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The strength of America’s education system is undoubtedly connected to the academic success of Latinos. With the shift in demographics taking place in our nation’s schools, securing an adequate and equal education for all students, including Latinos, should be a priority not just for the federal government but for every person in this country.

September 2015 marked the 25th anniversary of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics (Initiative).  Throughout Hispanic Heritage Month the Initiative released the following:  

  • The President announced 150 Commitments to Action with a collective investment of over $335 million which will build on, and accelerate federal, state, and local investments in high-quality education, from cradle-to-career for the nation’s Latino community. Access the entire National Commitments to Action Online Catalog [Fact Sheet] [PDF Full List]
  • The Latinas in the U.S. report highlights the condition of Hispanic girls and women in the country and their participation in areas such as: education, health, labor, housing and politics. The report can inform key programmatic, policy and advocacy efforts at the local, state and national levels seeking to better increase the educational attainment and life outcomes of Latinas.
  • The Federal Agencies Investing in Hispanic Education report features a sampling of programs, grants and/or initiatives that support and invest in the educational attainment and improved life outcomes of all students, including Hispanics, as reported by 23 of the 29 member agencies of the Working Group.
  • The Federal Agency Data Plans outline funding provided and efforts led by Federal agencies which help increase access to Federal government resources and support the educational attainment of all students.
  • The English Learner Tool Kit helps state and local education agencies help English Learners by fulfilling obligations as outlined in the Dear Colleague Letter (DCL). The Toolkit has 10 chapters (one for each section of the DCL), and contains an overview, sample tools, and resources.



Hispanic educational progress timeline from 1990 to 2015.