First look: Biden orders new panel on Hispanic education

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President Biden is launching a new take on Hispanic education as the percentage of Latino students in US public schools continues to grow.

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big picture: Latinos make up about 27% of all public school students and about 20% of college students. Most of them are expected to be US residents by mid-century, but are now lagging behind in graduation rates and student achievement.

running news: Biden on Monday signed an executive order to create a White House initiative, “Advancing Educational Equity, Excellence, and Economic Opportunity for Hispanics,” which will be placed within the US Department of Education.

  • It will focus on breaking down the barriers and systemic challenges faced by Hispanic students from childhood through college, the White House told Nerdshala.
  • Melody Gonzales, an Obama administration official and former San Diego journalist, will lead the effort and collect data on the state of Latino education as schools reopen from the pandemic.
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of note: The order also creates a new Presidential Advisory Commission on Advance Equity, Excellence and Economic Opportunity for Hispanics, which will be composed of business, education and community leaders.

  • The commission will make recommendations to the President and the Secretary of Education, Miguel Cardona.

by numbers: The national adjusted cohort high school graduation rate among Latinos during the 2018–19 school year is 82%, the last number available, according to National Center for Education Statistics.

  • This rate was four percentage points below the overall national average and seven percentage points below the whites.
  • In 2019, about two in ten Hispanic children (21%) were living in poverty, The Pew Research Center reported last year. This is higher than the national average of 14% for all children.
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do not forget: New Mexico, the state with the largest percentage of Hispanic residents in the country, is locked in a legal battle called Yazzy/Martínez Sue.

  • The lawsuit alleges that New Mexico has failed to provide an adequate and equitable system of education to all New Mexican children, as guaranteed by the state’s constitution.
  • New Mexico is regularly ranked as 49th or 50th yearly in the field of education.

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