Order establishing the White House Hispanic Prosperity Initiative at a Rose Garden ceremony. This initiative, housed at the U.S. Department of Education, will improve access to educational and economic opportunities for Hispanic Americans by promoting education and workforce development practices, fostering private and public partnerships, and advising the President and Secretary of Education on issues important to Hispanic Americans. Building on the legacy of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, this action will improve access to educational, training, and economic opportunities for Hispanic American students by promoting options to enhance personalized learning, family engagement, civics education, and pathways to in-demand jobs. The Executive Order further demonstrates the President’s support of school choice, apprenticeships and work-based learning initiatives, Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs), as well as the investment in economically distressed communities and small and minority-owned businesses.

At the signing ceremony, President Trump announced his intent to appoint 12 individuals to serve on the President's Advisory Commission on Hispanic Prosperity.

Before the signing ceremony, President Trump hosted a roundtable with Hispanic leaders to discuss critical issues facing the Hispanic community.

The White House also released videos from Hispanic leaders sharing their perspective on the White House Hispanic Prosperity Initiative:

In addition, Small Business Administrator Carranza wrote an op-ed (Spanish), which appeared in the Miami Herald, sharing the Trump Administration's commitment to helping Hispanics create prosperity through business and education.

And, Secretary DeVos released a statement on the executive order on the White House Hispanic Prosperity Initiative. 

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White House Hosts Summit on Safely Reopening America’s Schools

Reopening Schools

On July 8, the White House hosted a half-day Summit on Safely Reopening America’s Schools focusing on reopening America’s schools in safe ways that respect the holistic health and learning needs of America’s students. The Summit included state and local leaders, health professionals, teachers, administrators, parents, and higher education institution leaders from across the nation. In the weeks ahead, educators and government officials at the state and local levels will be making important decisions about when to safely reopen America’s schools. As more states safely reopen under President Trump’s guidelines, local leaders must continue to put the critical needs of America’s children first.  

On July 23, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new science-based resources and tools for school administrators, teachers, parents, guardians, and caregivers when schools open this fall. With states, cities, and communities around the country experiencing different levels of COVID-19 transmission, jurisdictions should make sure appropriate public health strategies are in place to slow the spread of the virus as the first step in creating a safer school environment. CDC also held a telebriefing, joined by the Department’s Deputy Secretary Mick Zais, to explain how these new resources and tools support safely reopening schools by promoting behaviors that prevent spread, altering the school and school day structure, and keeping the school environment healthy through cleaning, proper ventilation, and other practices. Finally, they provide students, school administrators, parents, guardians, and caregivers with the information they need to guide decision-making and adapt to local conditions. 

The Trump Administration is providing strong support to ensure K –12 students continue to learn while mitigating the spread of the virus.

  • The President has made more than $13 billion available to support continued education for K–12 students enrolled in public, charter, and private schools affected by the coronavirus.
  • With the Treasury Department’s $150 billion Coronavirus Relief Fund, state and local governments can access funding to help school districts affected by the coronavirus.
  • The Trump Administration has provided flexibility for school breakfast and lunch programs, helping children access nutritious meals in a safe manner for the entire school year.

Updated COVID-19 Resources


The White House, the Department, and other federal agencies are continually releasing and updating information to support schools, educators, families, and students regarding COVID-19. In addition to the links below, please visit the recently revamped https://www.ed.gov/coronavirus for the latest education-related information and address questions for the Department to COVID-19@ed.gov.

Rethinking Higher Education

On July 1, several new regulations based on the Secretary’s Rethink Higher Education agenda took effect, including rules forged by consensus negotiated rulemaking on accreditation and state authorization reform. This comes as the Department publishes a new regulation, also agreed to by a diverse panel of negotiators, to guarantee the constitutional rights of religious organizations participating in Federal Student Aid (FSA) programs and improve Teacher Education Assistance for College Higher Education (TEACH) grants.

The Department’s Accreditation and State Authorization regulations expand educational options for students, protect schools with religious missions, lower accreditation costs borne by institutions, clarify an institution’s responsibility for determining where a student resides and what distance learning rules impact that student, and ensure occupational-focused education meets current workforce needs. These regulations also replace the idea of a one-size-fits-all standard with accountability requirements that align with an institution’s mission and program offerings. And, the regulations recognize that students and accrediting organizations are not limited to a specific geographic region, so they end the dated concept of regional accreditation and clarify that the Department holds all accreditors to the same standards.

