Subject: More info on Obama’s executive order for African-American Education
This was announced in the gaggle on AF1 from Seattle to New Orleans.
More details passed along from print pooler traveling with the president:
The president will announce a new initiative to improve education outcomes for African-Americans, and will sign an executive order aimed at accomplishing that.
The president is creating a new White House Initiative on Educational Excellent for African-Americans that “will work across Federal agencies and with partners and communities nationwide to produce a more effective continuum of education programs for African American students. The Initiative aims to ensure that all African American students can receive an education that fully prepares them for high school graduation, college completion, and productive careers.”
Fact sheet explains why it’s a good idea to promote good educational outcomes and some of the president’s educational goals.
The new initiative will be housed in the Education Department and will work with the Executive Office of the President and Cabinet agencies “to identify evidence-based practices to improve African American students’ achievement in school and college, and to develop a national network of individuals, organizations, and communities that will share and implement these practices.” It will also make sure federal agencies stay focused on serving and meeting the educational needs of African-Americans. It will complement the existing White House initiative to work with historically black colleges and universities.
The EO will also create the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans “to aid and advise the work of the Initiative, as well as the president and Arne Duncan on related matters. It will also engage the philanthropic, business, nonprofit and education communities in a national dialogue on African American student achievement.
Further, the EO will establish a Federal Interagency Working Group on Educational Excellent for African Americans to convene senior officials from the EOP and several agencies to coordinate federal work in education from preschool through adult education.
From co-pooler Amy Gardner, who asked Jay Carney as the pool climbed down onto the tarmac in New Orleans about Secretary Geithner’s testimony on Capitol Hill today. Carney said this:
“It’s ironic that Republicans are jumping on this. They continue to fight alongside lobbyists for Wall Street to undo, repeal or water down Wall Street reforms.”
“And as Secretary Geithner himself and the Treasury Department have pointed out, when he was at the New York Fed, he took aggressive action on this issue, and also made recommendations to our United Kingdom counterparts on this issue. So when it comes to having in place the kinds of regulations on Wall Street that protect consumers, protect the Americna people, the president and the secretary of the treasury have led all the way.”
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