Additional regulations now in effect include the Department’s overhaul of the previous Administration’s Gainful Employment and Borrower Defense rules. In their place, the current Administration promulgated new regulations that protect individual borrowers from fraud, ensure accountability across institutions, require due process, and protect taxpayers.

Moreover, the Department’s new Faith-Based Institutions and TEACH Grants final regulation guarantees the constitutional rights of religious students who participate in FSA programs and institutions that participate in the agency’s various funding opportunities. Student loan borrowers will no longer have to forfeit their access to public benefits, such as loan forgiveness, simply because they choose to work at faith-based, non-profit institutions.  And, teachers will be able to focus on teaching rather than burdensome paperwork requirements with random deadlines, ensuring that their grants will not be erroneously converted to loans.

Find Something New

Find Something New

The Ad Council recently unveiled Find Something New, a national campaign created in collaboration with Apple, IBM, and the White House, with support from more than 200 public, private, and nonprofit members of the Business Roundtable and the President’s American Workforce Policy Advisory Board. With nearly 18 million Americans out of work amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the campaign aims to help people of all ages, backgrounds, and experiences develop their skills for the rapidly changing job market. All individuals are encouraged to “find something new” at FindSomethingNew.org, which offers resources to explore a wide range of education and training options. 

The campaign will appear nationwide in donated time and space across all platforms, including television, digital, and print. The ads, featuring stories from real individuals who found fulfilling careers after embracing new ways of learning, direct audiences to the website. 

The web site has an interactive tool that recommends education pathways for each user, information about rising careers to consider, and a directory of resources for life services, such as childcare, food assistance, and internet access. Pathways featured include online and virtual learning; professional certification programs; associate degrees; and vocational, technical, and trades education.

New Rural Tech Challenge to Advance Technology Education

Rural Tech Project

Secretary DeVos recently announced a challenge for educators to rethink education options for rural high school students during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Rural Tech Project is a $600,000 challenge to advance rural technology education and prepare students for the careers of today and tomorrow. The Department invites high schools and local educational agencies to propose technology education programs that use competency-based distance learning.

Proposals are due Oct. 8. Up to five finalists will progress to Phase 2 and each will receive an equal share of the $500,000 cash prize pool, on-the-ground assistance, and access to virtual resources. One grand prize winner will receive an additional $100,000.

Title IX Regulations

On July 21, the Department's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) released a video webinar highlighting due process protections contained in the Department’s new Title IX regulations

On July 7, OCR released a companion webinar: “New Title IX Protections Against Sexual Assault.” 

For a list of tools that OCR has issued to assist recipients with Title IX compliance, visit OCR’s blog entry, while questions and requests for technical assistance may be directed to T9questions@ed.gov.

Working Together to Serve Diverse Communities: A Virtual Resource Fair

The Federal Trade Commission is hosting a two-day virtual resource fair on Aug. 5–6. Nine federal agencies will share information concerning their missions and programs that are available to address these challenges and to strengthen the diverse individuals, families, and organizations that they serve. This information-packed event offers a roadmap to access federal services, build stronger relationships, and explore ways that communities can work together to better serve Black, Latino, and other communities. No registration is required.

Your Financial Path to Graduation

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has developed a new tool to help students plan how to pay for school called Your financial path to graduation. Using input from advisers and students, this interactive web tool helps students to understand their financial aid offers and decide if the schools they’ve been accepted to are good financial fits. Advisers can keep track of all their students’ plans as they evolve, without buying any new software or storing students’ personal data.

Spring 2021 White House Internships

The Spring 2021 White House Internship Program is now accepting applications. The application portal will remain open until 11:59 p.m. EDT on Friday, Aug. 28, 2020. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

The Spring 2021 White House Internship Program term will run from Wednesday, Jan. 27 to Friday, April 16, 2021. 

The White House Internship Program is highly competitive. Applicants are selected based on their demonstrated commitment to public service, leadership in the community, and commitment to the mission of the Trump Administration. Questions about the White House Internship Program application can be directed to intern_application@who.eop.gov. More information, including eligibility, details about placements in the White House Internship Program, and a list of frequently asked questions, can be found on the White House website.

Bar Chart Races Show Growth in Hispanic Student Enrollment

The Initiative cross-posted two blogs from the National Center for Education Statistics that showcased, in bar chart races, the growth in Hispanic K–12 enrollment and Hispanic postsecondary enrollment.